A Very Fine Georgian Officers Small Sword.
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39 ½" overall, 33" colichemarde blade with etched panels and engraved ‘Honi soit qui mal y pense’. Double shell guard with gadrooned edge, quillon bloc en suite, gadrooned knucklebow with indistinct London Hall Mark and a clear IR and pellet between, maker’s mark for John Radborn. Gadrooned round pommel and quillon terminal. Grip of double twisted silver wire and silver ribbons. Circa 1765-75
A very pretty sword in good condition. Lacks scabbard
Honi soit qui mal y pense "Shame be to him who thinks ill of it" The motto of the Order of the Garter and used by Horse Guards, The Life Guards, Grenadier Guards and Coldstream Guards.
John Radborn indentured to the cutler Nathaniel Young in 1737, and John Smith from 1742 until Free in 1745, worked in New Street from 1737 till his death in 1780 .One London’s finest sword cutlers. Examples of his work in the Royal Armouries and the Metropolitan in New York.