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Smallsword

Sword cutler:
Attributed to John Bland (British, London, active ca. 1780–85)
Date:
ca. 1780–85
Geography:
London
Culture:
British, probably London
Medium:
Gold, steel
Dimensions:
L. 39 in. (99.1 cm); L. of blade 32 3/16 in. (81.7 cm); Wt. 1 lb. (454 g)
Classification:
Swords
Credit Line:
Gift of Jean Jacques Reubell, in memory of his mother, Julia C. Coster, and of his wife, Adeline E. Post, both of New York City, 1926
Accession Number:
26.145.311
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 376
This unusual Neoclassical hilt combines fashionable cut-steel beads with panels of blued and gold-encrusted steel. It is attributed to the London sword-cutler John Bland, who retailed several hilts of similar workmanship.
Allen, Robert. The Loyal Americans : The military rôle of the Loyalist Provincial Corps and their settlement in British North America, 1775-1784. Ottawa : National Museum of Man/National Museums of Canada: National Gallery of Canada, 1983. no 47.



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