Sword w/ tassle: Webb manufacturer...London

Object Number: 
1923.70
Date: 
1770-1820
Medium: 
Steel, brass, silver, gilding, enamel, textile
Dimensions: 
Overall: 38 1/4 x 5 x 3 1/2 in. ( 97.2 x 12.7 x 8.9 cm )
Marks: 
etched: on gilded banner on obverse of blade: "Warranted" etched: in gilded cartouched on reverse of blade below hilt: "Webb / Manufacturer / 51 Piccadilly / LONDON"
Description: 
Sword with straight, single-edged steel blade with wide fuller extending from ricassso to point; obverse and reverse of blade decorated with crossed arms, crown, and scroll and floral motifs in gilding and blue enamel; gilded brass hilt with bilobed counter-guard hinged on reverse side and simple knuckle bow with scrolled leaf at juncture with pommel, which is urn-shaped with flattened ball finial; grip wrapped with silver wire; frayed strip of red and gray textile attached to knuckle bow.
Gallery Label: 
This is probably a British infantry officer's sword from the post-Revolutionary period. According to the accession records, there was a tag attached to the object when received that read as follows: "BRITISH OFFICER'S SWORD / MADE BY WEBB, LONDON, ENGLAND / TYPE CARRIED DURING THE AMERICAN / REVOLUTION AND AS LATE AS C. 1820."
Credit Line: 
Gift of Charles M. Lefferts
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group