Sword and scabbard

Object Number: 
1942.154ab
Date: 
ca. 1859
Medium: 
Steel, silver plate, ebony, silver; leather, silver plate, other metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 35 5/8 x 5 5/8 x 1 1/8 in. ( 90.5 x 14.3 x 2.9 cm )
Marks: 
etched: on reverse of blade near hilt: "Ames Mfg Co. / Chicopee / Mass" engraved: on silver shield affixed to reverse of grips: "PRESENTED / TO / John S. Ellis / BY / A. T. Kellogg / San Francisco / April 1st 1859" engraved: on throat of scabbard (obver
Description: 
Presentation sword with straight, double-edged steel blade with cross emblems and scroll motifs etched on obverse and reverse; blade is elliptical in cross section; silver-plated cross quillons with eagle in relief at center on both sides, and ends that are flared and molded on either side with twelve stars arranged in a triangle; ebony grip with silver cross mounted on obverse side and silver shield with inscription on reverse; pommel in the form of a conventionalized helmet; black leather scabbard with silver-plated mounts consisting of throat with two carrying rings and oval frog stud with masonic emblems in relief, and tip with flat, trilobed finial with nine-pointed star in relief on obverse side; throat engraved with emblem of cross with serpent wrapped around it and inscription, "IN HOC SIGNO VINCES"; leather sling on metal clip attached to one carrying ring.
Gallery Label: 
This sword, which was presented to John Stoneacre Ellis (1828-1896) in 1859, is described as a "Masonic dress sword" in the accession records.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Augustus Van Horne Ellis
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group