An eagle head saber
Lot 161
An eagle head saber
Sold for US$ 21,060 inc. premium

Lot Details
An eagle head saber
early 19th century
Curved 29 1/8 inch blade. Broad central fuller. Blued engraved and gilt with floral sprays. Silver plated brass hilt. Proud eagle head pommel with engraved and chased plumage, and broad comb. Recurved stirrup knucklebow with knot cutout and langet. Downturned disc quillon. Reeded bone grips of oval section. Plain brass ferrule. Together with silvered all brass scabbard. Oval suspension mounts with rings. The panel near the throat inscribed in script To/Lt. Col./Hugh Maxwell the central panel with Society of the Cincinnati over the seal of the society, an eagle and a laurel wreath.
Condition: Polished grey metal patina to forward section of blade. Traces of blue with balance turning dark grey. Most gilding on blade remaining. Traces of silver to brass with minor mars. Grip with mellow age patina. Traces of silver on scabbard. Mellow age patina with minor dents overall. Locket at throat missing with small cracks around rim.

Footnotes

  • Note: Hugh Maxwell was born in Ireland in 1733, and emigrated with his family to New England. Hugh went on to become a surveyor and a farmer. During the French and Indian War he saw action in five campaigns. In 1775, he was appointed lieutenant of a company of minutemen, with whom he marched to Cambridge on hearing of the Lexington battle, and joined Prescott's regiment. He received a captain's commission on May 10, 1775. He was wounded at Bunker Hill when a ball passed through his right shoulder. He served in Prescott's regiment near New York, and then in Bailey's 2nd regiment, at which time he was commissioned a major on July 7, 1777. He was commissioned lieutenant colonel of M. Jackson's 8th regiment August 1, 1782. He was present at the siege of Boston and the battles of Trenton, Princeton, Saratoga, and Monmouth. He was invested into the Society of the Cincinnati in 1784. In 1799, he died on a return voyage from the West Indies.

    It is possible, due to the date of this sword, that it was presented, or owned by Maxwell's son of the same name, who would have been entitled to be a member of the Society of the Cincinnati.
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