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Smallsword

A work made of steel, two gold alloys, and gilding.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of steel, two gold alloys, and gilding.

Date:

c. 1760

Artist:

Probably German

About this artwork

The hilt of this smallsword is encrusted or overlaid with flowers and foliage in two different tones of gold—pink and green—contrasted against a deep blue-black steel ground. As a fashion accessory, the weapon was intended to harmonize with a gentleman’s finely embroidered silk coat. Despite its ornament, it could still be used for self-defense.

Status

On View, Gallery 239

Department

Applied Arts of Europe

Title

Smallsword

Place

Germany (Object made in)

Date

Made 1755–1765

Medium

Steel, two gold alloys, and gilding

Dimensions

104.1 × 10.2 cm (41 × 4 in.)

Credit Line

Pauline Seipp Armstrong Fund, through prior acquisition of the George F. Harding Collection

Reference Number

2014.648

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