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

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

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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.
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Object Name
Other Terms
Sword; Edged Weapons; Presentation
date made
ca 1850
Magruder, John Bankhead
maker of sword
Ames Manufacturing Company
maker of scabbard
Bailey and Company
place made of sword
United States: Massachusetts, Chicopee
place made of scabbard
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
United States: New Mexico, Mexico City
Mexico: Veracruz
Physical Description
metal, gilt (scabbard material)
metal, steel (blade material)
metal (hilt material)
blade: 31 in x 1 in; 78.74 cm x 2.54 cm
scabbard: 31 7/8 in x 2 in; 80.9625 cm x 5.08 cm
overall: 38 1/2 in x 5 in; 97.79 cm x 12.7 cm
overall, scabbard: 3/4 in x 3 3/8 in x 31 7/8 in; 1.905 cm x 8.5725 cm x 80.9625 cm
overall, 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
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Henry R. Magruder
Edged Weapons
Mexican War
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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