Sword maker: Master GG (French, active Paris, ca. 1774)
Date: hallmarked 1773–74
Culture: French, Paris
Medium: Gold, steel, wood, fish skin
Dimensions: L. with scabbard 38 1/2 in. (97.8 cm); L. without scabbard 38 1/8 in. (96.8 cm); W. 4 in. (10.2 cm); D. 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm); Wt. 1 lb. 13 oz. (822.1 g); Wt. of scabbard 2.7 oz. (76.5 g)
Credit Line: Purchase, Annie Laurie Aitken Charitable Lead Trust Gift, and Gift of William H. Riggs, by exchange, 1998
Accession Number: 1998.35a, b
An example of the highest quality Parisian goldsmiths' work, the hilt is decorated with figures of the Classical deities Mars, Minerva, Jupiter, and Hercules, and the personifications of Justice and Prudence.