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American Decorative Arts
Maker: Ephraim Brasher, 1744–1810

Hunting Sword

ca. 1765–75


5 1/2 H. hilt × 27 in. (14 × 68.6 cm) L. scabbard
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
Made in New York, New York, North America
18th century
Arms and Armor

Robert Ensko, Inc., New York, NY; Francis P. Garvan, New York, NY (1930).


V. Isabelle Miller, Silver by New York Makers, Late 17th Century to 1900, exh. cat. (New York: Museum of the City of New York, 1937), 6, no. 59.

H. W. Williams, “American Silver-Hilted Swords,” Antiques 67, no. 6 (June 1955): 510–13, ill.

Kathryn C. Buhler, Colonial Silversmiths, Masters and Apprentices, exh. cat. (Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1956), 75, no. 174.

Kathryn C. Buhler and Graham Hood, American Silver in the Yale University Art Gallery, 2 vols. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1970), vol. 2, p. 122, no. 693, ill.

Barbara M. Ward and Gerald W. R. Ward, eds., Silver in American Life: Selections from the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1979), 116, no. 111, ill.

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