|Object Name||Sword, Presentation|
|Collection||Weapons & Accessories|
|Credit line||Gift of Arthur H. Grimshaw|
|Year Range from||1864|
|Year Range to||1865|
|Makers mark||The blade is stamped: "W. Clauberg / Solingen" around a central figure of a knight on one side. The upper edge is engraved with "Iron Proof."|
Very ornate model 1850 staff and field officer's presentation sword and scabbard originally presented to Colonel Arthur Harper Grimshaw (1824-1891) of the 4th Delaware Regiment. The sword has a 33" long steel blade with brass high-lights that is engraved with elaborate designs on both sides. On one side is a central image of a battle scene in which two officers on horseback command ground troops. This scene is flanked by scrolling foliage motifs, martial symbols, and banner text: "E Pluribus Unum" and "Libertae" [sic]. The reverse side has a central eagle motif with banner text: "E Pluribus Unum" and script text "U.S." surrounded by scrolling foliage motifs and martial symbols. The blade is stamped with: "W. Clauberg / Solingen" around a central figure of a knight on one side. The upper edge is engraved with "Iron Proof" and 20 3/8" of is are brass engraved with leaf motifs.
The brass hilt is elaborately cast with scrolling foliage motifs and has as brass eagle pommel with a head of Liberty in a Phrygian cap beneath it. The center of the guard is set with a 3/4" x 1/2" oval faceted amethyst stone. The grip is mother of pearl in a fish scale pattern with a tiny gold star at the center of each scale. There are also two 5 1/6" wide silver bands engraved with chevron patterns that run vertically up the grip. The scabbard is brass with a 2 1/2" x 1 1/4" oval engraved silver plate: "We conquer and forgive / Presented to Col. A.H. Grimshaw by the Non- / Commissioned officers and Privates of the / 4th De. Vols. as a token of respect for his / worth as a man and his talent as an officer." This engraved plaque is flanked by high-relief images of an eagle and wreath and an image of the Archangel Michael casting down Satan. On the reverse is a finely engraved Delaware state seal below the lower ring.
|Dimensions||W-1 L-40.25 inches|
|Dimension Details||Overall length of sword; width of blade; scabbard is 34 3/4" long x 1 1/4" wide.|
|Owned||Colonel Arthur H. Grimshaw|
|Provenance||Gift from the estate of the original owner, Arthur H. Grimshaw (1824-1891), the youngest son of William and Harriet Elizabeth Milligan Grimshaw. Arthur Grimshaw moved to Wilmington from Philadelphia in 1849 and had a successful medical practice in addition to being very active in various civic affairs.|
Arms & armament
Daggers & swords
Grimshaw, Colonel A.H.
Arthur H. Grimshaw
Fourth Delaware Regiment
|Material||Steel; brass; silver, gold, mother of pearl, & amethyst embellishments|
|Place of Origin||Solingen, Germany|