50. COURT SWORD North German (Scandinavian?), 1780
Similar to foregoing. Hilt silver, chiseled in low relief in shell and scrolled palmettes against fine-grained background (blackened?). Pas d'âne small, not reaching to guard, ends turned slightly in. Quillons opposed, the forward longer. Grip of silver en suite. Pommel globular, flattened. On pas d'âne unidentified hall marks (cf. No. 66).
Blade double-edged, with median flattening. Rectangular portion at base of blade etched with strapwork against hatched background and gilded. Beyond this, forte blued and gilded over etched trophy, interlaced scrolls, glory, and floral design.
26.145.354 L. 99.5 (82.5) Wt. 668
Plate XXXIX Reubell Benefaction
This and the following fourteen swords may be described as in the "French manner, Louis XV"
51. COURT SWORD French, 1736
Hilt silver, unusually short, chased in low relief against delicately stippled background with conventional shields, scrolls and, on grip, animals. Pas d'âne functions imperfectly. Grip of silver en suite; decorations include oval shield with fess ribbony, scrolls, leaves and fruit, squirrel, mastiff, porcupine. Pommel slightly flattened. On pas d'âne and top of grip two hail marks: date letter 1736; poinçons de Jurande of Hubert Louvet, Fermier Général (1732-1738).
Blade three-edged, similar decoration on both sides; at base gilded panel etched with strapwork and cross patté alessée (arms of de la Riganama or of de Tillet de Villars?) in medallion against hatched background; above this, etched and gilded in a medallion, a wounded lion passant gardant (arrow protruding from side), and motto: RIEN NE M'ARRETTE; above lion strapwork and palmettes.
26.145.33 L. 89 (75) Wt. 404.5
Note: We know of no earlier sword with reduced pas d'âne. Such a condition suggests a date late by half a century.
Plate XL Reubell Benefaction
52. COURT SWORD French, 1750
Silver hilt chiseled in low relief against punctate gold background in late baroque scrolls and flowers. Grip of silver wire formerly gilt, alternately two large and four small strands of twisted wire. On pas d'âne three hail marks: poinçon apparently of Inspector Julien Berthe (1750-1756); Paris date letter 1750; maker's mark unidentified. On knuckle guard probably verification mark of 1803. On pommel indecipherable.
Blade three-edged; forte blued and gilded over etched scrolls, draperies, crown, half figure of boy; at base very short gilded panel etched. Scabbard of white shagreen over wood; double ring suspension; fittings of silver chased en suite, upper ferrule with rectangular panels gilded.
26.145.281 L. 90 (74) Wt. 413.5
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53. COURT SWORD French, 1740-1750
Hilt similar to No. 40, chiseled with trophies and foliate scrolls; background punched with very fine "egg-roe" and richly gilded. Grip of silver wire and tinsel: (a) crinkled silver tinsel strip, (b) fine braided wire, (c) two strands wire-wound wire, (d) same as (b).
Blade three-edged; gilded and etched entire length on both sides with panels, medallions, trophies, strapwork, "soleil," and cross against hatched background. Scabbard of white sheepskin over wood; combination double ring and hook suspension; upper ferrule with trophies en suite against gold background; second ferrule restored.
26.145278 L. 90 (74.5) Wt. 381
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54. COURT SWORD German(?), 1745
Hilt steel, military themes chiseled in low relief against punctate gold background; also ornamented by pierced work, furnishing the setting for garnets or other gems. Pas d'âne unusually slender. At beginning of quillon and knuckle guard tiny dogs' heads. Quillon as head of lion. Pommel, left, armed Athene amid scholars; right, orders being given by a general seated on globe. Grip silvered wire, two large and nine small strands of oppositely twisted wire.
Blade double-edged, with median flattening except at base which is ovoid; etched entire length and background gilded; at base inscribed: right, NE ME TIRE PAS SANS RAISONS, left, NE ME REMETTE POINT SANS HONNEUR; two groups of four intaglio facets ("blood drops"); also two longitudinal facets; rest of engraving strapwork and scrolls against hatched background.
26.145.300 L. 94 (77.5) Wt. 427
Comparisons : A similar sword in the collection of the late Rutherfurd Stuyvesant retains garnets in similar openings, the margins of which, for the rest, as in the present case, show hammered borders arranged for the attachment of gems. (Bashford Dean, The Collection of Arms and Armor of Rutherfurd Stuyvesant. Printed privately, 1914, No. 92, Pl. XXX).
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55. COURT SWORD French, 1750
Similar to No. 60, but with slightly smaller guard and pommel with trophy of musical instruments en suite. Grip of silvered wire: (a) (c) wire-wound wire, (b) twisted wire-wound wire, (d) eight strands twisted fine wire.
Blade three-edged; at base small gilded panel of strapwork against hatched background; above this, forte blued and gilded over etching of "soleil," festoons, flower basket, mask, and strapwork.
26.145.283 L. 96 (79) Wt. 381
Plate XLIII Reubell Benefaction