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Smallsword

A work made of steel, gilding, silver, and wood.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of steel, gilding, silver, and wood.

Date:

1740/50

Artist:

French

About this artwork

Smallswords, though developed as civilian weapons to be worn with formal court dress, were also used by infantry officers and high-ranking field commanders in battle. Designed for military use, this example is fitted with a coliche-marde blade, which has a widened section at the fort near the hilt to strengthen the blade against heavy attacks.

Status

On View, Gallery 239

Department

Applied Arts of Europe

Title

Smallsword

Place

France (Object made in)

Date

Made 1730–1760

Medium

Steel, gilding, silver, and wood

Dimensions

Overall L. 99.5 cm (39 3/16 in.) Blade L. 81.3 cm (32 in.) Wt. 1 lb. 1 oz.

Credit Line

George F. Harding Collection

Reference Number

1982.2155

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