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Officer's sword

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This large sword has an eagle-head handle. The silver scabbard is engraved with a Greek fret border, overlapping eagle feathers at the end, and two passages of bundled lightning bolts between oak leaves. Two applied bands of holly leaves hold silver rings from which to hang the sword. The...

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Inscribed "Liberty and Independence" on one side of blade and " E PLURIBUS UNUM "/ " 1783 " on the other


"T [pellet] & A [pellet] E [pellet] WARNER" within rectangle struck on underside of cross guard, and with an eagle's head mark in a rectangle


Probably made for Peter Van Deventer (1755 – 1837) or his son Christopher (1788 – 1838); by descent in the family; purchased from Firestone and Parson, Boston, in 1973.

Credit Line

William N. Banks Foundation

about 1805–12

Object Place

Baltimore, Maryland, United States


Overall: 99.1 x 2 x 14 cm, 1.83 kg (39 x 13/16 x 5 1/2 in., 4.03 lb.)

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Medium or Technique

Silver, ivory, steel