The Wallace Collection

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Hunting sword with scabbard
  • Hunting sword with scabbard
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Hilt mounts- Venice, Italy, probably; blade- Germany
  • c. 1760 - c. 1800 (grip)
    c. 1800 (mounts)
    c. 1770 (blade)
    c. 1800 (scabbard)
  • Steel, green stone (possibly a form of chalcedony; perhaps mtorolite), silver, gold, turquoise, diamond, ruby, wood and velvet, chiselled, etched and gilded
  • Length: 57.1 cm
    Width: 2.7 cm
    Weight: 0.42 kg, scabbard
    Weight: 0.11 kg, sheath
  • Maker's mark: probably represents an anvil Three times repeated
  • A706
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
Further Reading
  • Small hunting sword and scabbard, the upper part of the hilt formed one piece of variegated green stone of chalcedony type, circular in section swelling towards the pommel, carved with rococo scrolls in low relief; the lower part of the grip is of silver gilt encircled with bands of turquoises interspersed with diamonds and rubies. The guard is alternately curved upwards and downwards, made of silver gilt and bearing a mark, three times repeated. It is circular in section, the ends chiselled with a helmeted Roman bust and a lion's head, respectively, enriched with bands of turquoise and rubies. Short blade of triangular section, hollowed, roughly etched with trophies and hounds chasing deer.

    Scabbard covered with faded crimson velvet and mounted with a locket and ferrule of silver gilt chased with palmette ornament and decorated like the hilt with turquoises and rubies, the locket furnished with a heart-shaped stud to engage the hanger.

    Both locket and ferrule are stamped with the same mark as that appearing on the guard (enlarged).

    Grip about 1760-70; mounts Italian (Venetian ?) about 1800; blade German about 1770. Probably a genuine association of old parts remounted at Venice in about 1800.

    The mark probably represents an anvil, identified by Tardy as Venetian, 19th-century (poinçons d' argent, n.d., 6th Edit., no. 800).