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Old 29th October 2017, 12:35 AM   #1
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Default George Washington's Swords.

As an opener on this interesting subject I refer readers firstly to a video presentation of several of his weapons;

Please see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiClfS5MfI0
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In what is developing as a great Library event I have traced the book on his swords described below by Stuart C Mobray and associates ~see https://shops.mountvernon.org/produ...washingto-24577

By Erik Goldstein, Stuart C. Mowbray, and Brian Hendelson. ISBN: 978-1-931464-71-0. Copyright 2016. Hardcover with 112 oversized glossy pages including dictionary, selected bibliography, and scores of color and black and white images.

For the first time, every one of Washington's known swords is presented in brilliant color with the story of each weapon told in vivid detail from the colonial era to the present day. 268 photographs, works of art and historical images provide a rare and intimate portrait of these powerful symbols of early American leadership.
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Old 1st November 2017, 07:24 AM   #3
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Wow, Ibrahiim, this is really great stuff! I have seen the smallswords, but never realized Washington had a few hangers as well! The hunting sword with the serrated edge is particularly interesting as I know the first president owned a farm, but I wasn't sure if he actually hunted. Haven't checked out those videos yet, wanted to remark on the swords pictured. Thanks again for posting this!
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Salaams and Thank you M ELEY... I felt that this was an excellent way to learn about his weapon collection and since we are discussing Small Swords, Colichemardes and all ..it was a great chance to view such a collection. My favourite is the Fishkill Sword....below. (Also shown above with details.) Exhibited at the Smithsonian.
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Excellent Ibrahiim!!!! and thank you for these brilliant excerpts!
I recently got this book on George Washington's swords, and indeed it is most important to see the scope of sword types he owned. It is always the case that officers will typically have a range of swords suitable for various occasions. There were 'hunting' swords (hangers); dress or 'walking' swords; court swords for diplomatic occasions as well as fancy dress swords for 'parade'.
Often officers also had heavier less embellished swords often termed 'undress' as well as favorite sword forms termed 'fighting swords' for use on campaign.
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cool video, GW had a number of colichimarde smallswords.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZrYYCce3EY

he was carrying one when he was inaugurated as president, i saw a photo of him wearing one in his continental uniform just recently.
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Hello fellow collectors ,

You may also research some of the great (Francis Bannerman) offerings of early famous American weapons `"BANNERMAN CATALOGUE OF MILITARY GOODS" Those catalogs are priceless reference books today with some the original early American side arms of famous Americans :-)



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Excellent Ibrahiim!!!! and thank you for these brilliant excerpts!
I recently got this book on George Washington's swords, and indeed it is most important to see the scope of sword types he owned. It is always the case that officers will typically have a range of swords suitable for various occasions. There were 'hunting' swords (hangers); dress or 'walking' swords; court swords for diplomatic occasions as well as fancy dress swords for 'parade'.
Often officers also had heavier less embellished swords often termed 'undress' as well as favorite sword forms termed 'fighting swords' for use on campaign.
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cool video, GW had a number of colichimarde smallswords.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZrYYCce3EY

he was carrying one when he was inaugurated as president, i saw a photo of him wearing one in his continental uniform just recently.

There is a journal about somewhere describing Washington traveling to NYC for the inauguration. He arrived in plain clothes and was fitted out with fresh attire for the ceremonies. The sword he wore for that, presented to him for the occasion and quite possibly not something he traveled home with. The Bailey sword perhaps the most known sword associated with the revolution but the other hanger referenced as his sword from the previous war, as a militia officer.

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Another occasion when George Washington wore a famous sword..

In January 1791, President George Washington's Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton proposed a seemingly innocuous excise tax "upon spirits distilled within the United States, and for appropriating the same."1 What Congress failed to predict was the vehement rejection of this tax by Americans living on the frontier of Western Pennsylvania. By 1794, the Whiskey Rebellion threatened the stability of the nascent United States and forced President Washington to personally lead the United States militia westward to stop the rebels.
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George Washington on the Battlefield.
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Some years ago, I read that George Washington had among his swords, a mourning sword with a Spanish motto. I was curious why one of the swords we have known as a Spanish dragoon type sword (usually a 'bilbo' type) would be in this context. I had not discovered more and did not pursue it.

When this book came out, I remembered that information and hoped to find more on the mysterious 'Spanish ' mourning sword.

Instead I found what was listed as a M1767 French officers epee. It was noted that this sword was often regarded as Washington's mourning sword as it was worn by him to funerals. It apparently had inscriptions in Latin, 'recti face ice' (=do what is right'); 'nemine timeas' (= fear no man).
It seems perhaps this may have been perceived as Spanish? in references to Washington's mourning sword, which refer to it as his 'Spanish dress sword'.

In other reading I found that there are two swords associated with Washington which are 'whereabouts unknown'.
One of these was apparently a 'mourning sword' with blackened mounts, belt and swivels ordered and received from London June, 1773 upon the death of his daughter Patsy.

it would appear that the mysterious Spanish mourning sword that I had seen referred to was apparently the French M1867 with Latin inscriptions, and not the blackened mounts sword which is no longer known as far as its whereabouts .
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