War of 1812, Important Philadelphia Silver Hilt Sabers
Unknown Maker…truly dramatic!
Offered are two incredible silver mounted Philadelphia Federal era sabers, two of a small group
known by this swordsmith; his swords seem to have been made during or just before the War of
1812 whereas there are two extant identified as War of 1812 used . The maker of these ultimate
swords is unquestionably the same swordsmith working in Philadelphia, War of 1812 period.
Design features of the hilts, grips, and scabbard are among the most sophisticated.
The silver repousse scabbard mounts are hand finished [chased and engraved] and are without
peer, among Federal era swords, no more impressive sabers exist when compared to blade
design, decoration, and large mounts. Both swords are very similar; one features scabbard
mounts bordered by scallop shells, the other by arrowheads within semicircle; first and second
mounts in outstanding high relief; Languet eagles are spectacularly defined. Blades are etched
in the same conventional stylized pattern centered by blue and gold work featuring “US of A”.
The blades are from the same bar stock, being ground, forged, and decorated the same. The
motif is likely American made according to researcher/collector Chris Grazzini.
The sword with eagle quillon was discovered in the late 1980s in Maryland; while owned by Dan
Hartzler he discovered the second of these swords which is very similar and matches very
nicely as a display pair.
Ultimate bird-head pommel with a four-pointed star surrounded by C-swirls with graduating bell
flowers all in high relief down the backstrap. Embossed knuckle bow with Rococo
ornamentation, .588 inch in width; 1.234 inches in length, terminating in an eagle-head quillon.
The obverse lanquet bears a sculptured spread eagle facing toward the right, clinching arrows,
while the reverse lanquet is smooth. The lined ferrule secures the grip that is checkered on the
front. The curved blade is etched in heavy floral sprays with an American flag on the obverse
and “US of A” on the reverse. Top mount is 5 7/8 inches, with a Lady Liberty repousse on the
obverse. The third mount is 6.25 inches, with coordinated sculptured shells and bell flowers with
snake drag. Hilt: 6 3/8 inches, overall, 37.5 inches.
The other sword features a bird-head pommel ornamented with deeply engraved floral
decoration continuing to the top of the counterguard and then the quillon. Matching lower
ferrule; same type grips as above described… shaped to fit the hand. It features lanquet and
reinforcement, with the same blade and a slightly different gilt etching design on the blued
background, with “ US of A” on the obverse. These ultimate mounts are slightly smaller in
length however lady Liberty and the eagle are much larger, with the same large barrel studs and
rings. The Rococo ornamented mounts are not decorated on the reverse except for the well-
defined snake and scalloping. Hilt: 6.5 inches, overall, 39 inches.
Literature: American Silver-Hilted, Revolutionary and Early Federal Swords – According to
Their Geographical Areas of Mounting by Daniel D. Hartzler. (pp. 51, 52, and 53.)
Ex George Juno, Sr., Daniel Hartzler, Dave Kleiner
$45,000.00 the pair or $23,450.00 your choice.