Silver Mounted Swords: The Lattimer Family Collection (Hilts) by: Daniel Hartzler
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This book will introduce the reader to the large variety of elegant silver hilted dress swords carried in America, during the Colonial and Revolutionary periods, and until about 1815.
Many examples and variations will be seen. Classic ball pommels on small-swords (also called court swords) were for dressy occasions. For field use, British military officers began to adopt lion head pommels as a truly British symbol. American silversmiths later modified this theme to resemble dog heads. After the Revolution, the British lions began to give way to eagle head pommels which varied recognizably from city to city, as you will see. Pillow pommels next became popular, following the European trend, about the turn of the century. Plain cap or disc pommels were used as variations, all along, with more complex Roman helmet style pommels appearing late in the century. British and German silver hilts were then created as eagle pommels and were decorated for the American market.
Signed specimens by about one hundred American silversmiths, who made sword hilts, are shown, often with several examples, thus documenting how the same man might vary his artistry by changing the appearance of his lions or his eagles.
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- Width: 9.25 inches
- Height: 12.38 inches
- Depth: 0 inch
- Weight: 5.13 pounds
- Hard Cover with dust jacket
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