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Scarf Sword

A work made of steel, brass, silver, gilding, and wood.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of steel, brass, silver, gilding, and wood.

Date:

c. 1660

Artist:

Hilt: northern European (possibly Swedish)
Blade: possibly Italian or Spanish

About this artwork

Short, stout, and designed with a minimal guard, this early form of smallsword was highly fashionable throughout northern and central Europe by the middle of the 17th century. The form has been called a scarf sword for the elaborate silk-embroidered scarf-like belts or baldrics from which these delicate swords were suspended.

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Applied Arts of Europe

Title

Scarf Sword

Origin

Sweden

Date

Made 1650–1660

Medium

Steel, brass, silver, gilding, and wood

Dimensions

92.7 × 7.6 cm (36 1/2 × 3 in.)

Credit Line

Through prior purchase of the George F. Harding Collection

Reference Number

2015.319

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