Made by James Morisset / Presentation Smallsword / 1798-99Made by James Morisset
Presentation Smallsword

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Creator Name: Morisset, James
Creator Nationality: European; British; English
Creator Role: Maker
Creator Dates/Places: 1738-1815
Creator Name-CRT: Made by James Morisset
Title: Presentation Smallsword
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1798
Creation End Date: 1799
Creation Date: 1798-99
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Arms
Materials and Techniques: Silver-gilt, enamel, paste jewels, steel
Dimensions: L. 41 1/2 in. (105.4 cm), Wt. 1 lb. 3 oz. (539 kg)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 26.145.315
Credit Line: Gift of Jean Jacques Reubell, in memory of his mother, Julia C. Coster, and of his wife, Adeline E. Post, both of New York City, 1926

English smallsword hilts in gold or gilt silver, set with colored enamels, were the specialty of the London goldsmith James Morisset. The majority were created for presentation to British naval officers during the Napoleonic wars. This example is inscribed on the underside of the shell: "The Committee of Merchants of London presented this sword to Lieutenant John Burn for his active and spirited conduct on board His M.S. the Beaulieu during the late mutiny at the Nore in 1797. Hugh Inglis Esq., Chairman."

AMICA ID: MMA_.26.145.315
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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