38. COURT SWORD "Peking" Work, 1750
Small hilt of black bronze carved in low relief with Chinese landscapes, birds, trees, and chrysanthemums against finely punched "egg-roe" background, gilded. Grip en suite. Pommel flattened.
Blade three-edged, plain. (page 24) Scabbard of black pebbled leather over wood; hook suspension; ferrule and chape en suite with hilt.
26.145.327 L. 95.5 (81) Wt. 454
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39. COURT SWORD Dutch, Second Half of XVIII Century
Hilt black bronze and gold chiseled ajouré throughout (in "Javanese" style?) in spiral design of flowers and tendrils. Guard heart-shaped, pointed below knuckle guard, turning up and bifurcating as though to straddle a forward quillon (cf. No. 68); as there is but one quillon in this instance the bifurcate point is rudimentary; this double point suggests the cup hilts of Spanish, Portuguese, and South Italian rapiers of late date. In the design of guard four flowers of gold appear in strong contrast against background of black tendrils; the border is of gold tooled in leaf motif. Grip of metal en suite, with flowers and border line arranged in spiral; at each end gold bands tooled with leaf motif and Greek fret.
Blade two-edged with median flattening; blued and gilded over etching to near point; at base gilded panel engraved on both sides: JAN HOSSEE IN ZWAND VEGER OP DE VYGENDAM TOT AMSTERDAM; above this, etching of strapwork, scrolls, trophies, glories, facets, and star.
26.145.328 L. 90 (74.5) Wt. 402
Note: The present hilt in the chinoiserie manner was probably made in the East by order of the Dutch East India Company.
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40. COURT SWORD French, 1715
Hilt steel, chiseled in low relief with mythological figures, flowers, and scrolls against stippled gold background. On guard Cybele (?), Mars, Minerva, Vulcan. Ricasso, left, Neptune; right, Ceres. Grip, left, Venus (?) and Cupid; right, Diana and Mercury. Pommel, left, Juno; right, Jupiter. Composition of great merit. Grip ovoid, of metal en suite.
Blade three-edged; etched and gilded in lines for entire length; panel at base entirely gilt: left, etching of strapwork against hatched background; right, similar etching with medallion enclosing fleur-de-lis; etching above this includes strapwork, scrolls, sun, and stars.
26.145.296 L. 95 (79) Wt. 431.5
Note: The present sword is one of the four known to the writer which date from the reign of Louis XIV and carry out a truly French design.
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This and the three following swords may be described a "in the German manner." They date roundly mid-eighteenth century.
41. COURT SWORD German, 1740
Hilt carved in low relief with figures in classical costume, horses, caryatids, parcel-gilt against a background of matte gold, stippled. Guard asymmetrical. Pas d'âne functional, its elements terminating in up-curved projections. Knuckle guard as head of monster whose protruded tongue forms attachment to pommel. Grip with pronounced central bulge, bound uniformly with silver wire, braided.
Blade two-edged, with median flattening, originally gilded; elaborately etched throughout with scrolls and wavy lines, medallions, inscriptions IN MAGNIS VOLUISSE SAT EST and RUTGERD KEISSER, palmettes, crowned profile bust with sceptre, and figures labeled HANNABAL, CAMILUS, PARIS, ABONUS.
26.145.299 L. 93 (77) Wt. 499
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Blade of flattened hexagonal section; at base etched panel, medallion, trophy, foliation against background of wavy lines; above this bladesmith's mark.
96.5.43 L. 88 (71.5) Wt. 495.5
Provenance: John Stoneacre Ellis Collection. Given in Mr. Ellis's memory by Augustus Van Home Ellis
43. COURT SWORD German, 1750
Hilt of debased silver chiseled in low relief against stippled background. Guard with design of eagle and monsters within strapwork scrolls; mascarons at midpoints of rims. Ricasso filed in parallel longitudinal areas, alternately plain concave and stippled. Quillon tip as floral scroll. Knuckle guard with crested mask and acanthus leaf. Grip of heavy silvered twisted wire-two strands. Pommel with medallions bearing heads (Minerva and Nero?) surrounded by strapwork in scrolls.
Blade two-edged, flat ground; forte etched and gilded over all in baskets bearing palmettes and strapwork.
26.145.348 L. 98 (81.5) Wt. 638
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