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Smallsword, known as a Mourning Sword

Date:
ca. 1790
Culture:
British
Medium:
Steel
Dimensions:
L. 38 in. (96.5 cm); L. of blade 30 3/4 in. (78.1 cm); greatest W. of blade 11/16 in. (1.8 cm); greatest thickness of blade 3/8 in. (0.9 cm); Wt. 15 oz. (425 g)
Classification:
Swords
Credit Line:
Gift of Jean Jacques Reubell, in memory of his mother, Julia C. Coster, and of his wife, Adeline E. Post, both of New York City, 1926
Accession Number:
26.145.307
Not on view
The deeply blued steel hilt is set with faceted steel beads, giving the impression of jewels. Beaded steel smallsword hilts, blued to nearly jet black, were in fashion in England during the Neoclassical period and are thought to have been worn with formal dress at times of mourning.
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