Probably a one of a kind, Veterans, Guild or Masonic Lodge dagger. The French blade is a well made example of the late 18th and early 18th C, with a partial signature. The brass hilt and scabbard are remarkable in their detail. The scabbard bears a French Phrygian cap, a symbol of the Revolution as well as for Liberty in the American Revolution. The flaming bomb and stacked cannon balls along with masonic square and compass, suggest a Guild or Lodge of Artillery Veterans. The owners initials, LL appear both on the scabbard as well as the hilt pommel. The brass hilt bears different classical images, in relief, on each side. The quillons may have been removed? A fascinating piece of Revolutionary or Masonic history or perhaps both?. Length 15.75", blade 11.5". C1800.
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