Sword

Object Number: 
1971.128
Date: 
1800-1825
Medium: 
Steel, brass, gilding, enamel
Dimensions: 
Overall: 38 x 4 x 2 3/4 in. ( 96.5 x 10.2 x 7 cm )
Marks: 
etched: on obverse(?) of blade: "Baumgarten" and "GOTT SEGNE DIE STADT" etched: on reverse(?) of blade: "in / Hamburg" and "UND ERHALTE IHRE FREIHEIT"
Description: 
Dress sword with straight, double-edged steel blade decorated with gilding and blue enamel and inscribed "GOTT SEGNE DIE STADT" and "UND ERHALTE IHRE FREIHEIT" on obverse and reverse; blade is elliptical in cross section; gilded brass hilt cast in three pieces: heart-shaped counter-guard, C-shaped knuckle-bow with short cross quillons, and pommel in the form of an urn with eight side panels and flattened ball finial; grip wrapped with alternating turns of narrow-guage twisted wire, medium-gauge twisted wire, and plain wire.
Gallery Label: 
The donor believed that this sword might have been owned by David Grim (1737-1826).
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. J. Harper Skillin
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group