Sword, scabbard and chain
Steel, brass, leather, gilding; steel, brass
Overall: 36 5/8 x 5 1/4 x 1 3/8 in. ( 93 x 13.3 x 3.5 cm )
in relief: on counter-guard: "KNIGHTS / PYTHIAS" (on banner in eagle's beak) etched: on obverse of blade near hilt: "SCHUYLER / HARTLEY & / GRAHAM / NEW-YORK" etched: on obverse of blade near center: "Mendel Lowenthal" stamped: on reverse of blade near
Sword with straight, double-edged steel blade with etched designs with light gilding and inscriptions, "Mendel Lowenthal" and "KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS," on obverse and reverse; hilt with brass cross quillons, counter-guard, and pommel; grips covered in black leather and wrapped with wire; quillons have circular ends and are molded with crossed arms on obverse side; counter-guard, which is angled downward over blade on obverse side, has mounted knight in relief inside oval frame with eagle perched above; pommel in the form of a conventionalized helmet surmounted by an eagle, with chain extending from eagle's beak to end of quillons below; steel scabbard with three brass mounts; upper mount with full-length figure of a knight in relief and two carrying rings; middle mount with intertwined initials "KP" and banner with inscription, "ESTO PERPETUA"; tip with symmetrical drag molded with emblems on obverse side.
The original owner of this sword, Mendel Lowenthal, was the grandfather of the donor.
Gift of Milton Lowenthal
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