An early Federal Period eagle pommel officer's spadroon by Thurkle
Lot 3117Y
An early Federal Period eagle pommel officer's spadroon by Thurkle
Sold for US$ 1,638 inc. premium
Lot Details
An early Federal Period eagle pommel officer's spadroon by Thurkle
circa 1795-1800
Straight 31 inch single edged blade with broad, full-length fuller and 12 inch blued and gilt panel engraved with panels of floral meander, panoplies of arms and, on one side, a Federal eagle below 15 stars, the reverse with the figure of a Native American warrior. Brass stirrup hilt, the guard with outboard branch joined by a diamond-shaped cut-out. Eaglehead pommel of classic Thurkle form. Elephant ivory grip with checkered panels.
Condition: Blade with mottled grey patina, some light pitting at the point, and retaining perhaps 50% of the blued and gilt decoration. Hilt with dark patina, one side of ferrule marked in white paint 135. Grip showing some light wear to checkering.
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Footnotes

  • Provenance:E. Andrew Mowbray Collection and ascribed by him as probably from the Medicus Collection
    Note: Illustrated in Mr. Mowbray's book The American Eagle Pommel Officer's Sword, The Early Years, Figure 1.D on page 61. See also page 63 for a discussion of the blade, believed to have been imported by Runkel. Sold in these rooms as Lot 6003, on Nov. 20, 1989.
    Francis Thurkle, London, active 1760-1801.
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