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Sword and scabbard

Object Number: 
1952.104ab
Date: 
1812-1815
Medium: 
Steel, brass, gold; brass, gilding
Dimensions: 
Overall: 37 1/2 x 4 1/4 x 1 in. ( 95.2 x 10.8 x 2.5 cm )
Marks: 
engraved: on reverse of scabbard: "Presented by the Corporation of the City of N.York to Jacob Jones Esqr. Comdr. U.S. Sloop/of WarWasp in testimony of their high sense of his Gallantry in Capturing the British/Sloop of War Frolic, on 18th Octr. 1812"
Description: 
Presentation sword with straight, evenly tapered triangular steel blade with etched designs, blueing and gilding covering over three quarters of length on all three sides; gold hilt with four-sided ivory grip with cross-hatching on obverse and reverse; oblong counterguard embossed with naval battle scene curves downward over blade on obverse side; ornately molded knuckle-bow with oval lion mask medallion at center on either side; curved quillon with applied finial in the form of a heavy, ornamented disk; eagle's head pommel with capstan rivet; gilded brass scabbard with band at throat embossed with grape leaves and clusters, and narrow, leaf-patterned bands running from top to bottom on edges of obverse; reverse of scabbard with engraved inscription.
Gallery Label: 
This sword was presented to the donor's grandfather, U.S. Navy Captain Jacob Jones (1768-1850), commander of the "Wasp," to honor his victory on October 18, 1812, over the British brig "Frolic." The Common Council of the City of New York voted to award an "elegant sword" and the freedom of the city to Jones in December 1812. The sword was presented to Jones at City Hall on April 6, 1815. Minutes of the Common Council indicate that Jones's sword was purchased from New York City retailer N. Taylor & Co. at a cost of $250.
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Frank C. Jones, Sr.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group