|Object Name||Sword, Presentation|
|Collection||Weapons & Accessories|
|Credit line||Gift of Mrs. J. Ernest Smith|
|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 ."|
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."
|Dimension Details||length in scabbard: 36 in. long|
|Owned||Commodore John P. Gillis|
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.
Arms & armament
Daggers & swords
Gillis, Commodore John P.
John P. Gillis
Commodore John P. Gillis
Collins & Co.
U. S. Navy
Schuyler, Hartley, & Graham
|Material||Steel; brass; silver; gilding|
|Place of Origin||Hartford, CT; New York, NY|