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Object Name SWORD
Catalog Number 0985.08.00001a
Date ca. 1862
Description Confederate Presentation Sword: straight, double-edged blade etched with floral sprays and the motto "Ense et Virtute per aspera ad alta"; gilded brass hilt formed of intertwined representations of hemp stalk, tobacco, grapes and cotton, shield device engraved with the Missouri coat of arms; pommel cast to represent the Louisiana coat of arms of a pelican feeding her young; ivory grip carved to represent an ear of corn. With scabbard (.1a) and presentation case (.1b).
Dimensions W-6 L-38 inches
Owned Sterling Price
Made Thomas, Griswold and Company, New Orleans, Louisiana, CSA
Provenance This presentation sword was given to Maj. Gen. Sterling Price by the women of New Orleans in 1862 shortly after the Battle of Lexington, Missouri. It features symbols of Missouri and Louisiana. At the time of its manufacture, it was reputed to be finest Confederate sword in existence and cost approximately $1,000. The sum was raised by public subscription not exceeding $1 each.
People Price, Sterling
unidentified women of New Orleans, Louisiana
Search Terms First Battle of Lexington
Subjects women
civilians
gifts
prices
edged weapon