Sword Presented to John R. Brooke

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Description (Brief)
Presented to Major General John R Brooke by Post 595 G.A.R. and citizens of Pottstown, Pennsylvania on Jan. 14th 1901.
Born in Pottstown, PA, John R. Brooke served as a brevet Major General in the Civil War. He was wounded at Gettysburg and again at Cold Harbor. He later served in the Indian Wars and the Spanish-American War. He was appointed military governor of Puerto Rico and later, Cuba at the end of the war. This Model 1840 style presentation sword was given to him in 1901 by Post 595 of the G.A.R. , Pottstown, PA.
The blade is long, straight, diamond shaped, and double edged. It is decorated on both sides in scroll designs and military trophies in gold chasing. The metal grip is mounted with mother of pearl. The grip is wrapped ten times around in a spiral with gilt wire. The cast pommel has a scroll design. The knuckle guard is a thin gold metal strip decorated with oak sprays and large palm leaves. There is a five sided star in the center of the knuckle guard. It terminates in a horn shaped quillon that extends outward. The counterguard bears an eagle holding laurel sprays in front of a large sunburst with stars. The design is surrounded by a wreath of oak leaves. The reverse of the counterguard is hinged and features the monogram "JRB" in the center, surrounded by floral and scroll designs.
The scabbard has three gold metal mounts, all of which are decorated with floral designs. Between the top two mounts is the inscription ” Presented to / MAJOR GENL. JOHN R. BROOKE / by the Citizens and ME Richards Post 595 G.A.R. / Pottstown, Pa. Jan. 14th 1901.” There are three carrying rings on the piece, one on each side of the top mount, and one on the right side of the middle mount. There is a long, thick, gold metal chain that hooks to the top right hand ring and the ring on the middle mount.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1901
associated date
Brooke, John Rutter
Horstmann Brothers & Company
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
presented by
United States: Pennsylvania, Pottstown
Physical Description
metal, gilt (scabbard material)
steel (blade material)
metal (hilt material)
blade: 31 in x 5/8 in; 78.74 cm x 1.5875 cm
scabbard: 32 7/8 in x 3 in; 83.5025 cm x 7.62 cm
overall: 38 in x 4 1/2 in; 96.52 cm x 11.43 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Major General John R. Brooke, U.S. Army
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


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