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US Masonic Sword, Knights Templar Order, by Pettibone of Cincinnati

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Description

Straight spear pointed blade, cross bar hilt, round black grip, brown leather washer, pommel cast as a helmet. Steel scabbard with brass fittings near the throat, at the midsection and at the chape. Three hanging rings, an opposed pair near the throat and a single at the midsection. Brown leather carrying case with nickel-plated metal catches and nameplate.

The blade is profusely etched with images of knights bearing the sign of the cross including a battle scene outside Jerusalem between knights and turbaned Saracens. The etching also includes Maltese crosses, stands of arms, the motto ‘Memento Mori’ with skull and crossbones, the ‘cross and crown’, the Masonic square & compasses, a sun in splendour and foliate patterns. Similar symbols are also cast in the fittings of both the sword and scabbard.

Given the symbolism used this sword is likely to be related to one of the several fraternal orders of the ‘Knights Templar’ – a.k.a. the United Religious, Military and Masonic Orders of the Temple and of St John of Jerusalem, Palestine, Rhodes and Malta. Inspired by the real Knights Templar, these Masonic orders differ from mainstream Freemasonry in that members profess faith in Christianity specifically, not a supreme being in general, and pledge to protect & defend the Christian faith.

The name ‘Roy E Smith’ is etched in a cartouche on the blade, and also marked on the nameplate of the carrying case. The case is further marked ‘Markesan, WIS’. This refers to the town of Markesan, Wisconsin, which would appear to be where Mr Smith lived. The blade is etched on one side with the maker’s mark ‘The Pettibone Bros MFG Co. Cincinnati. O’, set within a shield of a stand of arms.

The Pettibone Brothers Manufacturing Company of Cincinnati, Ohio made military and society goods from its founding in 1872 and was most active between 1880 and 1920.

The blade and scabbard are in excellent condition, with the extensive etched decoration to the blade in particular bright and clear throughout. Some rubbing to the reverse side of the scabbard where it would would contact the clothing when worn. The leather of the carrying case has some rubbing and flaking, and its stitching has come partly undone – there is a carrying handle included which has become detached as a result.

 

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