Photo © President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.1661.A
People
Unidentified Maker
Title
Sword
Other Titles
Former Title: Lafayette's Sword?
Classification
Weapons and Ammunition
Work Type
sword
Date
c. 1791
Culture
French
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/229731
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Blade: steel with gold-filled incised decoration and inscriptions; handle: braided brass wire over fabric on a wooden core; guard: cast brass and gilt bronze, with profile portrait of Lafayette enframed in draped flags; lion-headed pummel: cast brass with gilt bronze decoration
Technique
Cast
Dimensions
length: 95 cm (37 3/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: inscribed on the recto of the blade: Pour la Nation
  • inscription: inscribed on the verso of the blade: Vaincrir ou mourir
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.1661.A
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
THIS WORK MAY NOT BE LENT BY THE TERMS OF ITS ACQUISITION TO THE HARVARD ART MUSEUMS.
The Harvard Art Museums encourage the use of images found on this website for personal, noncommercial use, including educational and scholarly purposes. To request a higher resolution file of this image, please submit an online request.
Descriptions
Description
inscribed on the recto of the blade: "Pour la Nation"; inscribed on the verso of the blade: "Vaincrir ou mourir"
Publication History

Objets et Souvenirs concernant le General La Fayette: Catalogue of the Girardin Family Collection (n.d.), p. 7

Washington, Lafayette, Franklin: Portraits, Books, Manuscripts, Prints, Memorabilia, for the Most Part from the Collections of the University, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1944), p. 51, cat. 115

Agnes Mongan, Harvard Honors Lafayette, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1975), pp. 80-81, no. 25, repr.

Exhibition History

Washington Lafayette Franklin, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 02/22/1944 - 05/28/1944

This record was created from historic documentation and may not have been reviewed by a curator; it may be inaccurate or incomplete. Our records are frequently revised and enhanced. For more information please contact the Division of European and American Art at am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu