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Swords Used by the Officers
Authentic Artifacts from the Revolutionary War Era thru About 1840
Gorgeous Ames Made Sword Owned by The Governor of Rhode Island!
Item #: L4751
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This is a beautifully made high grade officers sword manufactured before the Civil War. This is the style of sword that has the Knights head style pommel cap at the top of the sword, which is how they get their nickname of a "Knight's Head" militia sword. The handle of the sword is constructed of the beautifully designed silver grip. The cross guard of the sword is heavily gilded brass. In the center of the langet it has the beautifully engraved image of the great seal for the state of Rhode Island. The great seal depicts the anchor with the word "HOPE" above. This sword has the trio of original brass gilded chains running from the pommel to the cross guard. The blade is full-length at 29 inches and you can still see the majority of the original etching on each side. On each side of the blade it has the beautiful Union style droop wing Eagle with the banner and "E PLURIBUS UNUM" motto in the banner. At the base of the back of the blade it has the maker's Mark from the most famous of all sword makers of the time, N.P. Ames Cutler Springfield. The blade has some very light salt-and-pepper pitting as you can see in the images but still displays quite beautifully. The sword is accompanied by the original, all brass gold gilded scabbard. The scabbard has the profuse engraving on the front side, including floral and geometric patterns and between the mounts it has the Union style Eagle design. On the reverse of the scabbard it has the scroll style maker's Mark of the Springfield, Massachusetts firm of Nathan P. Ames. What makes this sword really stand out from others are the names that are engraved between the 2 mounts. The 1st one is dated 1842 and is that of "Wm. C. Gibbs." This is the 1st owner of the sword, William Channing Gibbs. Gibbs served the state of Rhode Island rising to the rank of Major General and also served 3 terms as governor for the state of Rhode Island from 1821 until 1824. The other names engraved on the sword are that of descendents of Governor Gibbs, who must have inherited the swords. The 2nd name engraved is that of Eugene Beauharnais Gibbs who served during the American Civil War with the 2nd California Infantry. The date beside his name is 1871, which is also the year that his father Governor Gibbs died. This is a gorgeous sword with a solid addition of location to one of the early prominent families of Newport, Rhode Island. It isn't often you get the opportunity to own a sword that belonged to a governor and this one is a beauty!

Shipping Weight: 15 lbs
Price Was: $4950 Sale Price: $4,250.00 USD

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