68. SWORD German, 1790
Hilt polished steel treated en torsade. Guard of bilobate form, irregular, developing anterior process which bends upward, forks and straddles forward quillon; edges of guard on blade side roped. Double quillons of plain steel with ends opposed. Pas d'âne of plain steel, the rear loop functional. Grip of steel en suite.
Blade double-edged with median flattening, highly polished; forte grooved with nearly erased inscription: CLEMENS WEYERSBERG FABRICANT A SOLINGEN.
26.145.352 L. 106.5 (89) Wt. 639
Plate LII Reubell Benefaction
69. GLASS SWORD French, 1770
Made by a glass blower at Choisy-le-Roi. Gentilhommes verriers still existed in France in the time of Louis XV: in exhibiting their skill to the public they would prepare toys as this while the customer waited. Hilt with round grip en torsade. Knuckle guard twisted in central part, lower portion flattened and expanded to form slight guard, whose tip drooped to form a quillon. Upper part of grip swells to pommel, to which is added rough pyramidal cap.
Blade two-edged, extreme edges of red glass.
26.145.345 L. 99.5 (84) Wt. 550
Plate LII Reubell Benefaction
70. COURT SWORD French, 1770
Hilt of massive gold carved in strong relief with late Louis XV motifs - torsos, amorini, trophies, scrolls. Guard of irregular bilobate form. Pas d'âne also in baroque. Grip cast with hilt; on left seated Athene wearing crested helmet, with baton, horse, cannon, sword, banner; on right, Mars seated, holding shield with Medusa head.
Blade three-edged; etched entire length in strapwork, floral scrolls, medallions, sun, moon, amorino.
Scabbard of white shagreen over wood with fittings of gold carved in low relief en. suite; two rings for suspension; upper Terrule bears arms of de Nesseirode family; also crown with crest of crowned lion rampant and monogram of initials D. L. w. c. (?); second ferrule and chape with flowers and scrolls; tip of steel.
26.145.356 L. 97.5 (81) Wt. 426.5
Note : Said to have belonged to Charles Robert, Count de Nesseirode, 1780-1862; Secretary of State of Russia under Alexander I and Nicholas I (1816-1856), Chancellor (1844-1862), signer of treaty of Paris, member of Congress of Vienna, etc. Unfortunately, neither the initials nor the period of the object correspond.
Provenance: Mr. Reubell obtained this sword from the grandson of Count Nesseirode.
Plate LIII Reubell Benefaction
71. COURT SWORD French, 1780
Hilt iron, parcel-gilt, fancifully chiseled in relief and in the round with late Louis XV motifs. Guard oval, slightly cupped, pointed: ornamented with borders, masks, and radiating bands in gilt; between them flowering plants in gold, silver, and copper against blue background. Ricasso sculptured as corselet a l'antique through whose armholes passes the quillon formed as silver sword: the quillon terminal, in the form of grotesque mask, becomes thus the pommel of this sword. The pas d'âne now enter the design in a complicated manner as ribbon-like swags, one of whose extremities is attached to the mascaron of the guard, the others attached respectively to the ricasso (from an armhole of the corselet-like ornament) and to the tip of the quillon-sword, where it touches the knuckle guard. Along the back of the quillonsword runs the blued tube of a horn which turns upward and ends in a bell-shaped mouth just below the middle of knuckle guard, which is formed as grotesque gilded mask, which in turn is attached to the pommel by a design chiseled as drooping chain. Grip of iron gilded en suite, carved in low relief as a sheaf of polearms bound by ribbon. Pommel blued and gilded as helmeted head.
Blade three-edged; forte blued and gilded over etched sprays and fleurs-de-lis; at base a panel checquey with square medallion containing star.
Scabbard black leather over wood; double ring suspension; ferrules with helmet, corselet, sword, horn, robes, and flowers against blued background with gilded border.
26.145.336 L. 97.5 (82) Wt. 391.5
Plate LIV Reubell Benefaction
72. COURT SWORD French (Paris), 1784
Hilt silver-gilt, chiseled in low relief and in the round with Louis XVI motifs, medallions, masks, trophies, festoons, fine acanthus borders, background diapered. Non-functional pas d'âne formed by borders and heads of serpents. Ricasso as antique corselet with lion heads at shoulders. Quillon as battering-ram. Knuckle guard with grotesque mask at center and representation of cord wrapped spirally. Square grip of metal en suite. Pommel as helmeted head with elaborate panache carved in the round. On pas d'âne three hall marks: date letter 1784; poinçon de Jurande of Henri Clavel (1780-1789); maker's mark unidentified. These marks repeated at base of grip. On knuckle guard gold stamp, decree of 1803.
Blade three-edged; at base etched with trophy of kettledrums and spears in cartouche of strapwork against hatched background; inscribed: COULLIER SUCCESSEUR DE MONSIEUR PICHON FOURBISSEUR DE MSGR. LE COMTE D'ARTOIS RUE ST. HONORE A LA VICTOIRE A PARIS.
Scabbard of white shagreen over wood; double ring suspension; fittings en suite. Upper ferrule bears indecipherable hall mark, probably stamp of Henri Clavel (1780-1789).
26.145.320 L. 100.5 (83.5) Wt. 471
Plate LV Reubell Benefaction
73. DRESS SWORD Spanish (Charles III), 1775
Rare decadent form of cup-hilted rapier; steel cup guard carved in low relief against punctate gold background; on blade side perforated with two irregular holes and ornamented with lateral medallion enclosing trophy of arms and surrounded by laurels and scrolls; on hilt side edges ornamented with flowers and scrolls. Quillons of plain steel, of reduced length, with tips which turn up and down, not right and left, and are reduced. Ricasso late baroque scroll ornament. No pas d'âne, but cup of guard is sufficiently deep to allow finger to be placed in front of quillon. Sides of guard extend to quillons and are slightly bifurcated to enclose them. Right anterior guard portion develops process extending up to middle of knuckle guard - in the Neapolitan manner. Grip of gold wire alternately three strands of fine and two of coarse twisted wire. Pommel olive-shaped with medallions en suite.
Blade double-edged, with median flattening, has been remounted; shows below guard and between guard and ricasso of hilt part of old groove of original forte including engraved letters, illegible on left, but on right Do-presumably from TOLEDO.
26.145.295 L. 101.5 (85.5) Wt. 511.5
Plate LVI Reubell Benefaction