Polished steel, pierced and inset with faceted steel beads
Support: Cut and polished
Overall: 18.4 cm (7 1/4 in.); Guard: 9.7 cm (3 13/16 in.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1923.1061
The entire hilt is made of polished steel, with faceted steel beads of different sizes arranged in rows and rosettes to give the impression of a "jeweled" hilt. This was an object of great luxury to be worn only with a gentleman's formal attire at court.
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