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Object ID 1939.008
Object Name Sword, Presentation
Collection Weapons & Accessories
Credit line Bequest of Dr. Martin W. Barr
Date 1861
Made William Horstmann & Sons
Description Model 1850 presentation Foot Officer's sword and scabbard presented to Captain Joseph M. Barr. The sword has a steel blade that is etched on both sides with scrolling foliage motifs, martial symbols and text: "U.S." and "E Pluribus Unum." One side of the blade is etched with the maker's name: "W.H. Horstmann & Sons, Philadelphia." The top of the blade is also etched with "Iron Proof." The gray shagreen grip is wrapped with brass wire and the guard is bronze with foliage motifs. Just below the pommel is a cast design of oak leaves and acorns.

The scabbard is gray shagreen with a 6 1/2" long copper drag and copper fittings and rings. The upper fitting is engraved on one side: "Presented to / Capt. Jos. M. Barr / of Wilmington, Del. / by his friends / Nov 16th 1861."
Dimensions W-1 L-37 inches
Dimension Details Length of sword; width of blade; scabbard is 31 3/4" x 1 1/4"
Owned Captain Joseph M. Barr
Provenance Joseph Barr of Wilmington (the donor's father), was in Company K of the Second Delaware Regiment during the Civil War.
Subjects Arms & armament
Daggers & swords
People Barr, Joseph M.
Search Terms William Horstmann & Sons
Second Delaware Regiment
Civil War
Presentation Swords
Joseph Barr
Joseph M. Barr
Nineteenth Century
Material Steel; copper; bronze; shagreen
Place of Origin Philadelphia, PA / Solingen, Germany
Event Civil War