The small swords is a further transformation of a simple sword. In Western Europe court swords were very popular in the sixteenth century. Until the end of the eighteenth century it was an essential part of the nobility dress. It was a common combat and duel weapon.
In Russia until 1917 court swords were used as part of certain costume. They were distinctive status weapons of honor of the nobility.
Nowadays court swords still preserve their status and create a special attitude. If in the heirloom collection there is a beautiful and professionally manufactured court sword (especially with the owner's emblem), it is a sign of nobility or of an emergence of a new influential clan.