Sword Presented to George B. McClellan

Description (Brief)
Presented to Major General George McClellan by the citizens of Boston on February 5th, 1863
The blade of this sword is long, straight, and double edged. Both sides of the blade are decorated with trophy, floral, and scroll designs. The grip of the sword is gold plated, and is covered with rows of laurel leaves. The grip also has three bands covered in pearls. Two of the bands intersect in the middle, and the other wraps around the top, right below the pommel. The pommel is globular and covered in gold oak leaves. A large stone or gem is missing from the pommel. The knuckle guard is a gold plated strip of laurel leaves. The counterguard is double shell shaped. The top of the counterguard is corrugated. The knuckle guard terminates in a round quillon with palm leaf designs.
The scabbard has three gold mounts. The top mount has two angels holding a shield surrounded with floral and scroll designs on the obverse. Between the mounts is the inscription “TO / Major General George B. McClellan. / from many / Citizens of / BOSTON / February / 5th 1863. / Pro rege saepe, pro patria simper.” The middle mount has a medieval casque surrounded by two small angels and floral and scroll designs. The drag features the profile view of a goddess' head, along with some more floral designs. There are three carrying rings on the scabbard, one on each side of the top mount, and the other on the right side of the middle mount.
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Object Name
case, sword
date made
date given
associated date
1863 02 05
McClellan, George B.
Palmer, Bachelders & Co.
Physical Description
metal (blade material)
metal, steel (blade material)
metal, gilt (?? material)
metal (hilt material)
metal, gilt (scabbard material)
blade: 32 in x 1 1/8 in; 81.28 cm x 2.8575 cm
scabbard: 34 1/2 in x 2 3/4 in; 87.63 cm x 6.985 cm
overall: 39 in x 6 1/2 in; 99.06 cm x 16.51 cm
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
made in; presented at
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Edged Weapons
Civil War
related event
Civil War
See more items in
Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
Civil War Presentation Swords
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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