Ames Manufacturing Co. Presentation Sword, Inscribed "Presented to Col. John R. Brooke 1862"

Ames Manufacturing Co. Presentation Sword, Inscribed "Presented to Col. John R. Brooke 1862"

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Sword: The blade of this presentation sword is long, straight, and single edged. Both sides are decorated in silver chasing, and bear an array of floral scrolls. The obverse also features multiple military trophies, including a liberty cap, while the reverse has a bald eagle. The grip of the sword is hexagonal. Each face is decorated with a unique floral scroll design, (except for the face on the center reverse, which has a diagonal striped design). The pommel of the sword is a cast of a classical soldier's helmet. The knuckleguard consists of two metal chains which connect to an eyelet on the pommel and to an eyelet on one of the quillons. The quillons are triangular, and each have two scrolls extending from the ricasso outward to the end of the quillon. The base of the quillons are decorated in palm leaves. The langet bears a cluster of weapons and a shield on a blank medallion.
Scabbard: The scabbard has three gold mounts and a drag. The top mount features a large cluster of arrows with a shield bearing an eagle in the middle, along with a liberty hat atop a liberty pole. The middle mount features a more simple cluster of arrows with a floral design. The third mount is an ornate display of flags and arrows and also includes a liberty hat atop a liberty pole, all surrounded by a leaf design. The drag features a simple oak spray. In between the top and middle mount there is an inscription to the recipient of the sword, Col. John Brooke. There are three carrying rings on the scabbard, one on each side of the top mount and one on the right side of the middle mount.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Sword
sword
Other Terms
Sword; Edged Weapons; Presentation
date made
1862
date presented
1862 01 27
recipient
Brooke, John Rutter
maker
Ames Manufacturing Company
Place Made
United States: Massachusetts, Chicopee
referenced
United States: Pennsylvania
Physical Description
metal, gilt (scabbard material)
metal, steel (blade material)
metal (hilt material)
Measurements
blade: 31 1/2 in x 1 1/8 in; 80.01 cm x 2.8575 cm
scabbard: 32 3/4 in x 2 in; 83.185 cm x 5.08 cm
overall: 39 in x 4 3/4 in; 99.06 cm x 12.065 cm
overall, scabbard: 3/4 in x 3 3/8 in x 32 7/8 in; 1.905 cm x 8.5725 cm x 83.5025 cm
overall, sword: 1 1/4 in x 4 3/4 in x 39 in; 3.175 cm x 12.065 cm x 99.06 cm
ID Number
AF.22923
catalog number
22923
accession number
63843
Credit Line
Major General John R. Brooke, U.S. Army
subject
Edged Weapons
Civil War
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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