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Dress Sword

Object Number: 
1956.159
Date: 
1750-1775
Medium: 
Steel, silver, wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 40 1/8 x 4 1/4 x 3 1/8 in. ( 101.9 x 10.8 x 7.9 cm )
Description: 
Dress sword with straight steel blade, which is triangular in cross section with a wide forte that narrows suddenly to a slender foible (colichemarde type); forte decorated with etched motifs on all three sides; silver hilt with grip of exposed wood (originally wrapped with wire); pierced oval counter-guard with circular and spiral motifs, cross quillons with very small pas d'ane joined to slender knuckle-bow, and pierced ovoid pommel.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this sword was used by a Verplanck ancestor during the American Revolution. The sword is similar to a dress sword owned by George Washington in the collection at Mount Vernon (illustrated in Harold L. Peterson, "Arms and Armor in Colonial America, 1526-1783," p. 270).
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Bayard Verplanck
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group