SCARCE SILVER-HILTED AMERICAN SPADROON - WARD & BARTHOLOMEW HARTFORD CT c1804-09 For Sale
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SCARCE SILVER-HILTED AMERICAN SPADROON - WARD & BARTHOLOMEW HARTFORD CT c1804-09:
SCARCE SILVER-HILTED AMERICAN SPADROON - WARD & BARTHOLOMEW HARTFORD CT c.1804-09 Straight 32 inch blade with broad, full-length fuller; 16 inch blued and gilt panel decorated with panoplies and florals, one side featuring a Federal eagle, the reverse with the figures of Lady Liberty and a native American brave above a riband inscribed W&B/Hartford. Silver stirrup hilt comprising slotted guard with down curving button quillon and five ball knucklebone fitted with a ring below the pillow pommel; pommel marked on one side W&B. Reeded bone grip.Condition: Blade with dark patina showing considerable patches of rust patination. Retains its cloth washer.Guard showing some deformation and missing the outer branch. Grip with 2 1/2" x 1/4" sliver missing from underside. Top of pommel fitted with a thin copper washer. (Please see photos)
Note: James Ward and Roswell Bartholomew, silversmiths and dealers in military goods, Hartford, CT 1804-09. See pages 316 and 329, American Swords and Sword Makers, Richard H. Bezdek. For similar pillow pommel spadroons by Ward & Bartholomew, see pages 279, 280 and 281 of Silver Mounted Swords, The Lattimer Family Collection by Daniel D. Hartzler.
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