Presentation Sword, Inscribed "Major General E.W. Ripley U.S. Army"

Presentation Sword, Inscribed "Major General E.W. Ripley U.S. Army"

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Sword: The blade of this presentation sword is long, straight, and single edged. The fuller is shallow and broad, and extends almost to the tip of the blade. Both sides are decorated in silver chasing. The obverse features an eagle holding an "E PLURIBUS / UNUM" banner surrounded by stars, flanked by floral sprays. The reverse is similar, but instead of an eagle there is a cluster of military trophies. The grip of the sword is four sided and fat. There is a row of gold flowers along the edges and a floral design on the obverse and the reverse. The pommel is a casting of an eagle's head. The knuckleguard is a flat strip of gold metal with floral designs cast on both sides and a medallion with and eagle on the obverse. The knuckleguard terminates in a quillon in the shape of a ram's head. The counterguard features a figure of a man (possibly Hercules?) fighting a lion.
Scabbard: The scabbard bears one mount. On the mount there is an inscription with Ripley's name on it, surrounded by floral designs. The rest of the obverse of the scabbard is covered in engravings of various scenes, like a battle with the cavalry, a large waterfall (Niagara Falls, perhaps?), and an eagle. The reverse features another inscription to Ripley. There are no carrying rings on this scabbard, but there are two long metal hooks, (which presumably serve the same purpose), at the very top of the piece near the throat.
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Object Name
Other Terms
Sword; Edged Weapons; Presentation
date made
ca 1812
Ripley, Eleazar W.
Targee, John
Place Made
United States: New York, New York
presented by
United States: New York
Physical Description
metal (blade material)
metal; brass (hilt material)
metal; gilt (scabbard material)
blade: 30 7/8 in x 1 in; 78.4225 cm x 2.54 cm
scabbard: 32 7/8 in x 1 7/8 in; 83.5025 cm x 4.7625 cm
overall: 36 1/8 in x 4 3/4 in; 91.7575 cm x 12.065 cm
overall, sword: 2 in x 4 5/8 in x 35 5/8 in; 5.08 cm x 11.7475 cm x 90.4875 cm
overall, scabbard: 5/8 in x 1 3/4 in x 32 1/8 in; 1.5875 cm x 4.445 cm x 81.5975 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Edged Weapons
War of 1812
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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