92. COURT SWORD French, 1785
Hilt silver with faceted borders and with inset enamel medallions of flowers (gold against white, inner border of gold and green rosettes, outer border of blue with gold stars), evenly studded with faceted silver nail-heads and stamped five-pointed stars. Guard elliptical. Pas d'âne non-functional. Small grip of silver en suite, chased with silver bow-knots as though suspending medallions. On pas d'âne poinçon de Jurande of Henri Clavel (17801789), and Paris date letter 1785; on grip and knuckle guard verification stamp of law of 1803; on pommel two unidentified marks.
Blade three-edged; forte blued, gilded over etching of rococo scrolls; at base flowers and medallion of fleur-de-lis against hatched background.
Scabbard of white shagreen over wood; double ring suspension; silver fittings with tooling in diaper pattern; upper ferrule with star in medallion; chape missing.
26.145.313 L. 100 (84.5) Wt. 332
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93. PRESENTATION SWORD French, 1785
Presented by Dieppe to King Louis XVI. Hilt entirely of ivory, carved admirably in low relief with medallions of figures, scrolls, laurel borders, against hatched background. On guard medallions of mounted officers. On ricasso Bourbon arms and intertwined L's. Grip rectangular, bearing medallions, the central one picturing horsemen, the upper and lower amorini armed; borders with conventional bands of olive leaves. Knuckle guard bears medallions, enclosing portrait busts with helmet and wreath. Pommel with large medallions as on grip.
Blade three-edged; etched, blued, and gilded entire length. Themes include decorative panels, flowers, Bourbon lilies, scrolls, trophies, Dieppe holding sword.
26.145.294 L. 102 (85) Wt. 224.5
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94. COURT SWORD French, 1790
Hilt steel, chiseled in low relief against punctate gold background in a design of trophies, cornucopiae, flowers, and floral scrolls. Large asymmetrical guard with trophies and scroll motifs chiseled in relief on gold background. Small non-functional pas d'âne. Grip of metal en suite, in section ovoid, with pronounced double taper. Knuckle guard finial as dolphin. Pommel olive-shaped.
Blade three-edged, blued in forte, etched with trophies and floral scrolls, and gilded over etching.
Scabbard of white shagreen over wood; double ring suspension; second ferrule missing, first ferrule and chape en suite.
26.145.293 L. 95 (79) Wt. 379
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95. DRESS SWORD Russian, 1790 (?)
Hilt of russet steel, chiseled with flowers and grasses in Oriental manner, flatly damascened in gold. Guard quadrilobate, slightly cupped. Pas d'âne small, non-functional. Quillons double, straight, with tips drooping. Knuckle guard gives space for large hand. Grip long, square in section with edges rounded, bound with two oppositely twisted strands of wire- wound wire, two of small braided wire, a concave tinsel strip, and two more of the small braided wire. Pommel ovoid.
Blade colechimarde, three-edged; on left a deep groove from end of forte which bears traces of engraved scrolls and trophies
26.145.337 L. 98.5 (82) Wt. 469
Provenance : Collection of Baron de Cosson
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96. DRESS SWORD French, 1790-1800
Of a type rarely recorded; the actual sword-knot is here replaced by one in steel, which while decorative is not only useless, but actually impairs in great degree the grip of the sword in fencing. Hilt steel carved in low relief with bright medallions and panoplies, and with ribbons and bow-knots against stippled ("fish-roe") background, gilded. Guard oval with eight deep scallops; on each side four medallions and between them crossed swords pendent from bow-knots; leaf motif at border and on blade. To ricasso, right, is attached a large bow-knot of flat metal with cut steel central rosette, covering the quillon and lower knuckle guard. On knuckle guard at center cut steel rosette; near guard it thickens and is pierced with three larger openings above boss and three below, through which passes cord of copper tinsel ending in steel jingle. Grip square of silver wire and bronze tinsel: (a) small twisted wire, (b) (c) oppositely twisted large silver wire, (d) as in (a), (e) ridged, partially oxidized silver strip. Pommel olive-shaped, flattened, picturing (a) man with flag, (b) barking dog.
Blade three-edged; blued and gilded over etched scrolls and figure with trailing gown and staff.
26.145.287 L. 97 (80.5) Wt. 326
Comparisons: A second specimen in the Haliwyl Collection, Stockholm, recently donated to the Swedish Crown (Catalogue, 1926, p. 197, group XXXIV, V.b.25, ill.).
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This and the following five swords mounted in paste brilliants are not earlier than late Louis XVI; the latest are probably Louis XVIII.
97. COURT SWORD French, 1790
Hilt silver-gilt chiseled against stippled background and set with paste brilliants in spiral design. Guard oval with jewels in radiating spiral design. Ricasso with brilliants in design (page 48) of bow-knot. Pas d'âne small without jewels. Knuckle guard with flowers of brilliants at center. Grip slender, en suite. On knuckle guard verification stamp of 1803.
Blade three-edged, with etching in diaper pattern and in scrolls.
26.145.304 L. 95 (79.5) Wt. 406
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