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Smallsword

Sword maker:
possibly by John Radburn (British, London, recorded 1737–80)
Date:
hallmarked 1770–71
Geography:
London
Culture:
British, London
Medium:
Silver, steel, gold, wood
Dimensions:
L. 37 7/8 in. (96.2 cm); L. of blade 31 in. (78.7 cm); Wt. 14 oz. (396.9 g)
Classification:
Swords
Credit Line:
Purchase, Rogers Fund, by exchange, 1995
Accession Number:
1995.90
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 372
The hilt's pierced basket weave design is distinctive and unusual.
Marking: Maker's mark: IR (possibly John Radburn, active 1762–73)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Academy of the Sword: Illustrated Fencing Books 1500-1800," June 9, 1998–November 29, 1999.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arms and Armor: Notable Acquisitions 1991–2002," September 4, 2002–January 18, 2004, no. 21.

La Rocca, Donald J., and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Academy of the Sword: Illustrated Fencing Books 1500–1800. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1998. p. 34.



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