American Gilt Ceremonial Sword *
19th century, by Ames Mfc. Co., inscribed "Presented to Major W.R. Vermilye by the 5th company National Guard as a testimony of respect and esteem for their late commandant, New York, 21st April, 1840" on the scabbard. Note: President of the New York Stock Exchange 1861 - 1862. Featuring a gilt bronze openwork cross guard with scroll and berry decoration and helmet figural pommel, and a heavily engraved silver gilt grip. The single fuller blade with etched floral, acorn, eagle and figural decoration. The gilt bronze scabbard with eagle, scroll, and other military ephemera engraved decoration. Blade length 30 1/4 inches. Note: As mentioned in History of the Seventh Regiment of New York, 1806-1889 (Vol. 1, p. 275) by Emmons Clark "Colonel Jones, in the presence of the mayor and Common Council and a multitude of spectators, presented to Major Vermilye, in behalf of that company, an elegant and valuable sword as a token of the esteem and affection of his comrades, and in recognition of his long and faithful service to the company."