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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
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 376
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.
Marking: Stamped on the various parts of the hilt and scabbard mounts, Paris hallmarks used during the tenure of tax collector (fermier) Julien Alaterre (1768–74): a crowned K (warden's mark or date-letter used during the period July 16, 1773–July 15, 1774); a flower cluster mark (charge mark); a helmeted head (discharge mark); and an unidentified maker's mark, the letters GG separated by a sword, point upward surmounted by a crown, with a dot (grain de remède) above each letter.
[Peter Finer, Warwickshire, England, until 1998; sold to MMA].
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. 22.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Philippe de Montebello Years: Curators Celebrate Three Decades of Acquisitions," October 24, 2008–February 1, 2009.

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. 35, ill.

Pyhrr, Stuart W., Donald J. La Rocca, and Morihiro Ogawa. Arms and Armor: Notable Acquisitions, 1991–2002. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2002. pp. 27–28, no. 22, ill., fig. 8.

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