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Saber with Scabbard, 19th century. Turkish. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Giulia P. Morosini, in memory of her father, Giovanni P. Morosini, 1923 (23.232.2a, b) | The most important ceremony in the inauguration of many Islamic rulers was the investiture with a sword, rather than a crown.  #sword

Saber with Scabbard, 19th century. Turkish. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Giulia P. Morosini, in memory of her father, Giovanni P. Morosini, 1923 (23.232.2a, b) | The most important ceremony in the inauguration of many Islamic rulers was the investiture with a sword, rather than a crown. #sword

Sword and Sheath, 20th century. Mali. Mande peoples. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Claire E. Mebel and Frederick R. Mebel, 1993 (1993.521a, b) #sword

Sword and Sheath, 20th century. Mali. Mande peoples. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Claire E. Mebel and Frederick R. Mebel, 1993 (1993.521a, b) #sword

Rapier, ca. 1600–1620. German. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of George D. Pratt, 1929 (29.16.10) #sword

Rapier, ca. 1600–1620. German. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of George D. Pratt, 1929 (29.16.10) #sword

Samuel Jackson (American, active 1833–70). Congressional Presentation Sword and Scabbard of Major General John E. Wool (1784–1869), 1854–55. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger and Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Goelet Gifts, 2009 (2009.8a–c) | This sword's elegant proportions, novel design, sculptural conception, and superb finish make it an outstanding example of mid-nineteenth-century silversmithing. #sword

Samuel Jackson (American, active 1833–70). Congressional Presentation Sword and Scabbard of Major General John E. Wool (1784–1869), 1854–55. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger and Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Goelet Gifts, 2009 (2009.8a–c) | This sword's elegant proportions, novel design, sculptural conception, and superb finish make it an outstanding example of mid-nineteenth-century silversmithing. #sword

John Olin’s “King Buck” Winchester Model 21 Shotgun- This particular Model 21 is the highest grade they offered – the Grand Royal. Custom-made for John Olin, some consider it the finest firearm ever to leave the Winchester factory. The shotgun is heavily embossed and inlaid with solid gold to commemorate Olin’s favorite hunting dog, a black lab named King Buck. NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia.

John Olin’s “King Buck” Winchester Model 21 Shotgun- This particular Model 21 is the highest grade they offered – the Grand Royal. Custom-made for John Olin, some consider it the finest firearm ever to leave the Winchester factory. The shotgun is heavily embossed and inlaid with solid gold to commemorate Olin’s favorite hunting dog, a black lab named King Buck. NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia.

Scimitar, ca. 1600–1625. Turkish. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund and Pfeiffer Fund, 1978 (1978.145) #sword

Scimitar, ca. 1600–1625. Turkish. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund and Pfeiffer Fund, 1978 (1978.145) #sword

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