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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. of blade 13/16 in. (2.1 cm); D. of blade 3/8 in. (0.9 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
Whawell, Samuel James. Whawell, Samuel J., Collection, Sale catalogue, May 3-6, 1927. Sotheby & Co., London, 1927.

"Collection of the Late Theodore Offerman, Sold by the Order of the Executor of His Estate, The National City Bank of New York." In European Arms & Armor of the XV–XVIII century. New York: American Art Association-Anderson Galleries, Inc., November 11–13, 1937. p. 41, no. 263, ill. p. 5.



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