Brunswick Sword

Brunswick Sword
Brunswick Sword
Title
Brunswick Sword
Date 
ca. 1777
Medium 
Steel, brass, wood, textile
Dimensions 
Overall: 43 3/4 x 6 x 4 1/2 in. ( 111.1 x 15.2 x 11.4 cm )
Description 
Sword with long, straight, double-edged steel blade with elliptical cross section; brass basket hilt with crown and "C" device, thumb ring, and tear drop shaped quillon; wooden grip covered in textile and wrapped with wire; ovoid brass pommel with flattened ball finial; tassel on long strip of cloth tape attached to hilt.
Credit Line 
Bequest of Charles M. Lefferts
Object Number 
1923.60
Marks 
stamped: on reverse of blade below hilt: indecipherable maker's mark uncised: on underside of hilt: "L. No. 67"
Gallery Label 
This sword apparently belonged to an officer of the Brunswick dragoons, German mercenary soldiers who aided the British in the Revolutionary War. According to the accession records, it was captured from a dragoon of the Brunswick Regiment Von Riedesel at Bennington, Vermont, in 1777.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group