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Sword w/ scabbard

Object Name: Sword and scabbard
Date: 1890-1920
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Medium: Steel, other metal, bone, paint, gilding; steel, other metal
Dimensions: Overall: 36 3/8 x 5 3/8 x 1 1/8 in. ( 92.4 x 13.7 x 2.9 cm )
Place made: North America, United States, Columbus
Description: Sword with straight, double-edged steel blade with etched knights in armor and cross emblems with light gilding on obverse and similar designs on reverse, the obverse also with inscription, "J. G. Harbord"; blade is diamond-shaped in cross section; metal parts of hilt are silver-painted; oval shield at center of quillons on obverse side with inscription, "IN HOC SIGNO VINCES," and cross and crown in relief; ends of quillons with openwork design with croix formée in circular frame; bone grip painted with monogram, "JGH," below a crown and between branches of oak and laurel on obverse, and cross and triangle on reverse; pommel in the form of a conventionalized helmet with chain extending from visor to end of quillons below; matte-surfaced steel scabbard with decorative, silver-painted metal mounts; upper band, which is decorated with a molded cross within a shield-shaped outline, has two carrying rings; middle band, which is decorated with initials "KT," has a single carrying ring; tip has a molded croix formée and interlace design on obverse side and drag surrounded on both sides with scrolling leaves.
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. James G. Harbord
Object Number: 1948.590ab
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Marks: etched: on obverse of blade: "J. G. Harbord" and "MEMENTO / MORI" (above and below a skull and bones) painted: on obverse of grip: "JGH" impressed: on oval border of shield at center of quillons on obverse side: "IN HOC SIGNO / VINCES" etched: on reverse of blade: "THE / MCLILLEY / & CO / COLUMBUS / OHIO" in relief: on middle band of scabbard (obverse side): "KT"

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This sword of the Knights Templar belonged to General James Guthrie Harbord (1866-1947), U.S. Army.