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Smallsword

Date:
hallmarked for 1694–95
Geography:
Paris
Culture:
French, Paris
Medium:
Silver, gold, wood, steel
Dimensions:
L. 36 1/2 in. (92.7 cm); L. of blade 29 15/16 in. (76 cm); W. 4 in. (10.2 cm); D. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm); Wt. 1 lb. 2 oz. (510 g)
Classification:
Swords
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. D. H. Schmidt, in memory of Theodore Offerman, 1937
Accession Number:
37.186.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 376
Inscription: On pas d'ane (anterior, reverse side) Crowned A Dateletter Paris 1717/18; Poinçon de Change of Maître Pierre Pointeau Dec. 1, 1691-Nov.30, 1696 (similar to poinçon of Etienne de Bourges).
On pas d'ane (posterior) AR (unidentified Makers mark).
On knuckleguard poinçon de vieux (stamp for resaled objects) 1780-1789.

Inscription: Thre Keiserliche maistät, Chur Mäntz, Chur Cöllen, Chur Trier, Chur Bairn (on one side), Chur Sachsen, Chur Branden-Burg, Chur Pfaltz, Chur Brunswig lünneburg (on other side)
Ex coll.: Samuel James Whawell, London; Theodore Offerman, New York City
New York. Brooklyn Museum. "Loan Exhibition of European Arms and Armor," June 12–October 1, 1933.

Rosenberg, Marc. Der Goldschmiede Merkzeichen. Vol. 4. 3rd edition ed. Berlin: Frankfurter Verlags Anstalt, 1922-1928. vol. 4, p. 251, 255–256.

"Sold by Order of his Executors, The Midland Bank Executor and Trustee Company Limited and Mrs. Rebecca Appleyard." In Catalogue of the Magnificent Collection of Armour, Weapons, and Works of Art, The Property of the late S. J. Whawell, Esq.. London: Sotheby's, London, 1927. no.268, p. 49.

European Arms & Armor of the XV–XVIII Century: Collection of the Late Theodore Offerman, Sold by the Order of the Executor of His Estate, The National City Bank of New York. New York: William Bradford Press, 1937. p. 41, no. 263, ill. p. 5.



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