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A gilded brass-hilted Artillery Officer sword and scabbard. This sword was taken from Colonel Henry Theodore Titus (1822-1881) during an attack against himself and 18 other proslavery men on August 16, 1856 near Lecompton, Kansas. Sword has straight, single-edged polished steel blade, 28" long. Obverse side of blade has acid-etched floral scroll designs with two flags in center. Reverse side etched in similar floral design and American eagle with inscribed ribbon in his beak. Wooden grip covered with two mother-of-pearl plaques, grooved to hold gilded wire wrapping. Ferrule at base of grip decorated with oak leaf motif. Pommel case in form of closed plumed helmet, facing obverse side. Knuckle-bow decorated with floral designs. Quillon terminates above blade in disc shape.

Date: between 1850 and 1855

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Item Number: 209886
KSHS Identifier: 1883.20.1

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