Smallsword with Scabbard

Sword maker: Master GG (French, active Paris, ca. 1774)

Date: hallmarked 1773–74

Geography: Paris

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)

Classification: Swords

Credit Line: Purchase, Annie Laurie Aitken Charitable Lead Trust Gift, and Gift of William H. Riggs, by exchange, 1998

Accession Number: 1998.35a, b

Description

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.

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