Attributed to John Bland British

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 376

This unusual Neoclassical hilt combines fashionable cut-steel beads with panels of blued and gold-encrusted steel. It is attributed to the London sword-cutler John Bland, who retailed several hilts of similar workmanship.

Smallsword, Attributed to John Bland (British, London, active ca. 1780–85), Gold, steel, British, probably London

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