Belgian Court Sword, 19th Century
A 19th century Belgian court/smallsword, featuring the Belgian royal coat of arms and having a functional blade and mother of pearl grips. This model of sword is based on French examples and dates to after 1837, when the Belgian coat of arms and motto ‘l’Union Fait La Force’, as featured on the guard, was officially adopted. The hilt has been configured for a left-handed person, interestingly and unusually. The blade is a simple but totally effective hollow-ground triangular smallsword blade, which is solid in the hilt. The ornate gilded guard is in nice condition overal, though there is a little crack in the knucklebow. Mother of pearl grip.