|Object Name||Sword, Presentation|
|Collection||Weapons & Accessories|
|Credit line||Gift of Mr. Benjamin Nields, Jr.|
|Makers mark||One side of the blade is stamped with "C.R. Kirschbaum / Solingen" with a knight's head.|
Presentation sword and scabbard presented to Captain Benjamin Nields (1831-1917) of the First Delaware Battery. The steel blade is engraved on one side with and eagle and shield motif and "E Pluribus Unum." "U.S." is engraved on the reverse. One side of the blade is stamped with "C.R. Kirschbaum / Solingen." The sword has a carved ivory grip with a cannon and oak and acorn wreath motif. The guard is gold plated and has cast oak leaf and acorn motifs and martial images. The tip of the pommel has a flower design with an amethyst stone center.
The silver-plated scabbard has elaborate gilded fittings and is engraved: "Presented to / Capt. Ben J. Nields / by the members of the First Delaware Battery / as a token of esteem."
|Dimensions||W-1 L-39.5 inches|
|Dimension Details||Overall length of sword; width of blade; scabbard is 34" long x 1 1/4" wide|
|Provenance||Benjamin Nields, Sr. (the donor's father) was a Wilmington lawyer who served in the Civil War from 1861-1865. In 1862, he was responsible for organizing a company of artillery known as Nields' Battery, which served through the war. He served as Captain and later Lieutenant Colonel of the battery. Towards the end of the war he served as Chief of Artillery and Ordnance on the staff of General Joseph J. Reynolds. He was honorably discharged in June 1865. After the war, he returned to the practice of law in Wilmington.|
Arms & armament
Daggers & swords
First Delaware Battery
|Material||Steel blade; ivory handle with amethyst; gilded silver scabbard|
|Place of Origin||Solingen, Germany|