Sword

Title:
Sword
Date: 
1770-1800
Medium: 
Steel, brass, gilding, other metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 43 5/8 x 5 x 3 1/2 in. ( 110.8 x 12.7 x 8.9 cm )
Description: 
Sword with straight, evenly tapered, double-edged steel blade which is diamond-shaped in cross section; gilded brass hilt with heart-shaped counter-guard with center ridge and perpendicular border cast in one piece with knuckle-bow and short, flared quillons (slightly upturned on one side); grips covered with braided metal (copper?) wire; ovoid pommel with ridges and ball finial.
Object Number: 
X.144
Marks: 
stamped: on obverse of blade below hilt: "R" with crown above stamped: on reverse side of knuckle-bow: "R" with crown above
Gallery Label: 
This sword is presented in Harold Peterson's "Arms and Armor in Colonial America, 1526-1783" (p. 279) as an example of a German officer's sword from the period of the Revolutionary War. In the accession records, however, the sword is described as a "British military officer's sword" (from the same period).
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group