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1854 General Officer's Sword


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Another sword from the family Sis is an archivist for. While filled with men who served in a variety of forces and positions, there were none who held the rank of General. A Colonel, yes, but not higher. Someone told Sis that the crossed sword and baton emblem on this sword denotes the rank of General, so shouldn't have been used by a Colonel, unless he bought it in anticipation of a further jump up the ladder that never happened? Any thoughts are welcome!

Again, the only pictures we have. This sword is sadly on a mount above a high door in an entryway.

 

 

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Will M

This is a "general officers" sword, this does not mean rank of a general. I have a nice one named to a Captain.  These are often confused with the rank of general.AFB6F526-BB17-45B7-9DD1-DA5FE22AA6FB_1_105_c.jpeg.4f4801dd72f2378a6c37e4a148b721c1.jpeg

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GCCE1854

@Will M That's a great bit of info. As you know, swords are a bit new to me. So, what ranks would apply for the sword in the original post above? Also, from the photos there, any idea about era or something that could give a hint as to which family member may have had this sword?

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Will M

Swords are usually bought by the officer upon their commission, rank would be lieutenant. Many officers owned more than one sword and they could purchase

and wear new swords that fit their regiment. The sword I pictured was purchased when he was a Capt. and D.A.A.G. 

Your sword does not have the folding guard so the earliest it can be is 1854. Having a steel scabbard the rank is not above Capt.

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GCCE1854

I'll see if I can figure out a good match . . . a Lieutenant or Captain post 1854. How late would this sword style be in use?

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On 6/8/2021 at 2:00 PM, Will M said:

In use till 1895

 

Ah, then there are probably several family members who will fit into this . . . being a Lieutenant or Captain between the years of 1854 and 1895. I'll sort through dates and see who is a possible match. Any regiment, basically?

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