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Object ID 1930.023.002
Object Name Sword, Presentation
Collection Weapons & Accessories
Credit line Gift of Mr. Benjamin Nields, Jr.
Date circa 1865
Made Kirschbaum
Makers mark One side of the blade is stamped with "C.R. Kirschbaum / Solingen" with a knight's head.
Description 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
Owned Benjamin Nields
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.
Subjects Commemoration
Arms & armament
Daggers & swords
People Nields, Benjamin
Search Terms Benjamin Nields
First Delaware Battery
Presentation Swords
Civil War
Nineteenth Century
Material Steel blade; ivory handle with amethyst; gilded silver scabbard
Place of Origin Solingen, Germany
Event Civil War