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Object ID 2009.010
Object Name Sword, Presentation
Collection Weapons & Accessories
Credit line Gift of Norman & Jeanne Taylor
Date 1863
Made Evans & Hassall
Makers mark marked on base of blade near hilt; case is stamped in gold on the inside of the lid.
Description Civil War presentation sword with scabbard and case that belonged to Henry Clay Robinette.
The sword has an etched blade; foliage motifs and an eagle grasping olive branches and a banner with text: "E Pluribus Unum" on one side; "US" surrounded by foliage motifs (oak leaves & acorns & flowers) on reverse. The blade is marked near the hilt on one side by Evans & Hassell of Philadelphia, and "CL Ruberg, Solingen" on reverse; also "Iron Proof" along the top of the blade. The hilt is brass and decorated with elaborate foliage motifs and an eagle's head with red eyes. The handle of the guard still has the gold metallic tassel attached at the pommel end.

The scabbard is steel with brass embellishments and is engraved: "Corinth / Sept 3rd & 4th / 1862 / Presented to / Lieut. Henry / Clay Robinet [sic] / by the citizens of / Wilmington Del. / As a Tribute to / Worth and Valor / Jan 1st 1863."

The sword has its own black leather-covered wooden case with two brass closures and a central lock (no key); 42 3/8" long x 4 5/8" wide x approx. 1 3/4" high. The interior is lined on the bottom with royal blue velvet and on the inside of the lid with royal blue satin; gold stamp at center: " Evans & Hassell / 418 Arch St. / Philada."
Dimensions H-35.75 W-3.75 L-40 D-2 inches
Dimension Details framed dimensions
Owned Henry Clay Robinette
Used Henry Clay Robinette
Provenance Presented to Civil War soldier, Henry Clay Robinette (1841-1868); descended in the family to Joseph Allen Williams (1880-1939, Robinette's great nephew) and finally willed to DHS by a descendant on Jeanne Taylor's side.
Subjects Arms & armament
Daggers & swords
People Robinette, Henry Clay
Search Terms Swords
Presentation Swords
Henry Clay Robinette
Civil War
Battle of Corinth
Nineteenth Century
Material Steel; Brass
Place of Origin Philadelphia, PA
Event Civil War
Medium OIl on Canvas