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European Gilded Hunting Sword
- This remarkably rare sword was crafted especially for a distinguished European patron circa 1830
- Hunting swords like this were intended to deliver the final blow to wounded prey
- The lion-decorated sword is accompanied by its original, equally ornate, scabbard
- With its luxurious craftsmanship this sword is a masterpiece of armored art
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The sword's accompanying scabbard is itself a work of art. The rich emerald velvet is elegantly embellished by ornate gold scrolling motifs delicately painted onto the metal. Two commanding hand-hammered and gilded medallions illustrating vivid hunting scenes in front of a castle further elevate the scabbard’s impressive form.
Hunting swords, originally conceived as compact civilian arms, served a distinct purpose: safeguarding hunters while also delivering the decisive blow to wounded game, sparing the need for an additional shot. With an average blade length of 26 inches and featuring at least one sharp edge, it became an accompaniment to the musket, proving invaluable for close-quarters combat. Characterized by its compact size and lightweight design, hunting swords such as this became emblematic pieces cherished by both land and naval officers. While their practical use in combat may have been limited, their presence carried significance in terms of rank and prestige. Encountering any hunting sword of this caliber is an uncommon occurrence, but to find one in such exceptional condition is a marvel, encapsulating a slice of history where craftsmanship, luxury and artistry converged.
Sword and hilt: 34" length by 8" wide by 1 1/2" deep
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