L., 38 3/4 in. (98.43 cm); greatest W. 5 1/2 in. (13.97 cm); L. of blade 32 5/8 in. (82.85 cm); W. of blade 1 3/16 in. (3 cm); D. of blade 5/16 in. (0.79 cm); Wt. 3 lb. (1361 g)
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 372
The basket is decorated with the royal arms of Great Britain as used between 1714 and 1801.
Inscription: Inscribed in the groove, on both sides of the blade: "X ANDRIA X FARARA X"
Marking: Arms of great Britain as used by George I, II, III (1714-1801): Quaterly, 1. England and Scotland impaled; 2. France; 3. Ireland; 4. Hanover (per chevron and the chief per pale 1. Brunswick; 2. Lüneburg; 3. Hanover, over all in escutcheon of the Arch Treasurer of the Empire).
Shield encircled by a Garter; surmounted by a crown (so-called Crown of St. Edward, the official Crown of England), supported by a Lion and a Unicorn; in the base, a scroll with the motto: DIEU ET MON DROIT (God and my right).
Sickle mark on both sides of the blade.
Ex coll.: Meyrick
Ex coll. Beurdeley; Boutet; Riggs