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Smallsword Hilt with Storage Case

Decorator:
Rundell, Bridge and Rundell (British, London, active 1797–1843)
Date:
ca. 1785–1800
Geography:
London or Birmingham
Culture:
British, Birmingham or London
Medium:
Steel, wood, leather, silk
Dimensions:
Hilt (a); L. including tang 8 1/4 in. (21 cm); L. excluding tang 6 15/16 in. (17.7 cm); W. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm); D. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm); Wt. 10 oz. (284.1 g); case (b); 5.2 oz. (147.4 g); trade card (c); 2 1/2 x 3 9/16 in. (6.4 x 9 cm)
Classification:
Swords
Credit Line:
Gift of Richard Hoe Lawrence, 1921
Accession Number:
21.180a–c
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 376
Beaded steel hilts were an English specialty, beginning about 1775. This example retains its original fitted storage box, which would have been provided by the goldsmith or jeweler who sold it.
Dean, Bashford. Catalogue of European Court Swords and Hunting Swords: Including the Ellis, De Dino, Riggs, and Reubell Collections. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1929. no. 116, pl. LXXXIV.



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