Silver Hilted Pillow Pommel Infantry Officers Sword Identified

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This interesting sword has a straight single edged tapered blade with single fuller and a 7" false edge. Left side of ricasso stamped with an American eagle above "N. STARR". The hilt is most likely by Ward and Bartholomew. For a very similar example see plate 172 on page 189 of "American Silver-Hilted, Revolutionary and Early Federal Swords" by Daniel D. Hartzler.

Milo Burr was from Connecticut, where Ward and Bartholomew worked. The silver reverse 'P' hilt has two piercings on the guard and a flattened five ball knuckle bow. The pillow pommel is well-formed and has a mushroom-shaped capstan. The grip is of reeded ivory and has a silver ferrule at the base. The original Moroccan leather washer is still in place at the top of the blade. Complete with its original brown leather scabbard with silver mounts. A yellowed label on the scabbard reads "Sword of Milo Burr / in General Training, year of 1828." Records indicate that Milo Burr was born in 1797 and died in 1872 in Torrington, Litchfield, Connecticut.

Very good "as found" condition. Blade retains almost all of its original polish and has a clear maker's stamp. A few scattered spots of darker patina. Hilt retains a dark unpolished patina and grip retains a nice honey patina, minor chip on underside, near where knuckle bow meets the pommel. Scabbard very good with some minor scuffing and some losses to edges of label. Mounts are unpolished. A very attractive identified silver hilted American officer's sword.

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