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Continental Army Presentation Sword

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Arienne King
by Metropolitan Museum of Art
published on 25 March 2021
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A presentation sword awarded to Colonel Marinus Willett (1740–1830 CE), of the Continental Army. It is one of ten "elegant swords" awarded by the Continental Congress to officers who demonstrated exceptional merit against the British during the American Revolution (1765-1783 CE). One side of the grip is decorated with the coat of arms of the United States of America the other is inscribed "Congress to Col. Willett, Oct. 11, 1777."

Steel blade. Hilt and scabbard decorated with silver, gold, wood, fish skin, and textile. Made c. 1785–86 by the Parisian swordmaker C. Liger (l. c. 1770–93 CE). Length: 100.6 cm (39 5/8 in). Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Art, M. M. o. (2021, March 25). Continental Army Presentation Sword. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/13727/continental-army-presentation-sword/

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