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Smallsword

Date:
hallmarked 1689–90; blade dated 1674
Geography:
London
Culture:
British, London
Medium:
Steel, silver, wood
Dimensions:
L. 38 in. (96.5 cm); L. of blade 30 7/8 in. (78.4 cm); Wt. 1 lb. 5 oz. (595.3 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:
26.145.346
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 372
This hilt displays, in an early form, the basic features that continued to characterize English and American smallswords throughout the eighteenth century.
Marking: Maker's mark: GS (possibly George Shaw)
State College, Pa. Pennsylvania State University, Museum of Art. "Short Term Loan," September 5–October 31, 1982.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Academy of the Sword: Illustrated Fencing Books 1500-1800," June 9, 1998–November 29, 1999.

Norman, A. V. B. Small Swords and Military swords: Their Development and Dating, from the Middle of the Seventeenth Century to the Early Nineteenth Century. London: Arms and Armour Press, 1967. no page-note 14.

Norman, A. V. B. The Rapier and Small-Sword, 1460–1820. London: Arms and Armour Press, 1980. p. 204, n.21 and p. 278, n.1.

La Rocca, Donald J., and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 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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