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French Naval Small Sword

French Naval Small Sword

This French naval small sword has a brass hilt and leather grip. The blade is etched with a French anchor emblem and the date “1782”. Although it is a foreign weapon, American sailors would have seen and used such swords. Weapons of all sorts, from cannon to knives, were traded internationally as well as bartered, captured, stolen, purchased, smuggled or otherwise easily obtained.
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Physical Description
leather (grips material)
metal, brass (hilt material)
overall: 4 1/2 in x 30 in; 11.43 cm x 76.2 cm
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Credit Line
Bequest of Charles Bremner Hogg Jackson
Revolution and the New Nation
Expansion and Reform
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Military
On the Water
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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