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Object Name: Sword and scabbard
Date: ca. 1813
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Medium: Steel, brass, ivory, gilding; leather, brass, gilding
Dimensions: Overall: 33 1/2 x 4 1/8 x 3/4 in. ( 85.1 x 10.5 x 1.9 cm )
Place made: Europe, England, London
Description: Presentation sword with straight, evenly tapered, double-edged blade with etched designs on obverse and reverse; blade is diamond-shaped in cross section; gilded brass stirrup hilt with a shield-shaped langet molded with a fouled anchor surmounted by a crown on either side, and curved quillon with ball finial; ivory grip with carved grooves wrapped with wire; pommel in the form of a reclining lion, with ring attached at juncture with knuckle-bow and backstrap with engraved inscription; leather scabbard with gilded brass mounts consisting of throat with one carrying ring, middle band with one carrying ring, and tip with rudimentary drag; inscription engraved on obverse of throat.
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. James Lawrence Pool and Mr. Beekman H. Pool
Object Number: 1949.130ab
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Marks: Engraved on throat of scabbard (reverse side): "Odell / 72 / Burlington Arcade / Piccadilly / from Bond St."; engraved on throat of scabbard (obverse side): "To P. W. P. Wallis / for his conduct in action / with the Chesapeake / June 1st, 1813"; engraved on backstrap of hilt: "Presented by Sir Philip Broke, Bart., / Captain of H. M. Ship Shannon"

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This sword was presented by Captain Philip Broke of HMS "Shannon" to 2nd Lieutenant Provo William Parry Wallis (1791-1892) following their June 1, 1813, victory against the U.S. frigate "Chesapeake." In a battle lasting less than fifteen minutes, Captain Broke was wounded and the 1st lieutenant, George T. L. Watt, was killed, making it necessary for Wallis to take command.