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- Feb 23, 2013
- East Texas
One of the oddest and most impressive though totally impractical Presentation swords I can think of is this one belonging to Missouri Confederate General Sterling Price in the collections of the (former) Museum of the Confederacy, now at Appomattox and copied from their website (emphasis added):
Thomas, Griswold and Company, New Orleans, Louisiana, CSA
Confederate Presentation Sword: straight, double-edged blade etched with floral sprays and the motto "Ense et Virtute per aspera ad alta"; gilded brass hilt formed of intertwined representations of hemp stalk, tobacco, grapes and cotton, shield device engraved with the Missouri coat of arms; pommel cast to represent the Louisiana coat of arms of a pelican feeding her young; ivory grip carved to represent an ear of corn. With scabbard (.1b) and presentation case (.1c).
This presentation sword was given to Maj. Gen. Sterling Price by the women of New Orleans in 1862 shortly after the Battle of Lexington, Missouri. It features symbols of Missouri and Louisiana. At the time of its manufacture, it was reputed to be finest Confederate sword in existence and cost approximately $1,000. The sum was raised by public subscription not exceeding $1 each.