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Small sword with original scabbard and waistbelt

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The sword has a silver hilt with turned tip; flattened spherical pommel; and twisted wire-wound grip with plain ferrel. The knuckle guard and pas d’anes are simply curved and slightly molded. The quillion ends in a bulb form; the bivalve shell guard has molded edges. The plain, unmarked...

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Engraved "R.H." on one counter guard, "1735" on the other. Scabbard mount engraved "R. Hazen Of / Haverhill A:D./1735" and "Cost £13= 15= 9.


On shell of hilt within an ellipse: "Hurd" Ada Mark E123


Col. Richard Hazen (1696 – 1754) and Sarah Clement of Newbury, m. 1719; to their daughter Elizabeth Hazen (1734/35 – 1808), m. Joseph Little (1730 – 1792) of Newbury, Massachussetts, in 1757; to their daughter Lucretia Little (1759 – 1851) and her second cousin Silas Little (1754 – 1845), m. 1786. By descent to their son Joseph Little (b. 1799) and Elizabeth Moody (b. 1799) of Newbury, m. 1821; to their son Joseph Little (b. 1833) and Sarah C. Hale (b. 1840), m. 1861. By descent to their son Joseph Danforth Little (b. 1868) of Nutley, New Jersey, who placed the sword on loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1926 to 1940. Purchased sometime thereafter by Mark Bortman (1896 – 1967); by descent to his daughter Jane Bortman Larus, who made it a gift to the Museum in 1984.

Credit Line

Gift of Jane Bortman Larus in honor of Kathryn C. Buhler and in recognition of her warm friendship and association with Mark Bortman and Jane B. Larus

about 1735

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts


77.47 cm (30 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silver, steel, leather