French Silver Small Sword XVIII Century

French small sword from the XVIII th century.
It has a lovely silver hilt with a fancy twisted wire on the grip.

Classic silver hilt " à Pas d' Ane ". Leather scabbard with two silver mounts and a fancy bouterolle
Double edged triangular cross section blade. It is a Colichemarde blade.
Engraved with folia patterns.
Good sword for thursting but also cutting.


This style of blade was invented and named after the Graf von Königsmark which became Colichemarde in French.
The blade type is found on examples predating the counts lifetime, so while the name maybe a derivative of his, the blade type probably developed separately.

It originated, most likely, from the late period rapier blades that had a wide forte, often with several fullers, and then a step down in width after the fullers ended. The cross section of the Colichemarde blades are usually hexagonal or diamond shape.

Due to a partial resemblance in shape the colichemarde is considered to be a descendant of the Rapier. 
The shape of a colichemarde combines good Parrying qualities with good thrusting abilities and the ability to fence faster. This is achieved thanks to a wide forte, which then stepped down in width after the fullers ended. 
It was one of the most popular types of small swords.

The result of this strange shape was a higher maneuverability of the sword: with the weight of the blade concentrated in one's hand it became possible to maneuver the blade at a greater speed and with a higher degree of control, allowing the fencer to place a precise thrust at his opponent.

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