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Old 12th June 2021, 05:07 PM   #1
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Default Colichemarde English smallsword

By William Kinman, 1772 retailed by Richard Clarke, No. 102 Cheapside, recorded c. 1741-1812.
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Old 13th June 2021, 02:28 AM   #2
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"...a silver sword? well thou shalt have that too , now hast thou everything".
-VANBRUGH, 1705



This is a beautiful example of small sword by William Kinman of London, of 8
Snow Hill, Holborn Cross Precinct, London, who seems to have been quite prolific and important in precious metal hilts and guilds and associations.

The four key markings here are placed on the vestigial pas d'ane rings, as the practice by 1770s and earlier.
In Aylward (1945, fig. 46) a silver hilt remarkably similar in all its features is shown , by John Fayle, Fleet St. in diamante work ( with facets and bead work).
Aylward remarks( p.75) that this sword may well have been such a weapon that the character Capt. Absolute was hiding under his cloak, in the play "The Rivals" by Sheridan produced the same year , 1775.
Perhaps the fashion was at least present already by 1772.

A great deal of history, elegance and fashion, yet still a most deadly weapon.
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A beautiful piece of work.
Where did the information come from regarding the retailer?
Do you, by chance, happen to know the price?

I have seen one missive from the mid. 1700s where a chap complains:
"...can't get a handsome sword for 5 or 6, so have ventured to 8 lOs .... ".
That is a retail price of over 2,000 today, but a lot more in the relative cost of manual labour.

The hallmarks on my WK boat-shell colichemarde (posted in an earlier thread) show: WK; Lion; Leopard; ?. I can't make out the date mark.
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Old 15th June 2021, 06:51 AM   #4
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Where did the information come from regarding the retailer?
Do you, by chance, happen to know the price?

The hallmarks on my WK boat-shell colichemarde (posted in an earlier thread) show: WK; Lion; Leopard; ?
The retailer name is marked on the scabbard (see photo). Unfortunately I don't remember the price and I didn't keep the invoice.

The lion (see photo) stands for sterling silver, while the crowned leopard is the mark of the London Assay Office.
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Didn't keep the receipt? How can you return it if it gets bent?
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Very nice sword, I've been admiring this type lately. Don't ask the price and you won't get those answers.
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