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Object Name Sword
Catalog Number 2017.fic.903
Description Decorative/ceremonial sword and scabbard. One side of the blade of the sword has decorative engravings of crosses, trees, men on horseback, buildings, men in armor, and a crown. The other side of the blade has engravings of crosses, crosses on banners, crosses inside of crowns, text "Edwin Mathew Schaefer", suns, men in armour, and text near hilt "Memento Mori" around a skull and crossbones. The guard is metal, ornately detailed, and has a red cross inside of a crown with a blue base. The metal of the guard appears to have been gold colored originally. The grip of the hilt is wood that is black and polished with a silver cross on one side. The pommel is shaped like a knight's helmet and appears to have been gold colored at one point. The scabbard is a polished silvery color. The tip of the scabbard has ornately decorated metal with cross and helmet detailing and is golden colored. The middle of the scabbard has a metal overlay that is ornately decorated with a "KT", appears to have been gold colored at one point, and has a metal ring attached to one side. The top of the scabbard has a metal overlay decorated with a scene of a knight on a field with the sun above him, below is a coat of arms with trumpets and axes, below that is a red cross in a crown with a blue base surrounded by the text "Be thou faithful until death & I will give thee a crown of life", it has a ring attached to either side, and appears to have been gold colored at one point. Also has large leather sheath meant to hold the sword and scabbard with text "Edwin M. Schaefer" "Keosauqua Iowa" with handwritten text that may possibly say "Glidden Wis.".
Collection La Crosse County Historical Society Collection
Dimensions W-5 L-36.75 inches
Length (in) 36.75
Width (in) 5
Dimension Details Scabbard Length- 30.75
Inscription Text The Molilley & Co
Columbus Ohio
Inscription Location Base of blade
People Schaefer, Edwin
Search Terms Sword
Scabbard
Masonic
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