127

Id'd Revolutionary War Silver Hilted Sword,

circa 1774. A fine officer's hanger, with coin silver mounts bearing the hallmarks of the London goldsmith John Fayle. Fayle maintained a wholesale business on Wilderness Lane, "near Sergeant's Inn" at the "sign of the Hat and Crossed Daggers." This is reflected in the presence of a well executed dagger below a pierced heart, worked into the knucklebow of this sword. The pommel a "grotesque" style eagle, the handle of carved roped ivory dyed olive green with silver wrapping, the flattened quillon shaped into a shell form. The blade 27" in length, with a Solingen crown over the letter "W" for Peter Weyersberg of Pilhausen. With its original leather scabbard. This sword was acquired from the descendants of General John Hathorn (1749-1825). Hathorn, a Warwick, New York resident was appointed Colonel of the 4th Orange County Regiment in 1776 upon the mustering of the Colonial militia. He was a principle in t the disastrous Battle of Minisink, New York on July 22, 1779, where American forces met those led by the Mohawk Joseph Brant. In this conflict, the Americans lost some 41 men, with Hathorn suffering unfairly from criticism for the loss. After the war he served in both the New York State Senate and as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. His home still stands today, and at least a portion of his correspondence survives in the Draper papers at the Wisconsin Historical Society. This sword is illustrated and described in Mowbray's "The American Eagle Pommel Sword" 1997:46. EX. Keith Barker Collection; EX. Elmer Grimm Collection. Included with the sword is biographical information about Hathorn from the Warrick County Library as well as a transcription of both his and Joseph Brant's accounts of the Battle of Minisink. A fine, seldom encountered sword with great history.

Condition:Sword fine overall, with the grip exhibiting several tight age cracks and several minor old and worn chips. Scabbard leather pliable, but missing frog stud mount at top.

Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$4,888
11/20/2002

 

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