It was customary for gentlemen, both military and civilian, to carry swords in the 18th century. The swords had become ceremonial in purpose, were light and intended to decorate rather than to defend. This is a design based very closely on court swords of the period, with a small coquille and very thin blade. It is supported by straps attached to a belt (not rendered, as it could interfere with clothing) which would be hidden under a waistcoat.