Ames Manufacturing Co. Presentation Sword, Inscribed "To Brevet Lieu. Col. J.B. Magruder"


Sword: The blade of this sword is long, straight, and double edged. The fuller is deep and narrow, and extends almost to the blade's tip. Both sides are decorated in silver chasing. On the obverse, There is an array of military trophies and floral sprays. The reverse is similarly decorated, but also includes an eagle. The grip of the sword is hexagonal. Every side features the United States shield, (or two of these shields, in some cases), in the center of the face, surrounded on the top and bottom with laurel sprays. The only exception is the face on the obverse, which is decorated in a simple shingle design. The pommel is a cast of a classical helmet. There are two eyelets on the pommel and on a quillon where a chain would be attached to act as a knuckleguard, but the chain itself is missing. The quillons are triangular and feature casts of various weapons and a liberty cap surrounded by floral branches. Two of the quillons also have an eagle included in the design. The lancet on the obverse features an eagle and a U.S. shield, and the lancet on the reverse is a plain medallion.

Scabbard: The scabbard has two gold mounts. The top mount bears a U.S. shield, and the middle mount bears a shield with an inscription. There is an inscription dedicated the sword to Lieu Col Magruder between the two mounts. There is an eagle on the very top of the scabbard, along with military trophies, a liberty cap, and floral designs between the second mount and the drag. There are three carrying rings on the scabbard, one on each side of the top mount, and one on the right side of the mount In the middle.

Date Made: ca 1850

Recipient: Magruder, John BankheadMaker Of Sword: Ames Manufacturing CompanyMaker Of Scabbard: Bailey and Company

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made Of Sword: United States: Massachusetts, ChicopeePlace Made Of Scabbard: United States: Pennsylvania, PhiladelphiaReferenced: United States: New Mexico, Mexico CityMexico: Veracruz

Subject: Edged WeaponsRelated Event: Mexican War


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Credit Line: Henry R. Magruder

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: AF.10794Catalog Number: 10794Accession Number: 47577

Object Name: SwordswordOther Terms: Sword; Edged Weapons; Presentation

Physical Description: metal, gilt (scabbard material)metal, steel (blade material)metal (hilt material)Measurements: blade: 31 in x 1 in; 78.74 cm x 2.54 cmscabbard: 31 7/8 in x 2 in; 80.9625 cm x 5.08 cmoverall: 38 1/2 in x 5 in; 97.79 cm x 12.7 cmoverall, scabbard: 3/4 in x 3 3/8 in x 31 7/8 in; 1.905 cm x 8.5725 cm x 80.9625 cmoverall, sword: 1 1/8 in x 4 3/4 in x 38 1/4 in; 2.8575 cm x 12.065 cm x 97.155 cm


Record Id: nmah_420942

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