Presentation Sword and Scabbard


In November of 1861 Capt. Charles Wilkes, in command of the USS San Jacinto, stopped the British ship RMS Trent and arrested two Confederate diplomats, James Mason and John Slidell. While the British Government demanded an apology and the U.S. Government disavowed Wilkes' action, the people of Boston decided to reward Wilkes with this beautiful presentation sword.

Date Made: 1862

User: Wilkes, CharlesMaker: Shreve, Stanwood and Company

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States

Subject: Edged WeaponsWeb Subject: Civil WarRelated Event: Civil War


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Credit Line: Jane Wilkes

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: AF.14946Catalog Number: 14946Accession Number: 56944

Object Name: sword and scabbardOther Terms: sword; sword and scabbard; Edged Weapons; Presentation

Measurements: overall: 32 3/4 in; 83.185 cm


Record Id: nmah_441816

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