This Tiffany and Company adaptation of a United States Army Model 1850 Staff and Field Officer’s sword was presented to commanding officer Colonel Henry C. Lester of the Third Minnesota Regiment by his line officers on April 14, 1862. The non-regulation, presentation grade sword was designed by Tiffany & Company in New York and manufactured by Collins & Company in Hartford, Connecticut. The blade is etched with military trophies and patriotic motifs. The hilt’s quillon forms a large lion’s head and the pommel cap is a rendition of a Roman breastplate and skirt with a crested, engraved helmet resting upon the shoulders. The rear counterguard is inscribed “Presented to / Henry C. Lester / Col. Comd’g IIIrd REGM’T Minn. Vol. by the LINE OFFICERS / of his Regiment in the field April 14, 1862 / in token of their high regard and confidence”.
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Citation: Tiffany adaptation of a US Army Model 1850 sword. 2005.35.1.A,B. Minnesota Historical Society.