Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Hunting Sword with Scabbard

Sword maker:
Grip attributed to Joseph Deutschmann (German, Imst 1717–1787 Passau)
ca. 1740
possibly Munich
German, possibly Munich
Steel, silver, ivory, wood, leather
L. 29 1/2 in. (74.9 cm); L. of blade 23 1/4 in. (59 cm); W. of blade 1 1/8 in. (2.8 cm); D. of blade 5/16 in. (0.8 cm);Wt. 1 lb. 2 oz. (510.29 g); Wt. of scabbard 1 lb 6 oz. (624 g)
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:
26.145.243a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 376
Very similar sword grips of ivory, carved with fanciful Rococo ornament of shells and waves, are recorded in the armory of the prince-elector of Bavaria in Munich in the 1740s. The lion at the top of the grip holds a crescent moon beneath its paw, probably alluding to recent European victories over the Ottoman Turks in Eastern Europe.
Jean Jacques Reubell, Paris (until 1926; his gift to MMA).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Incisive Images: Ivory and Boxwood Carvings, 1450–1800," March 13–November 25, 2007.

Berliner, Rudolf. "4. Die Bildwerke in Elfenbein, Knochen, Hirsch- und Steinbockhorn." In Die Bildwerke. Kataloge des Bayerischen Nationalmuseums München; Bd. 13. Augsburg: Filser, 1926. p. 105, no. 497–99, pl. 257 (hunting swords with similar carved ivory grips).

Dean, Bashford. Catalogue of European Court Swords and Hunting Swords: Including the Ellis, De Dino, Riggs, and Reubell Collections. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1929. p. 71, no. 9, pl. XCI.

Nickel, Helmut. "Arms and Armor from the Permanent Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 49, no. 1 (Summer, 1991). p. 41, ill.

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