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Presentation Smallsword with Scabbard

Date:
dated 1780
Geography:
London
Culture:
British
Medium:
Gold, steel, wood, fish skin
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:
26.145.314a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 376
Admiral Marriot Arbuthnot (1711–1794) was presented with this sword by the residents of the English island of Jersey (Channel Islands) for having saved them from attack by the French fleet in 1779. A band wound around the grip bears a Latin inscription that reads in translation: "The Island of Jersey, delivered, presents this in gratitude, 1780." The urn-shaped pommel is an early example of what later became a characteristic feature of English Neoclassical hilts.
London. Burlington Fine Arts Club. "Exhibition of Chased and Embossed Steel and Iron Work of European Origin," 1900, case N, no. 2 (lent by Mr. S. Willson).

Burlington Fine Arts Club and John Starkie Gardner. Exhibition of Chased and Embossed Steel and Iron Work of European Origin. London: Burlington Fine Arts Club, 1900. p. 72.

Dean, Bashford. Catalogue of European Court Swords and Hunting Swords: Including the Ellis, De Dino, Riggs, and Reubell Collections. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1929. no. 105, pl. LXXVIII.

Bunt, Cyril G. E. "Swords of Honour." The Connoisseur 112 (1943). p. 105, fig. 18.

Norman, A. V. B. "The Dating and Identification of Some Swords in the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle." The Journal of the Arms & Armour Society 9, no. 6 (December 1979). pp. 236–37 (a sword with similar decoration, by Bland).

Norman, A. V. B. The Rapier and Small-Sword, 1460–1820. London: Arms and Armour Press, 1980. p. 208, n. 39.



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