For the collector who would like to include in their collection - the more Rare Antique Knights Templar sword produced by The Pettibone Brothers Manufacturing Company.
~~ SWORD INFORMATION ~~
While researching this sword, I found that The M C Lilley and Henderson Ames companies produced hundreds of thousands of swords from the 1880's to the 1920's. Resource Info Link The Pettibone Brothers Manufacturing Co. was a much smaller company, producing smaller quantities of swords. The more limited the manufacture – the more rare it is to find the few remaining swords made by this company – therefore they have and will continue to increase in value for the collector, above and beyond those made by other companies.
Although many swords are mistakenly called Knight Templar swords, this one is authentic. This is indicated by the letters KT that are intertwined and affixed to the scabbard. The intertwined KT is the ONLY symbol representing the Knights Templar Order, of the Masons (picture #7 below).
~~ SWORD DESCRIPTION ~~
This beautiful, old sword is made of a combination of silver and nickel. The length of the blade from pommel to blade tip is 35 ½" and is 36" from pommel to scabbard tip. The grip is solid ivory that has aged from handling, to a handsome goldenrod color. The leather guard that cushions the sword from the scabbard (under the knuckle guard) is still intact. The pommel has a knights head that is very detailed as compared to others I have seen. The hand grip contains the bust of a knight or king with battle armor head dress from the times of the crusades.
The scabbard is splendidly detailed with the reclining figure of a soldier of the crusades that has a red enameled cross on his breastplate and shield. Below that is a raised armored breastplate, At the bottom of the top section is the symbol of the Knights Templar Order, the cross surrounded by the crown. This also is enameled in red and blue. Surrounding this symbol are the words "Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life".
The blade bears the name of the original owner, Henry A. Hunt and is elaborately engraved with scenes from the crusades. Close to the name is the familiar mason symbol, the interlaced Square and Compass (the symbol of "Freemasonry"). It contains the mark of The Pettibone Brothers Manufacturing Co., as well as the repeat of the cross surrounded by the crown. At the top of the blade on the other side is the Skull and Crossbones circled by "Memento Mori", as a reminder of our immortality.
~~ SWORD CONDITION ~~
Please Remember: the sword is OVER 100 YEARS OLD! The sword is overall in very good to excellent condition. The blade is in mint condition with the exception of a few small dings along the side of the blade (as though it were struck against something). The scabbard is in very good condition but has two places where the silver/nickel has worn off (pic 7). The sword has not been cleaned and should regain all of its original splendor after that has been completed, if you so desire.
~~ NOTE ABOUT PICTURES ~~
Pictures 5 and 6 are spliced shots of different areas of the two sides of the blade to show detail of the full length. PLEASE – Click to enlarge them ALL!
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