SOLD Antique 18th century Polish infantry officer sword. Details: A typical 18th century Polish hussar style gold gild brass stirrup hilt, merging into shaped langets, with a back-strap rising up to form a maned lion head pommel, a wooden grip with its original sharkskin bounding, retained on both sides by three domed brass rivets. A slightly curved sturdy single edged steel blade, cut with two fullers, double – edged toward the point. In its original brass mounted leather scabbard, the locket incorporating a long cross belt hook.
CONDITION: The sword is in good condition considering its age, except for minor pitting to the blade, and partly worn gold gilding of the hilt.
MEASUREMENTS: Overall length with the scabbard: 75.3 cm (29 5/8 in), length without the scabbard: 73 cm (28 3/4 in).
REFERENCES: An 18th century Polish sword with a similar hilt, also with sharkskin bounding, is published with color photographs in the Russian edition of the book, "Polish Sword" by Wlodzimierz Kwasniewicz, Published in Saint Petersburg 2005, Page 161. Also in "European Edged Weapons" by A.N. Kulinsky Page 262. Other Polish swords with similar hilts are published in the books: (a) “Polska Bron - Bron biala” by Andrzej Nadolski illustration150, 161 (b) “Katalog Zbiorow Wiek XVIII Muzeum Wojska Polskiego w Warszawie” Tablica II D.
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