Presentation Smallsword

Goldsmith: James Morisset (English, London, active 1768–1800)

Date: hallmarked for 1797–98

Geography: London

Culture: British, London

Medium: Silver, enamel, steel, paste brilliants

Dimensions: L. 41 1/2 in. (105.4 cm); L. of blade 34 in. (86.36 cm); W. of blade 3/4 in. (1.9 cm); D. of blade 5/16 in. (0.79 cm); Wt. 1 lb. (453.59 g); Wt. with scabbard 1 lb. 3 oz. (539 g)

Classification: Swords

Credit Line: Gift of Jean Jacques Reubell, in memory of his mother, Julia C. Coster, and of his wife, Adeline E. Post, both of New York City, 1926

Accession Number: 26.145.315a, b

Description

English smallsword hilts in gold or gilt silver, set with colored enamels, were the specialty of the London goldsmith James Morisset. The majority were created for presentation to British naval officers during the Napoleonic wars. This example is inscribed on the underside of the shell: "The Committee of Merchants of London presented this sword to Lieutenant John Burn for his active and spirited conduct on board His M.S. the Beaulieu during the late mutiny at the Nore in 1797. Hugh Inglis Esq., Chairman."

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