American Revolutionary War Sword

This sword is one of the best condition Revolutionary War swords that I have seen. I place this sword in the school of the well-known Revolutionary War period sword maker, "Potter". There are several reasonsthat I do so. #l is the flat blade devoid of any fuller. The sword came from eastern Connecticut, close to Potter's center of operation in New York City. And, the overly large grip and pommel. In "Swords & Blades of The American Revolution" book by George C. Neumann on page 164, #309.3 is a sword that belonged to Bill Guthman similar to this hilt with a blade marked "Potter". Also in "Weapons of the American Revolution" by Warren Moore, page 136 there is a similar sword. This is a very early stirrup guard pattern that was copied here in America from the mid-eigteenth century from the French & German Hussar sabers, leaving off the langets. Harold Peterson in his book "The American Sword" makes reference to the stirrup guard sword of the Revolutionary War period being one of the most popular swords and consequently the Starr contract of 1798 kept this design. This sword has a wonderful overall brown patina on the guard and the grip leather is complete with some surface roughness and one small quarter inch piece missing. It retains its original twisted brass wire. We know the sword maker made at lease three of these because ... read more