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Smallsword with Scabbard

ca. 1785
French, Paris
Steel, gold, wood, fish skin
L. with scabbard 38 3/4 in. (98.4 cm); L. without scabbard 37 13/16 in. (96 cm); L. of blade 31 3/8 in. (79.7 cm); W. 4 5/16 in. (11 cm); D. 1 3/4 in. (4.5 cm); Wt. 12 oz. (340 g); Wt. of scabbard 2 oz. (56.7 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:
34.57.13a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 376
Inscription: Inscribed on both sides of the blade: Palle Mr Fourbisseur Place Des Trois Maries Près le Pont néuve à Paris; on the locket of the scabbard: Palle Fourbisseur de Monsieur Frere du Roy Paris.
Grancsay, Stephen V. "The Jean Jacques Reubell Bequest." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MMA Bulletin, 29, no. 7 (July, 1934). vol. XXIV, pp. 116–117, fig. 3, ill.

Norman, A. V. B. The Rapier and Small-Sword, 1460–1820. London: Arms and Armour Press, 1980. pl. 141, ill.

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