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Thread: Sword Attributed To General and President Franklin Pierce

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    Sword Attributed To General and President Franklin Pierce

    In rummaging through misplaced bookmarks, I had flagged this sword listed at Horse Soldier. Now on Hold, so I figure we can at least discuss its attributes. I am attaching just a couple of images but have archived them all.
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    https://www.horsesoldier.com/product...-weapons/33592

    I don't know that we have much more provenance that we could expect for but if this was the sword of Pierce while a brigadier general during the Mexican War, we are looking at a sword from the 1840s. As such, it kind of returns back to a few attributes we often discuss. If contemporary to his military service, it seems a sword bought by, or for him.

    Old new stock? Or, what I have come to categorize eagle head pommel swords of the 1830s-1840s? When we look further at the blade etching and gilt, we have a somewhat typical indian and federal theme. A note to Simon, of a particular theme, the frog leg eagle. From the grip to the ferrule, I see somewhat later work and the knuckle guard somewhat timeless but to me seems as retro, or might I say baroque. A more romantic period of American stylings after the earlier war.

    Does this help date other swords with mixed panel decoration on sword blades? Do we look further at all attributes? I try to read the latter but while realizing some particulars did last decades. Can we put that blade (by itself) as 1820s work?

    Cheers
    GC
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    Last edited by Glen C.; 03-31-2021 at 06:27 AM.

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    WOW $9500.00 on hold lol for you ? good for you !!! bill

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    Not me.

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    The provenance is rather shaky, but not impossible. The sword could have been Franklin Pierce's, or one of his brothers, who were both career officers. We may never know.

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