Sword Voted to Winfield S. Hancock

Sword Voted to Winfield S. Hancock

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Description (Brief)
Voted to Major General Winfield S. Hancock at the Mississippi Valley Sanitary Fair in St. Louis, Missouri on June 4th, 1864.
This sword was voted to Major General Winfield Scott Hancock at the Mississippi Valley Sanitary Fair in St. Louis, Missouri on June 4th, 1864. The fair was one of many fundraisers for the United States Sanitary Commission, a private relief organization that supported army hospitals and sick and wounded soldiers during the Civil War. Visitors to the fair gave donations to “vote” for their favorite general.
The blade of this sword is long, straight, and singled-edged. The fuller is broad and flat, and extends almost to the tip of the blade. Both sides are decorated in gold and silver chasing in floral and scroll designs. On the obverse are a "US" monogram and a Union soldier. On the reverse is a cluster of military trophies and a soldier. The grip is four sided. On the side faces there is a single line of beadwork. On the front and back faces are figures of a woman holding a sword in her right hand and a standard in her left. The pommel bears a cast eagle. The knuckle guard consists of two sprays of laurel leaves arranged in the form of a bow. In the center of the knuckle guard is the goddess Nike holding a laurel wreath. The quillon terminates above the blade in the shape of a lion's head. The counterguard features a laurel wreath on the front, and is inscribed “VOTED TO / MAJ. GEN. W.S. HANCOCK / AT THE / MISSISSIPPI / VALLEY / SANITARY / FAIR / ST. LOUIS June 4 1864.”
The scabbard has three gold mounts. The first mount bears an eagle surrounded in gold stars encrusted in diamonds (36 diamonds total), all set on a blue enamel background flanked by two standards and surmounted by two palm sprays. The reverse of this mount bears a sword wrapped in a laurel wreath. The middle mount features an oval shield with a "US" monogram cast in the center, and a Greek helmet, sword, and laurel spray. The drag features a laurel wreath, a battle axe, and a lion's head. There are three carrying rings on this scabbard, one on each side of the top mount and one on the right side of the middle mount.
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Object Name
Other Terms
Edged Weapons; Presentation
date made
ca 1864
date given
Hancock, Winfield Scott
Tiffany & Co.
maker of blade
Collins & Co.
place made
United States: New York, New York
United States: Connecticut, Hartford
presented by/in
United States: Missouri, St. Louis
Physical Description
metal, gilt (scabbard material)
steel (blade material)
brass (hilt material)
blade: 30 7/8 in x 1 in; 78.4225 cm x 2.54 cm
scabbard: 32 1/4 in x 3 1/2 in; 81.915 cm x 8.89 cm
overall: 39 1/4 in x 6 3/4 in; 99.695 cm x 17.145 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Hancock Dorr
Edged Weapons
Civil War
Civil War
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Military
Civil War Presentation Swords
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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