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Sword, scabbard and belt: George Amore Ide...1861-1901...

Object Name: Naval officer's sword, scabbard and belt
Date: 1860-1885
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Medium: Steel, brass, fish skin, textile; leather, brass
Dimensions: Overall (Without Belt): 37 1/4 × 5 × 3 in. (94.6 × 12.7 × 7.6 cm)
Place made: North America, United States, San Francisco
Description: Sword with slightly curved, single-edged steel blade with three-quarter length fuller and etched designs on obverse and reverse; brass hilt with grip covered in white fish skin and wrapped with twisted brass wire; oval counter-guard with openwork oak leaf and acorn design on obverse with "USN" molded in relief on underside; helmet-shaped pommel with oak leaf and acorn border centering a flower and eagle in oval frame studded with thirteen stars molded on top; dolphin head at end of knuckle-bow joining pommel, and dolphin head finial on quillon; tassel on strip of gold metallic cloth tape attached to knuckle-bow; leather scabbard with brass carrying ring mounts, which are cast in high relief and resemble knotted rope, and tip with molded drag similar to "dolphins" on hilt; leather waist belt with slings clipped to carrying rings, the belt with circular buckle with interlocking eagle medallion and wreath.
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. John Jay Ide
Object Number: 1967.21a-c
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Marks: etched: on obverse of blade below hilt: "A. J. PLATE / & CO. / SAN / FRANCISCO" stamped: on end of leather belt (underneath buckle): "A. J. PLATE & CO. / SAN FRANCISCO" inside oval outline

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According to the accession records, this sword belonged to George Elmore Ide, who served in the U.S. Navy from 1861 to 1901. The donor was apparently his daughter-in-law. Her husband, John Jay Ide (d. 1962), was a great-great grandson of John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the United States.