200@200 : November — How We Warred
Date:
c. 1800—1865
Title:
Robertson Family Sword
Description:
Three successive generations of the Robertson family used this sword. Originally, it was owned by Robert Robertson, the paternal grandfather of Civil War hero Colonel Robert S. Robertson. The elder Robertson immigrated to the United States from Scotland in 1793, settling in Argyle, New York; he was to remain there for the rest of his life. The sword was then passed down to his son, Nicholas Robertson, the father of Colonel Robertson, who used this sword during his service in the Mexican War (1846—1848).

Finally, the sword was inherited by Robert S. Robertson to be used during the Civil War. It features an ivory grip, a brass eagle—headed pommel, and a patterned medallion knuckle guard. The slightly curved blade is engraved with gold leaf work.
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Robertson family sword pommel,     c. 1800-1865Robertson family sword pommel, c. 1800-1865
Robertson family sword, c. 1800-1865Robertson family sword, c. 1800-1865
Robertson family sword pommel detailRobertson family sword pommel detail
Robertson family sword blade engraving detailRobertson family sword blade engraving detail
Robertson family sword blade engraving detailRobertson family sword blade engraving detail
Robertson family sword blade engraving detailRobertson family sword blade engraving detail
Robertson family sword blade engraving detailRobertson family sword blade engraving detail
Robertson family sword knuckle guard detailRobertson family sword knuckle guard detail