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December 9, 2011

Brigadier general’s sword

Filed under: Item of the Day — Lizzie Ehrenhalt @ 9:30 am

Brigadier general's sword and scabbard (in case)Brigadier general's sword and scabbard

Presentation sword and scabbard given to John Benjamin Sanborn, Sr. in 1863 while he served as a Brigadier General in the United States Army.  The set was made by Tiffany and Company in New York City.  The sword has a straight, double-edged blade with gilt etching on both sides, a gilt brass cross-guard, and reeded silver grips.  A full-relief bust of a helmeted woman serves as the pommel.  The sword’s engraved silver guard reads,  “Presented  to Brig. Gen Sanborn by the officers & men of the 6th Cav. M.S.M. as a token of their esteem for him as an officer and a gentleman.”  The gilt brass scabbard features relief molded draperies at the upper and lower bands and at the tip.

For more details, including close-up images of the sword’s hilt and ricasso, view the sword in our online catalog.

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