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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. The Academy of the Sword: Illustrated Fencing Books 1500–1800. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1998. p. 33, ill.



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