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Hunting Sword of Prince Camillo Borghese (1775–1832)

François Pirmet (French, Paris, recorded 1779–1818)
Antoine-Modeste Fournera (French, Paris, documented 1806–17)
French, Paris
Silver-gilt, steel, leather, mother-of-pearl
L. with scabbard 27 in. (68.6 cm); Wt. with scabbard 1 lb. 10 oz. (737 g); L. of sword 25 7/16 in. (64.6 cm); W. of hilt 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm); L. of blade 19 3/4 in. (50.2 cm); W. of blade 1 3/16 in. (3 cm); L. of scabbard 21 3/8 in. (54.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Sulzberger Foundation, Inc. and David G. Alexander Gifts, and Bequest of Stephen V. Grancsay, by exchange, 1982
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 375
In addition to the traditional hunting motifs, the decoration includes (on the back of the guard) the monogram of Camillo Borghese (1775–1832), Napoléon's brother-in-law, who served the French cause in Italy. The scabbard is engraved with Pirmet's name and his title, "gunmaker to His Majesty, the King of Westphalia," in reference to Napoleon's brother Jérôme Bonaparte.
Ex. Coll.: Borghese, Rome; Frederick Gallatin; Albert Gallatin; James P. Gallatin.
Grancsay, Stephen V. Loan Exhibition of European Arms and Armor. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, July 1931. pp. 42–43, no. 153, ill.

Pyhrr, Stuart W., and Helmut Nickel. Notable Acquisitions 1982/1983 (1982). p. 27, ill.

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