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Object ID 1876.001.001
Object Name Rapier
Collection Weapons & Accessories
Credit line Gift of Dr. & Mrs. Allen Thompson
Date circa 1775
Made John Stow
Makers mark The silver knuckle guard is stamped with "JS" in a small rectangle at the base of the decorative twist on one side.
Description Colichemarde sword that originally belonged to Captain William Robeson (1743-1815) of Newport, DE. The sword has a steel blade that is thicker at the hilt end and then tapers sharply toward the tip. The upper 7" of the blade are engraved on both sides with arabesque designs. The hilt is silver with a small guard that consists of two 2 3/8" wide silver ovals, both of which are engraved. One is engraved with "Liberty & Property" and the other with "WR Sep. 1 1775." The silver knuckle guard is delicate with a twisted center and is stamped with "JS" in a small rectangle at the base of the decorative twist on one side. The sword has a small, delicate quillion with a shell motif. The wooden grip is wrapped with a combination of alternating bands of 1/16" thick plain silver wire and braided silver wire. The round silver pommel is decorated with incised, slightly wavy vertical lines.

Dimensions W-1.25 L-39.25 inches
Dimension Details Overall length of sword; width at the widest point of the blade, which tapers sharply.
Owned William Robeson
Provenance This sword originally belonged to William Robeson (1743-1815), a shopkeeper and landowner from Newport, Delaware. Robeson was a captain in Colonel Thomas Duff's Whig Battalion of the New Castle County Militia. The sword passed to Robeson's daughter Jane and her husband, Dr. Allan Thomson, who then donated it to the Delaware Historical Society during the 1876 Centennial Celebrations.
Subjects Silver
Arms & armament
Daggers & swords
Search Terms Swords
John Stow
William Robeson
American Revolution
Revolutionary War
1876 Centennial Exposition
Eighteenth Century
New Castle County
Material Steel; silver hilt
Place of Origin Wilmington, DE
Event American Revolution