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Smallsword

Date:
hallmarked 1747–48
Geography:
London
Culture:
British, London
Medium:
Silver, steel, wood
Dimensions:
L. 35 1/2 in. (90.2 cm); Wt. 15 oz. (425.2 g)
Classification:
Swords
Credit Line:
Gift of Eric Vaule, in memory of his mother, Rae D. Vaule, 1991
Accession Number:
1991.115
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 372
The silver hilt is decorated with an imaginative array of Rococo masks and shells. It is a fine example of the application of contemporary decorative styles to the design of sword hilts.
La Rocca, Donald J. "Illustrated Fencing Books 1500–1800." In The Academy of the Sword. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1998. p. 33, ill.



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