Sword and Scabbard

Object Number: 
1940.852ab
Date: 
1770-1780
Medium: 
Steel, brass, enamel, gilding; sheepskin, silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 40 1/4 x 3 3/8 x 3 in. ( 102.2 x 8.6 x 7.6 cm )
Marks: 
etched: on blade below hilt (twice): "Abrah / Du Cellree[?] Mr. / Zwardveger / tot / Amsterdam" etched: on reverse of blade below above inscription: "Dieu / Est mon / Esperance"
Description: 
Dress sword with straight, evenly tapered triangular blade with etched designs on a ground of blue enamel and gilding covering about 8 inches of blade below hilt; pierced, biloded counter-guard made of gilded brass, with an oval medallion with portrait bust in profile on each lobe; pas d'ane flanking oval medallion surrounded by piercing; oval medallions at center of knuckle-bow (both sides) surrounded by piercing; pierced globular quillon; grip wrapped with twisted wire of varying thickness, plain wire, and strips of metal; pierced ovoid pommel with an oval medallion with portrait bust on either side and capstan rivet; yellowish sheepskin scabbard with silver mounts consisting of throat with carrying ring, middle band with carrying ring, and tip with tiny ball finial.
Gallery Label: 
This sword has a French-made hilt and Dutch blade.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Estate of Mrs. Charles S. Fairchild
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group