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Object ID 1944.050.001
Object Name Sword, Presentation
Collection Weapons & Accessories
Credit line Gift of Mrs. Dorsey R. Rodney & Gertrude Brinckle
Date 1886
Made Shannon, Miller & Crane
Makers mark Etched on one side of the blade near the grip: "Shannon, Miller & Crane, New York City, N.Y."
Description Model 1872 Mounted Artillery Officer's presentation saber that was presented to Captain John Rusmey Brinckle (1839-1910). The saber has a steel blade that is etched on one side with martial symbols, scrolling floral motifs, an eagle, and "E Pluribus Unum." The reverse is etched with "J.R. Brinckle, U.S.A." amid scrolling floral motifs and marital symbols. The maker's stamp is etched into a shield-shaped device on one side of the blade near the grip: "Shannon, Miller & Crane, New York City, N.Y." The shagreen grip is wrapped with brass wire and the guard is brass with a reverse P shape.

The scabbard is steel with simple brass fittings and is engraved on one side at the top with: "Presented / to / Capt. J.R. Brinckle U.S.A. / Battery "L" 5th Artillery / Nov 1st 1886."
Dimensions W-0.75 L-35.25 inches
Dimension Details Length of sword; width of blade; scabbard is 33 1/2" long.
Owned John Rumsey Brinckle
Provenance This sword belonged to John Rumsey Brinckle, son of Samuel C. & Julia Rumsey Brinckle. The Brinckle family lived on the Gibraltar estate in Wilmington from circa 1844-1909.
Subjects Arms & armament
Daggers & swords
Search Terms Shannon, Miller & Crane
Presentation Swords
Fifth U.S. Artillery
John Rumsey Brinckle
Nineteenth Century
Material Steel; brass fittings; shagreen grip
Place of Origin New York, NY