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Sword w/ gem patterned hilt

Object Number: 
1948.176
Date: 
1740-1760
Medium: 
Steel
Dimensions: 
Overall: 39 5/8 x 2 3/4 x 7/8 in. ( 100.6 x 7 x 2.2 cm )
Description: 
Dress sword with straight, evenly tapered steel blade which is triangular in cross section with etched scroll motifs that extend about 7 inches below hilt on all three sides; steel hilt with small oval counter-guard, pas d'ane, delicate cross quillons, and pierced grip and urn-shaped pommel, all decorated with faceted steel beads inset in linear and circular patterns.
Gallery Label: 
The donor thought that this sword might have belonged to John Appy (1725-1761), who served as Secretary [and?] Judge Advocate of the British Forces in North America from 1756 until 1761. Appy was married to the daughter of Colonel William Jephson, who served in the British Army in the Revolutionary War.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. Norreys Jephson O'Conor
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group