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Hunting sword with scabbard and belt hardware

Object Number: 
1912.21a-e
Date: 
ca. 1780
Medium: 
Steel, silver, ivory; leather, silver; metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 32 7/8 x 3 1/2 x 1 3/4 in. ( 83.5 x 8.9 x 4.4 cm )
Marks: 
engraved: on either side of pommel: "Jonathan" and "Warner" engraved/stamped: on obverse side of scabbard throat: "Henry Dearborn/N. Hampshire"; on reverse side of scabbard throat: "J. Bailey/N*York" stamped/incised: on both sides of blade: "1755" and s
Description: 
Silver- and ivory-hilted hunting sword with curved, single-edged steel blade with narrow fuller and stamped and incised marks on obverse and reverse; perforated silver counter-guard with center bar flanked by a single branch on either side; carved ivory grip, stained green, with spiraling ridges tapering toward narrow base encircled by a plain silver ferrule; silver eagle's head pommel with capstan rivet and chain extending to counter-guard below; stitched leather scabbard has silver mounts consisting of engraved throat with carrying ring, upper band with carrying ring, middle band with carrying ring, and tip with tiny ball finial; three pieces of gilded metal hardware are attached with copper wire to counter-guard: two include openwork insignia with shield-breasted eagle, and a small buckle attached to clip.
Gallery Label: 
According to the donor, the sword belonged to New Hampshire native Henry Dearborn (1751-1829). Dearborn fought in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. Recent research suggests that Bailey may have undertaken only a repair of the sword in c. 1780, rather than manufacture.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Isaac J. Greenwood
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group