Steel, brass, wood
Overall: 35 5/8 x 4 1/4 x 4 in. ( 90.5 x 10.8 x 10.2 cm )
Sword with straight, evenly tapered, double-edged steel blade which is diamond-shaped in cross section; brass hilt with wooden grip wrapped with wire; knuckle-bow approximates the reverse P-type, with branch on obverse side joining a large rounded guard which is angled upward toward grips and bears the embossed figure of a running horse; short straight quillon with irregularly shaped ball finial; additional branch on the reverse side extends from knuckle-bow to a point near base of quillon; asymmetrical pommel with slightly flattened ball finial and an embossed crown on either side.
This sword has been identified by Harold Peterson as a Brunswick dragoon private's sword. According to Peterson, surviving specimens of swords carried by German mounted troops during the Revolutionary War are exceptionally rare. This was one of only three authenticated examples known to Peterson in the mid-1950s, when his survey, "Arms and Armor in Colonial America, 1526-1783," was published (see p. 266).
Bequest of Charles M. Lefferts
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.