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Object ID 1910.001
Object Name Sword
Collection Weapons & Accessories
Credit line Gift of John P. Gillis, Jr.
Date circa 1840
Description Officer's sword with a steel blade that has a 15 3/4" long area of bluing at the upper end near the hilt on both sides. This section contains engraved brass floral motifs, martial symbols, and an eagle with "E Pluribus Unum" in a banner above its head and a banner below with text, "Warranted." The guard and pommel are brass and the grip is bone carved with cross hatching on one side and diagonal lines on the other. The guard has a relief image of weapons and crossed flags and a small eagle's head at the tip. There is a 1/2" wide brass collar engraved with leaves and berries between the bone grip and the guard. The pommel is curved with a button-like, flat end. The scabbard is leather with two rings and hand-engraved brass fittings.
Dimensions W-1 L-37 inches
Dimension Details Overall length of sword; width of blade; scabbard is 31 1/2" long x 1 1/2" wide.
Owned Commodore John P. Gillis
Provenance According to the donor, this sword belonged to his father, Commodore John P. Gillis (1803-1873).
Subjects Arms & armament
Daggers & swords
People Gillis, Commodore John P.
Search Terms Swords
John P. Gilles
John Gillis
Commodore John P. Gillis
Nineteenth Century
Naval Swords
Material Steel; brass; bone grip; leather scabbard