Jun 24, 2020

Hilt from a Court Sword

Hilt from a Court Sword

c. 1790–1800

Polished steel, pierced and inset with faceted steel beads

Support: Cut and polished

Overall: 18.4 cm (7 1/4 in.); Guard: 9.7 cm (3 13/16 in.)

Weight: 250 g (8.82 oz.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1923.1061


The entire hilt is made of polished steel, with faceted steel beads of different sizes arranged in rows and rosettes to give the impression of a "jeweled" hilt. This was an object of great luxury to be worn only with a gentleman's formal attire at court.

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