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Smallsword with Scabbard

Sword maker:
Master GG (French, active Paris, ca. 1774)
hallmarked 1773–74
French, Paris
Gold, steel, wood, fish skin
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)
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.
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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