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Scabbard: to General Stephan Moylan

Object Number: 
1952.404ab
Date: 
ca. 1793
Medium: 
Steel, brass, wood, gilding, enamel; leather, brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 34 3/4 x 4 1/2 x 1 in. ( 88.3 x 11.4 x 2.5 cm )
Marks: 
engraved: on throat of scabbard (obverse side): "To / General Stephen Moylan / from / General George Washington" engraved: on first middle band of scabbard (obverse side): "Philadelphia"
Description: 
Sword with straight, single-edged steel blade with full-length fuller and decoration done in blue enamel and gilding on upper half of obverse and reverse; gilded brass stirrup hilt with beaded knuckle-bow (five beads at center) and quillon with disk finial; deteriorated grip with exposed wood and metal and brass ferrule at base; gilded brass eagle head pommel; leather scabbard with brass throat with oval frog stud and engraved inscription and two brass(?) middle bands, the first with engraved inscription (tip missing).
Gallery Label: 
George Washington presented this sword to General Stephen Moylan (1737-1811) in Philadelphia, according to an inscription on the scabbard. The sword, which once belonged to Rev. Dr. Frederick A. Dillingham of Bridgeport, Connecticut (d. 1930), was obtained by the donor, Albert E. Gallatin, from Fred Peters, an antiquarian specializing in Americana who acquired it from the Dillingham estate. Gallatin was a descendant of Stephen Moylan.
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Albert Eugene Gallatin
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group