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Accession Number: 1920.31.3.1

Physical Description: 30 7/8" long, straight, double-edge blade made by Collins & Company for Tiffany & Company. Obverse side of blade etched with foliate scrolls, military trophies, and a medieval knight, all on a frosted gold background. Reverse side etched with foliate scrolls, the letters "US" and a soldier in Zouave uniform, all on a frosted gold background. All of the hilt's components are cast silver. The grip consists of a cannon barrel on a base of four balls. A garland of laurel leaves and spirals around barrel. An eagle surmounts a ball pommel and holds in its beak a ribbon which entwines the upper portion of the knuckle-guard. The counterguard is exaggerated on the obverse side in the form of an American shield superimposed over draped flags. The slender, C-scrolled knuckle guard flared slightly towards its middle where a medallion bearing a portrait of Medusa is mounted. The entire hilt is gilded with the exception of the cannon barrel portion of the grip and the medallion on the knuckle guard.

History of Object: Presented to Major General James G. Blunt by Merritt H. Insley and Alexander McDonald, two of Blunt's wartime associates. Blunt was the first Kansan to achieve the rank of major general during the Civil War.

Date: Between 1863 and 1865

Dimensions (in cm): L: 38"; W: 4 1/2"; D: 3 3/8"

Marks/Inscriptions: [stamped into reverse side of ricasso] COLLINS & Co / HARTFORD / CONN. // [etched into reverse side of ricasso] TIFFANY / & Co / NEW. YORK. // [engraved into top of grip] FROM / I. & Mc. / to / MAJ. GEN. J.G.B. // [stamped on reverse side of counterguard on blade side] 524 / 25 //

Index Terms

Associations and Subjects

    Origin, Place of: Hartford (Conn.)
    Origin, Place of: New York (N.Y.)
    Individual: Blunt, James G. (James Gillpatrick), 1826-1881
    Event: Civil War, 1861-1865
    Individual: Insley, Merritt H.
    Individual: McDonald, Andrew

Creators and Contributors

    Collins & Company
    Tiffany & Company

Status: Cataloged

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