Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Basket-Hilted Sword

Date:
1730–50
Culture:
Scottish
Medium:
Steel, gold, leather, wood, velvet
Dimensions:
L. 40 7/8 in. (103.8 cm); L. of blade 34 5/16 in. (87.2 cm); W. 6 in. (15.2 cm); Wt. 3 lb. 7 oz. (1559 g)
Classification:
Swords
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1904
Accession Number:
04.3.51
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 372
The hilt of this sword may have been refurbished and decorated around the time of King George IV's state visit to Scotland in 1822, which sparked a revival in traditional Scottish fashions.
Inscription: Inscribed in Spanish, "EN VSENIA. SE CONOCEN. LOS. AMIGOS" (absence proves friendship) on one side; and on the other, "MAS. VALE. A QVI. EN. DIOS. AYVDA. QVE. MVCHO. MADRUGA." (he whom God aids is better than he who takes the initiative).
Ex coll.: Dino p. 67 (F.52)
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