110. DRESS SWORD English, 1805-1810
Hilt cut steel, faceted steel nail-heads arranged in alternate spherical and elliptical medallions. Guard oval with scalloped edges. Non-functional pas d'âne. Grip en suite. Pommel flattened oval.
Blade three-edged, of plain polished steel ornamented with short panel of etching at base.
Scabbard of white shagreen over wood; double ring suspension; mounts of polished steel ornamented in parallel and transverse bands.
26.145.308 L. 98 (80) Wt. 458.5
Note: Belonged to the composer Boieldieu. Swords essentially of this type are worn in the court of England, and are still made, e. g., by the firm of Gaunt of London (Conduit Street 5, and Warstone, Parade Works, Birmingham).
Plate LXXXI Reubell Benefaction
111. DRESS SWORD English, 1805-1810
Hilt of cut steel similar in general style to foregoing, but with most of the medallions of narrow, oval form. Guard twelve-sided with slightly scalloped edges. Rudimentary pas d'âne. Single quillon whose much-expanded and flattened end now lies at right angles to the axis of the hilt. To knuckle guard are affixed three tassels of cut steel beads, and at top two strings of beads, sixty-nine centimeters long, terminating in similar tassels.
Blade double-edged, lozenge-shaped, etched at base in panel of strapwork against hatched (page 54) background, gilded over all; distal forte blued and gilded over etched scrolls, bird, sun rays, trophy, star.
Scabbard of black shagreen over wood; double ring suspension; fittings chased with parallel transverse grooves.
26.145.309 L. 102 (85) Wt. 551
Plate LXXXI Reubell Benefaction
112. DRESS SWORD English, 1810
Hilt of cut steel work of highest quality, its decorative elements close set, arranged in round and oval medallions. Quillon with flattened tip which turns nearly parallel with guard.
Blade three-edged, blued and gilded over etching of scrolls and trophy; at base initials I S B.
Scabbard of white shagreen over wood; double ring suspension; fittings of plain steel.
16.164 L. 100.5 (83) Wt. 408
Provenance: Purchased in New York.
Plate LXXXII Rogers Fund, 1916
113. DRESS SWORD Italian, 1810-1820
Hilt of cut steel similar to those of Nos. 108-111. Guard oval, plain steel spokes and rows of graduated cut steel beads increasing in size toward periphery. At center of guard concentric rows of faceted nail-heads. Blade side of guard plain. Straight quillons with faceted steel bead ornament. Non-functional pas d'âne of plain steel. Grip of polished steel ornamented with faceted nail-heads in longitudinal rows and central medallions; also on edge row of faceted beads. Knuckle guard a string of large faceted beads of wire; at attachment to pommel two tassels of looped strings of steel beads with cut steel tops. Pommel urn-shaped en suite with grip. Hilt much repaired, especially the guard.
Blade three-edged; at base traces of engraving including panels with strapwork in cartouche of floral scrolls; also floral scrolls beyond panel.
Scabbard of white parchment over wood; double ring suspension; fittings of plain steel.
14.95.1 L. 99 (82) Wt. 454
Provenance: Purchased in Venice.
Plate LXXXIII Gift of Mrs. Edward Robinson, 1914
114. DRESS SWORD Italian, 1815-1820
Hilt similar to foregoing, decorated with cut steel nail-heads and beads. Central motif on guard a twelve-pointed star. Non-functional pas d'âne of cut steel and beads on wire. (page 55) Knuckle guard, now missing, was probably in form of chain, since its upper member as the top of a cut steel tassel remains attached to pommel. Grip of steel in horizontal rows of concave facets each with a double cut steel boss.
Blade three-edged, with traces of etching including strapwork and scrolls.
Scabbard of white shagreen over wood; double ring suspension; fittings of plain steel; chape missing.
07.24.32 L. 94 (77) Wt. 389
Plate LXXXIII Gift of Mrs. Ridgely Hunt in memory of William Cruger Pell, 1907
115. DRESS SWORD English, 1815
Hilt similar to that of No. 113. Knuckle guard a string of faceted steel beads with tassels of cut steel beads at attachment to quillons and pommel. Grip of steel ornamented with intaglio faceting in star pattern on both sides. Pommel olive-shaped en suite with grip.
Blade three-edged, plain. Scabbard white shagreen over wood; double ring suspension; fittings of plain steel with slight ornament of parallel and horizontal incised lines; chape and tip of scabbard missing.
14.95.2 L. 100 (84) Wt. 339.5
Gift of Mrs. Edward Robinson, 1914
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