Sword Guard, about 1750. Museum no. A.114-1920

Sword Guard, about 1750. Museum no. A.114-1920

Sword Guard
France
About 1750
Mother-of-pearl
Museum no. A.114-1920
Given by Sydney Vacher

Originally sword guards protected the hand but in the 18th century, when swords were carried for ceremonial purposes, they became purely decorative.