Presentation sword and scabbard
Steel, gold, other metal, gilding; brass, gilding
Overall: 36 7/8 x 4 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. ( 93.7 x 12.1 x 3.8 cm )
Presentation sword with straight, single-edged steel blade with full-length fuller and etched designs covering three-quarters of obverse and reverse; gold stirrup hilt with counter-guard consisting of an oval piece that curves downward over blade on obverse side and is embossed with Hercules and the Nemean Lion and decorated with a border of rosettes; knuckle-bow with oval medallion with an eagle on either side at center, and circular panel with six-pointed star near juncture with pommel; quillon with ram's head finial; four-sided grips with floral mounts on obverse and reverse and rosettes lining edges on all four sides, surmounted by eagle's head pommel; gilded brass scabbard with three vignettes engraved on obverse, including a battle scene, Niagara Falls, and military trophies; band at throat with embossed grape leaves and clusters and a 2 1/4 inch prong mounted at either side; symmetrical drag with biloded tip; engraved inscription on plaque mounted on obverse of scabbard, and engraved inscription on reverse.
Bequest of Virgina Scott Hoyt
stamped: on back of blade near hilt: "AA"
engraved: on plaque affixed to obverse of scabbard: "Major General Winfield Scott / U. S. Army"
engraved: on reverse of scabbard: "Presented by his Excellency Daniel D. Tompkins Governor of the State of New York, pursuant to / Resolutions of the Senate & Assembly of the said State, to Major General W. Scott, as a testimonial / of the high sense entertained of his talents, patriotism and services."
etched: on obverse of blade: "E PLURIBUS / UNUM" on banner (part of eagle insignia)
Winfield Scott (1786-1866), who married Maria Dehart Mayo (1789-1862); to their daughter Camilla Scott (1834-1882), who married Goold Hoyt (1822-1883); to their daughter Virginia Scott Hoyt (1867-1938), the donor.
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