7TH NEW YORK NATIONAL GUARD MILITIA OFFICER’S PRESENTATION SWORD

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Item Code: 172-2938

Beautifully gold gilded and highly engraved dress sword presented to Colonel L.W. Stevens of the National Guards NYSA by the Officers of the Corps 1831. This sword and scabbard exhibits the finest American workmanship available during the second quarter of the 19th century.

The sword features a helmet head pommel and enclosed carved bone grip panels. The clip-cornered hilt displays a ring of 16, six-pointed stars surrounding the letters “N G” in raised script. Polished steel and etched blade contains an 11” fuller extending 1/3 the length of the blade from the ricasso. Also, both faces of the blade exhibit the etched regimental motto “PRO PATRIA ET GLORIA” along with the designs of grape leaves, clusters and vines beginning at the ricasso and running 2/3 the length of the face. The remaining etching is of a swirl type pattern that extends to the tip of the blade.

Scabbard body is of gold gilded base metal (brass) elaborately engraved on the front face with pattern floral designs, wingspread eagle, along with a shield shaped crest of the New York National Guard and motto within a ribbon device, followed by a clipped cornered cartouche with identification stated above. Remaining 2/3 of the engraving consists of swirls of acanthus leaves extending down to the drag. The opposite side of this scabbard is unadorned. There are no visible manufacturer’s marks located on or near the ricasso of the blade, nor on the scabbard body.

Overall Condition: 85-90% gilded finish present, some abrasion areas to the finish are located on the mid-section of the reverse side of the scabbard and also on the housing - strips of the grip. Some minor surface scratches and chipping to both bone panels on the grip. The blade has very lightly spotted surface pitting the full length. Complete length of sword within the scabbard measures 40”; blade length alone measures 32”.

Linus W. Stevens was the first Colonel of what would become the 7th New York Militia / National Guard. Stevens died in 1863 in Stamford, CT, and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY.

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