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Basket-hilted Sword

Date:
ca. 1720–40
Culture:
British
Medium:
Steel, gold, leather, textile, wood, sharkskin, silver
Dimensions:
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)
Classification:
Swords
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
14.25.1150
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
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