Sword w/scabbard

Object Number: 
1941.1169ab
Date: 
1850-1880
Medium: 
Steel, brass, ivory, paint; brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 34 3/4 x 5 x 1 in. ( 88.3 x 12.7 x 2.5 cm )
Marks: 
etched: on obverse of blade: "W. H. / Horstmann / & Sons" etched: on reverse of blade: "Philadelphia" and "IN HOC SIGNO / VINCES" stamped: on reverse of blade below hilt: maker's mark in the form of crowned male head in profile stamped: on throat of sc
Description: 
Sword with straight, double-edged steel blade with a Christian knight, a leaf and berry spray, and cross emblems etched on obverse, and related emblems and slogan "IN HOC SIGNO VINCES" etched on reverse; blade is elliptical in cross section; cross quillons with nine-pointed star in relief at center on obverse side and skull and crossbones in relief at center on reverse side; ends of quillons are flared and each has a triangular arrangement of twelve stars molded in relief on either side; ivory grip with applied brass cross on obverse side and brass ferrule at base; brass pommel in the form of a conventionalized helmet; brass scabbard with two carrying rings, oval frog stud with cross in relief, engraved emblems, and tip with flat, trilobed finial with nine-pointed star in relief on obverse side.
Gallery Label: 
This sword is identified as a dress sword of the Knights Templar in the accession records.
Credit Line: 
Gift of John Ward Dunsmore
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group