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Sword w/scabbard

Object Name: Sword and scabbard
Date: 1865-1890
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Medium: Steel, brass, paint; steel, brass
Dimensions: Overall: 34 1/2 x 4 3/8 x 2 1/2 in. ( 87.6 x 11.1 x 6.4 cm )
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Description: Dress sword with straight, double-edged steel blade with etched designs on obverse and reverse; blade is diamond-shaped in cross section; brass hilt cast in three pieces; oval counter-guard on obverse side with crossed arms, an anchor, and the intertwined initials "GAR" molded in relief, cast in one piece with quillon and knuckle-bow; black painted grip wrapped with wire; pommel in the shape of a section of an inverted cone with an eagle molded on obverse side and a plain shield on the reverse; steel scabbard with brass mounts consisting of insert at throat, upper band with two carrying rings, middle band with one carrying ring, and symmetrical drag with crossed flags molded on obverse side and a single star on the reverse.
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. C. Schultz
Object Number: 1963.153ab
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Marks: etched: on obverse of blade below hilt: "Shannon / Miller and Crane / New York" etched: on obverse of blade, at center: "G. A. R."

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This sword is referred to in the accession records as "a Grand Army of the Republic dress sword." The donor believed that it was used by William M. Abbott, a "general in the Southern War."