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Sword

Object Name: Hunting sword
Date: 1770-1800
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Medium: Steel, brass, horn
Dimensions: Overall: 28 3/8 x 3 1/2 x 1 1/4 in. ( 72.1 x 8.9 x 3.2 cm )
Description: Sword with straight, single-edged steel blade with two fullers, one broad and one narrow, both of which begin 4 1/2 inches below hilt, and etched designs and inscriptions on obverse and reverse; grip made of section of antler horn with natural color and texture; brass cross quillons, with one end curved upward toward grip and one end straight with globular finial; oval brass pommel with domed top engraved and embossed with animal figures.
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. Sydney H. Carney Jr.
Object Number: 1932.124
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Marks: etched: on obverse and reverse of blade near hilt: "Honi / Soit qui / Mal y / Pen[?]se" inside oval frame

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According to the accession records, this sword was brought up by a dredging machine from the bottom of New York harbor [most likely in the second half of the 19th century] and given by a Captain Grant to his grandson Alexander Y. Pringle, who in turn gave the sword to the donor. Somewhat similar swords are described and pictured in Smithsonian Institution Bulletin No. 163 (plate 33, figs. 1 to 3).