L. 38 5/8 in. (98.1 cm); Wt. 1 lb. 13 oz. (822.1 g)
Purchase, Annie Laurie Aitken Charitable Lead Trust Gift, and Gift of William H. Riggs, by exchange, 1998
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.
La Rocca, Donald J. "Illustrated Fencing Books 1500–1800." In The Academy of the Sword. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1998. p. 35, ill.
Pyhrr, Stuart W., Donald J. La Rocca, and Mr. Morihiro Ogawa. Arms and Armor: Notable Acquisitions 1991-2002. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, September 4, 2002–June, 29 2003. pp. 27–28, no. 22, ill. (color) and fig. 8 (color detail).