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Clement   Link to this

English swords often had a domestically produced hilt attached to an imported blade. (The blades from Hounslow notwithstanding.)
Here's a descriptive link with hilt photos of pieces from the 1st half of the 17th c.
http://www.myarmoury.com/feature_engswords.html
Blades of Spanish make were often considered to be the finest. The description "Toledo steel" is thought to have some cach

Pedro.   Link to this

Swords. L&M Companion (p98).

(Men's Dress)

Dress swords, often with silver hilts, replaced rapiers at the Restoraton as part of the everyday outdoor wear of gentlemen. He was improperly dressed if he were without sword or cloak, and his footbot would wear a small sword as part of his livery, thus emphasising the fact that the weapon was for decoration rather than utility.

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