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Object Name SWORD
Catalog Number 0985.03.00020
Description Presentation grade silver U. S. Naval Officer's Eagle-head Sword: slightly curved, quill back, single-edged blade heavily etched with floral sprays, trident, American eagle, mast with crows nest and sails, anchor and "United States Navy"; silvered half-basket hilt (95% of silver gone) with American eagle over fouled anchor and multiple branches flowing into knuckle bow pierced for sword know near pommel; folding counter-guard and acorn quillon; large eagle-head pommel and engraved grip cast as single piece. Leather scabbard (.20a) with silver mounts; top mount engraved: "The State of Georgia to Commodore Josiah Tattnall U.S.N. as a tribute to his gallantry in the Mexican War"; upper mount cast with Georgia state seal, reverse engraved: "Manufactured for Clark Racket & Co. by Baldwin & Co."; center mount engraved with steam and sailing ships, drag engraved with American eagle clutching shield and navy military trophies, drag terminates in cast acorn and floral sprays; suspension "rings" formed of cast dolphins with intertwined tails. Mahogany case (.20b) with green and off-white burlap and red velvet lining.
Dimensions L-35 inches
Owned Josiah Tattnall
Owner Regiment Commander - South Carolina & Georgia Naval Defenses
Commander - Virginia Defenses and CSS Virginia
Commander, Georgia Naval Defenses
Commander, Savannah Station, Georgia
Made Baldwin and Company (manufacturer) ; Clarke, Rachet and Company (retailer)
Event Mexican War / Mexican-American War
Provenance The State of Georgia presented this presentation sword and scabbard in case to Capt. Josiah Tattnall for gallantry during the Mexican War. He used them during the Civil War.
People Tattnall, Josiah R. F.
Search Terms Battle of Hampton Roads
Confederate States Navy
Mexican War (Mexican-American War)
United States Navy
Confederate States Navy
Subjects navies
edged weapon