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Sword, scabbard and tassel: eagle head pommel

Object Number: 
1960.17ab
Date: 
ca. 1825
Medium: 
Steel, brass, ivory, enamel, gilding, textile; brass, gilding
Dimensions: 
Overall: 37 x 5 1/2 x 1 in. ( 94 x 14 x 2.5 cm )
Description: 
Sword with curved, single-edged steel blade with half-width fuller and decoration consisting of stylized floral motifs and military symbols done in etching, blue enamel, and gilding; gilded brass knuckle-bow with stylized floral and feather motifs cast in one piece with lion head quillon and shield-shaped langets that extend below rectangular panels on obverse and reverse; gold tassel on cord attached to knuckle-bow; rectangular ivory grip with carved ridges tapers into curved neck of eagle head pommel mounted on top; gilded brass scabbard with two carrying rings, tip with drag, and elaborate engraving.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this sword was worn by the donor's great-grandfather, Colonel Romulus Gildersleeve (1807/8-1895). The Society also has in its possession a commission signed by Governor DeWitt Clinton on October 8, 1825, appointing Gildersleeve an aide-de-camp to the Brigadier-General of the Second Brigade of Riflemen.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Fred Carver Duncan, through Mrs. Fred C. Duncan
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group