“Eye miniatures came into fashion at the end of the 18th century. In France, where eye miniature seems to have originated, the eye as symbol of watchfulness was adopted by the state police for buckles and belts. In Britain it had a role as a love token, with some eye miniatures glistening with a trompe-l’oeil tear, or a diamond set to imitate a tear. Most eye miniatures are unsigned, due to the minuteness of the background, and often the name of the person whose eye is depicted is unknown.”
A superior 18th century English silver hilted small sword in good condition with hallmarks for London 1754. The makers mark is comprised of the letters J.C for John Carman II. This sword with its delicate hand-pierced workmanship represents the highest quality of silver hilted sword making in London in the 18th century.