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Object ID 1958.010
Object Name Sword, Presentation
Collection Weapons & Accessories
Credit line Gift of Mrs. J. Ernest Smith
Date 1862
Made Collins & Co., Maker / Schuyler, Hartley, & Graham, Retailer
Makers mark Mark stamped in the ricasso: "Collins & Co. / Hartford / Conn. / 1862." Also engraved at the top of the blade: "Schuyler / Hartley / & Graham / New York ."
Description Presentation sword and scabbard presented to Commodore John P. Gillis: The sword has a silver-plated grip wrapped with gold wire with the names of the battles engraved between the wire wrappings. On one side: "Hatteras / Port-Royal / Fernandino / Skidaway / Sewell's Point / Batteries. "On the reverse is engraved: "Action / with / three forts / near Evansport / Potomac River / 15th Oct. 1861." The blade is engraved with scrolling floral motifs and a large "USN" on one side and an image of a soldier on the reverse. The scabbard is engraved with "Presented to / Commander John P. Gillis / U.S.N. / by his friends in & around / Wilmington, Del."
Dimensions L-34.5 inches
Dimension Details length in scabbard: 36 in. long
Owned Commodore John P. Gillis
Provenance John P. Gillis (1803-1873) of Wilmington served in the U.S. Navy from 1825 to 1864, rising to the rank of Commodore. During the war, he relieved the garrison at Fort Sumter after its bombardment, saw action at Hatteras Inlet and Port Royal Sound, and captured blockade runners off Mobile Bay. The Society has a large collection of papers from his entire naval career.
Subjects Arms & armament
Daggers & swords
People Gillis, Commodore John P.
Search Terms Swords
Presentation Swords
John P. Gillis
Commodore John P. Gillis
Collins & Co.
U. S. Navy
Schuyler, Hartley, & Graham
Civil War
Nineteenth Century
John Gillis
Material Steel; brass; silver; gilding
Place of Origin Hartford, CT; New York, NY
Event Civil War