44. COURT SWORD German, 1750
Hilt steel chiseled in low relief as in No. 40, but the almost matte gold background does not show pronounced stipple; baroque decoration entirely of scrolls and flowers. Pas d'âne functions imperfectly. Grip ovoid, of metal en suite, with pronounced central bulge; bits of floral ornament inlaid in copper and brass.
Blade two-edged; forward half ground, six-sided, rear half eight-sided; panel at base completely gilded, etched with strapwork and medallions containing "soleil" and cross respectively against hatched background; above this, forte etched with medallions of crown, star, trophy, men in classical costume; at end of etched portion appears mark (or ornament).
26.145.297 L. 90 (75) Wt. 397.5
Plate XXXIV Reubell Benefaction
45. COURT SWORD Russian, 1760
The present sword, German in style, is of Tula workmanship. Hilt of bronzed steel with slightly raised damascene of three colors of gold and silver in floral sprays, architectural fragments, and rococo scrolls. Grip en suite with marked central bulge of metal. Pommel slightly flattened.
Blade two-edged, convex ground; forte etched in strapwork in medallions (page 27) against hatched and gilded background. On each side large medallion with figure seated on cask offering cup to classical warrior, and inscription: LA PRUDENCE SE FAIT VOIR DANS LE VIN. Small medallions on each side with star and cross alessée respectively, and at end of etching an orb.
26.145.340 L. 91 (76) Wt. 454
Plate XXXV Reubell Benefaction
46. COURT SWORD Russian, Later than 1760
Hilt blued steel, damascened in gold, flat and polished, in Oriental fashion. Design includes castles (each with three domed towers), birds, and flowering plants. Edges of guard, pas d'âne, and knuckle guard undulating. Quillon does not turn to right. Grip of four strands of twisted silvered brass wire of which two are very heavy.
Blade two-edged with high central rib on right side, carved undulating. Left side flat with five grooves paralleling edges and extending nearly entire length.
Scabbard of black leather; ferrule with belt hook and chape of blued steel damascened en suite.
26.145.338 L. 102.5 (85) Wt. 635
Plate XXXVI Reubell Benefaction
47. COURT SWORD Italian (French?), 1760
This sword is believed to be the only specimen of its type extant. Hilt of gilded metal combined with tortoise-shell. Guard entirely of tortoise-shell, ornamented with arabesques whose lines are built up of numberless inset studs of delicate gold wire. Ricasso of gilded metal engraved with scrolls against hatched background, enclosing inlaid panel of tortoise-shell delicately inlaid with gold in trophies and leaves. Pas d'âne plain gilded metal in rococo form, non-functional. Quillon and knuckle guard gilded metal with inlaid tortoise-shell panels, the metal engraved at edges with leaf motifs. Grip solid tortoise-shell (in two parts) with appliqué grapes and vine. Pommel globose, also of tortoise-shell in two parts, ornamented with floral scrolls and metal fittings.
Blade two-edged, with ridge flattened, etched and gilded. In its decoration appear arabesques and floral scrolls against background of wavy lines.
26.145.339 L. 85.5 (69.5) Wt. 332
Plate XXXVII Reubell Benefaction
(page 28)48. COURT SWORD German (Swedish ?), 1775
Similar to No.44, except that grip bears additional decoration - left, classical warrior, right, trophy of arms - with differing details in construction. Guard heart-shaped, the point up-curved and bifurcating to straddle anterior quillon. Non-functional pas d'âne.
Blade single-edged; flat back at forte, remainder of blade bluntly back-edged; panel at base etched and gilded in lines with floral scrollwork and medallion of crown pierced with sword; behind this two quill pens; around all motto: EIN KRON IST DER TUGENT LON (A crown is the reward of virtue).
26.145.298 L. 93.5 (78) Wt. 564
Plate XXXVIII Reubell Benefaction
49. COURT SWORD North German (Scandinavian?), 1780 Suggests No. 48.
Hilt of gilded metal carved in low relief with rococo motifs of leaves and shells. Pas d'âne non-functional. Two quillons, the forward turning up towards pommel, the rear drooping towards point and, as usual, turning to right. Broad knuckle guard. Grip of metal en suite with other parts.
Blade colechimarde, three-edged; traces of etching with inscription on forte.
26.145.355 L. 102 (85.5) Wt. 642
Plate XXXIX Reubell Benefaction