Dress Sword

This small sword was owned by the Copp family of Stonington, Connecticut during the late half of the 18th century. The sword was likely owned as a dress sword, and the scabbard appears to be made from a bayonet sheath. The hilt has a wooden grip and a metal pommel and knuckle-guard.
The Copp Collection contains a variety of household objects that the Copp family of Connecticut used from around 1700 until the mid-1800s. Part of the Puritan Great Migration from England to Boston, the family eventually made their home in New London County, Connecticut, where their textiles, clothes, utensils, ceramics, books, bibles, and letters provide a vivid picture of daily life. More of the collection from the Division of Home and Community Life can be viewed by searching accession number 28810.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1775
Physical Description
brass (hilt material)
steel (blade material)
wood (grip material)
leather (scabbard material)
overall-sword: 3 in x 33 1/2 in x 3 1/2 in; 7.62 cm x 85.09 cm x 8.89 cm
overall-sheath: 1 1/8 in x 19 in x 1 1/8 in; 2.8575 cm x 48.26 cm x 2.8575 cm
place used
United States: New England
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
Copp Collection
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Copp Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of John Brenton Copp
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