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W. H. Horstmann & Sons Sword of William E. Jones

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02711.10 Author/Creator: W. H. Horstmann & Sons Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Object Date: circa 1862 Pagination: 1 sword : steel ; 85 cm. high

Summary of Content: Non-commissioned officer's sword, similar to GLC02711.09, also said to have been used at West Point. It belonged to William E. Jones. W. H. Horstmann & Sons had retail stores in both New York and Philadelphia; most of their swords and sabers had imported blades, usually German.

Background Information: Horstmann firm was founded by William H. Horstmann (1785-1850), who had immigrated to Philadelphia from Germany. Horstmann bought out a local swordmaker in 1828 and thereafter entered the military goods field. ...The firm benefitted from the Civil War, becoming the largest military goods supplier in the nation by 1864.See More

People: Jones, William E., 1824-1864

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: CavalryCivil WarMilitary HistoryConfederate General or LeaderConfederate States of AmericaWeaponryWest Point (US Military Academy)

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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