Hunting Sword with Scabbard

Sword maker: Grip attributed to Joseph Deutschmann (German, Imst 1717–1787 Passau)

Date: ca. 1740

Geography: possibly Munich

Culture: German, possibly Munich

Medium: Steel, silver, ivory, wood, leather

Dimensions: L. 29 1/2 in. (74.9 cm); L. of blade 23 1/4 in. (59 cm); W. of blade 1 1/8 in. (2.8 cm); D. of blade 5/16 in. (0.8 cm);Wt. 1 lb. 2 oz. (510.29 g); Wt. of scabbard 1 lb 6 oz. (624 g)

Classification: Swords-Hunting

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: 26.145.243a, b

Description

Very similar sword grips of ivory, carved with fanciful Rococo ornament of shells and waves, are recorded in the armory of the prince-elector of Bavaria in Munich in the 1740s. The lion at the top of the grip holds a crescent moon beneath its paw, probably alluding to recent European victories over the Ottoman Turks in Eastern Europe.

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