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.
- Germany (Object made in)
- Made 1755–1765
- Steel, two gold alloys, and gilding
- 104.1 × 10.2 cm (41 × 4 in.)
- Pauline Seipp Armstrong Fund, through prior acquisition of the George F. Harding Collection