32. COURT SWORD English (?), 1700
Hilt steel carved in low relief against slightly tooled silvered background. Motifs of guard classical - chariots, horsemen, attendants. Grip of wire-wound silver wire. Turks' heads replaced by brass bands. Knuckle guard with beaded borders.
Blade of lozenge section, colechimarde; forte with deep groove and inscription: left, PEDRO DEL MONTE, right, TOLEDO.
14.25.1213 L. 107 (91) Wt. 497
Note: The present hilt is probably of the Hounslow school.
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33. COURT SWORD XVIII Century
Hilt steel. Round guard strongly cupped, carved ajouré on blade side in low relief with motif of palmettes and scrolled scalloped shells against scale-pattern openwork ground. Pas d'âne with incurved ends, possibly functional. Grip of steel, carved in three horizontal bars of arabesque baluster molding at top and bottom. Small globose pommel with arabesque at top and bottom.
Blade associated (1740?), flattened hexagonal; forte blued, with running wolf mark punched, and with traces of brass inlay.
14.25.1093 L. 102 (87) Wt. 624
Note: The present specimen has not been determined. The hilt may be Sicilian and of relatively late date (1750?). Provenance: Pourtalès Collection.
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This and the following four swords may be described as "in the chinoiserie manner"; they were probably made in China after designs furnished by the East India Company.
34. COURT SWORD "Peking" Work, Early XVIII Century
Hilt in blue-black bronze (shakudo); design of plum blossoms and birds chiseled in low relief. Guard with floral scrolls ajouré and with small panels in low relief, showing plum blossoms against "fish-roe" background, gilded. Grip of brass wire, two large and four small strands having alternating twist.
Blade three-edged; at forte gilded with panels etched diaper-wise, containing cartouches.
26.145.325 L. 102.5 (86) Wt. 347.5
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35. COURT SWORD "Peking" Work, First Half of XVIII Century
Hilt similar to preceding. Knuckle guard with baluster carving at middle and slight scroll engraved with gilding in engraved lines. Rectangular grip of red bronze wire made up of two strands of opposite twist.
Blade apparently of two-edged, flattened; etched and gilded with scrolls and with panel of strapwork against hatched background; also star of radiating ungilded facets.
26.145.324 L. 89 (74) Wt. 391.5
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36. COURT SWORD "Peking" Work, Early XVIII Century
Hilt of black bronze, with areas richly gilded and carved in high relief, sometimes undercut, with plum blossoms, twigs, birds, and pagodas. Background punched in "egg-roe." Grip of silvered wire, two large and four small strands with alternate twist. Pommel flattened at top.
Blade double-edged, at forte becoming flattened hexagonal, each flattened side including three parallel grooves; in central groove on each side inscription: X X HEIS X PANIA X X; in front of central groove apparently an armorer's mark.
26.145.326L. 92 (76) Wt. 478.5
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37. DRESS SWORD English, 1710-1720
Hilt in East Indian style (made in Peking) blackened and gilded, similar to preceding, but slightly smaller. Its grip is wound differently: (a) five strands twisted blued wire, (b) twisted gilded wire, (c) large strand composed of pairs of twisted wire strands, themselves twisted alternately, blued and gilded,(d) same as (C); Turks' heads have one gold and two blued strands.
Blade similar to that of No.35; slightly shorter and narrower. Above gilded panel it shows additional strips of gilding in wavy etched lines.
14.25.1209 L. 85.5 (70) Wt. 371
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