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Object ID 1894.002.002
Object Name Sword, Presentation
Collection Weapons & Accessories
Credit line Gift of Arthur H. Grimshaw
Year Range from 1864
Year Range to 1865
Made William Clauberg
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."
Description 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.
Subjects Arms & armament
Daggers & swords
Medical personnel
People Grimshaw, Colonel A.H.
Search Terms Arthur Grimshaw
Arthur H. Grimshaw
Presentation Swords
Civil War
Nineteenth Century
Fourth Delaware Regiment
William Clauberg
Material Steel; brass; silver, gold, mother of pearl, & amethyst embellishments
Place of Origin Solingen, Germany
Event Civil War