England, London or Birmingham, c. 1790 / Court Sword / c. 1790England, London or Birmingham, c. 1790
Court Sword
c. 1790

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Creator Nationality: European; British
Creator Dates/Places: England
Creator Active Place: England
Creator Name-CRT: England, London or Birmingham, c. 1790
Title: Court Sword
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1780
Creation End Date: 1800
Creation Date: c. 1790
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Armor
Classification Term: Arms
Materials and Techniques: steel; silver hilt, polished and faceted; blade partially blued and gilded
Dimensions: Overall: , Blade: , Guard: 8.3cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1916.1095
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance
Rights: http://www.clemusart.com/museum/disclaim2.html
Context: The hilt of this sword is finely finished with cut or faceted steel which is burnished to resemble cut stones. The neo-classical urn shape of the pommel was especially fashionable in England after 1780 up to the turn of the century. The upper portion of this blade is blued and gilded to provide a feel of great luxury. By the end of the 18th century, civilians no longer regularly wore swords nor used them as weapons. The court sword (or "small" sword as it was known in England) had become a piece ofcostume jewelry to be worn only with court dress or by military officers in dress uniform. The hilt and often the upper part of the blade became lavishly decorated as is illustrated by this example.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1916.1095
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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