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Object ID 1945.023.001
Object Name Sword
Collection Weapons & Accessories
Credit line Gift of Mrs. Winifred H. MacCardell
Year Range from 1861
Year Range to 1865
Made William Clauberg; J. Wilson
Makers mark stamped with "W.Clauberg, Solingen" on one side and "J. Wilson, Phila, PA" on the reverse
Description Model 1860 Staff and Field Officer's sword that belonged to the Reverend Thomas Grier Murphey (1817-1878), Chaplain of the First Delaware Regiment during the Civil War. The sword has a steel blade, the upper 14 1/4" of which is engraved on both sides. On one side is a central image of an eagle flanked by scrolling foliage motifs. This side is also stamped with "W.Clauberg, Solingen" around a central full-length image of an armored knight. On the reverse is a central "U.S." flanked by foliage motifs and an image of crossed flags, below which is "J. Wilson, Phila, PA."

The hilt is gilded and has a dark grey shagreen grip with twisted wire wrap. The guard has raised relief images of an eagle within a laurel wreath flanked on one side by six flags (three on each side) and a central shield motif surrounded by martial symbols and a wreath of oak and laurel leaves on the reverse. The knuckle guard has a central floral motif and the pommel has a flared shape with eagle and shield motifs around the outside. The scabbard is steel with three gilded rings attached to two gilded collars with raised repeating floral designs. The drag is gilded with a relief design of four crossed flags on one side and a single five-pointed star on the reverse. The quillion has a tiny lion's lead motif at the end.
Dimensions W-0.375 L-35.25 inches
Dimension Details Overall length of sword; width of blade; scabbard is 31 1/4" long x 3/4" wide.
Owned Reverend Thomas G. Murphey
Provenance The Reverend Thomas Grier Murphey was the donor's grandfather.
Subjects Arms & armament
Daggers & swords
Search Terms Swords
Thomas Murphey
The Reverend Thomas Murphey
First Delaware Regiment
Civil War
Material Steel; shagreen grip
Place of Origin Philadelphia, PA; Solingen, Germany
Event Civil War