80. COURT SWORD French, 1790
Hilt of silvered metal similar to No.77, but in checquey design ajouré, and with flower motifs and faceted borders. Grip of silvered wire and russet tinsel: (a) fine twisted wire, (b) medium twisted wire, (c) crinkled tinsel, (d) large twisted wire, (e) same as (a), (f) concave tinsel. Pommel flattened, olive-shaped.
Blade three-edged; forte blued and gilded over etching. Its design includes diagonal and undulating lines, scrolls, figure of Justice, trophies. Scabbard of soft white leather over wood; metal mountings en suile; double ring suspension.
26.145.319 L. 98.5 (82) Wt. 335
Plate LIX Reubell Benefaction
81. COURT SWORD French, 1785
Hilt and mountings of massive gold richly sculptured and ajouré, carved with trophied medallions against background of conventional flowers ajouré, somewhat as in No. 78. Pas d'âne non-functional. Grip en suite. Pommel small, olive-shaped.
Blade three-edged; at base gilded over etching; on left inscription: LECOURT FOURBISSEUR DU ROY RUE ST. HONORE VIS-A-VIS CELLE D'ORLENS AU GRAND MONARQUE A PARIS; on right inscription: DE LA MARQUE DE LA MOUCHETTE A SOLINGEN, trophy and mark of crossed keys surmounted by crown in oval floral cartouche; above this, blade is blued for nearly half its length and gilded over etching; arms of three fleurs-de-lis in oval shield supported by olive branches and surmounted by a crown, floral ornament, and, on left, inscription in gold: L'HONNEUR EST MON GUIDE.
Scabbard of white shagreen over wood; double ring suspension; fittings of solid gold of two colors en suite; medallions enclosing in low relief trophies of arms against background with flowering branches.
26.145.357 L. 97.5 (81) Wt. 385.5
Note: One of the richest swords of its class extant
Plate LX Reubell Benefaction
82. COURT SWORD French, 1775
Similar to No. 78. Hilt decorated with flowering plants ajouré, and trophied medallions in low relief; also on each side plaques bearing flowers of steel against gold background; back of medallions, borders, and flower centers also gilded. Grip of silvered wire: (a) (b) braided wire, (c) flat tinsel.
Blade three-edged, etched at forte with "soleil" in cartouche; small distal ornament of strapwork and scrolls.
26.145.280 L. 95.5 (78.5) Wt. 322.5
Plate LXI Reubell Benefaction
This and the two following swords may be described as "in the manner of Louis XV," although dating Louis XVI.
83. COURT SWORD French (?), 1775
Hilt steel carved in low relief, against punctate gold background, in medallions of flowers, rococo scrolls, and fields of diagonal slender flutings, the last studded with tiny gold rosettes. Grip of silver wire and tinsel: (a) small wire-wound wire, (b) blued concave tinsel with gold rosettes, (c) same as (a), (d) twisted wire-wound wire, (e) strand of spirally wound alternate "braids" of flat silver tinsel and twisted wire, (f) same as (d).
Blade three-edged; at base gilded panel inscribed (both sides): FOUASSE AU ROY DE LA CHINE SUR LE PONT ST MICHEL A PARIS. Above this, blued and gilded over etching of cross-legged figure in Turkish (Chinese?) costume, scrolls, and trophy.
26.145.286 L. 100 (83) Wt. 413.5
Plate LXI Reubell Benefaction
84. COURT SWORD French, 1780
Hilt similar to that of No. 64, but order of decoration reversed, medallions here containing flowers. Grip of wire and tinsel: (a) concave ridged blued tinsel with minute gold rosettes, (b) finely twisted silver wire, (c) (d) oppositely twisted strands of wire-wound silver wire, (e) same as (b) (wire formerly gold-washed).
Blade of earlier date (1650 ?), in mid-region doubly fluted and pierced, bearing inscription on remaining webs of metal, left, IVAN MARTINEZ EN TOLEDO; right, IN TE DOMINE SPERAVINON.
Scabbard of black leather over wood; double ring suspension; chape and second ferrule of plain steel; upper ferrule of etched russet steel with medallion containing flower in gold against gold background.
14.25.1218 L. 182 (100) Wt. 518.5
Provenance: Juste (?) Collection
Plate LXII Riggs Benefaction
85. COURT SWORD French, 1785
Hilt of blued steel, chiseled in low relief, parcel-gilt, checquer pattern with central dots, laurel borders, and trophied medallions. Grip of (a) small twisted silvered wire, (b) large wire-wound wire, (c) crinkled blued tinsel strip, (d) same as (b), (e) same as (a), (f) concave blued tinsel strip with tiny gold rosettes.
Blade three-edged, forte blued and gilded over etching; design includes pedestal with bust and palmettes, inscribed: AU DIEU MARS. Also: DEVEAUX MD (MARCHAND) FOURBISSEUR. PLACE DES TROTS MARIE AU BOUT DU PONT NEUF A PARIS.
Scabbard of white shagreen over wood, with double ring suspension; ferrules and chape en suite with hilt
26.145.334 L. 96 (79.5) Wt. 4085
Plate LXIII Reubell Benefaction