Sword and scabbard, 1750-1775
Photo by Peter Harholdt, 2004
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Steel, silver, cork, leather, and velvet; Sword: L. 39 in. (99.1 cm); scabbard: L. 32 3/4 in. (83.2 cm), W. 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm), D. 3/4 in. (1.9 cm); hilt: W. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm), H. 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm)
Frankliniana Collection, The Franklin Institute, Inc. (Philadelphia, Pa.), 3347
Court sword, or "short sword," with steel blade and silver handle worn by Franklin at the French court. It descended to his grandson Benjamin Franklin Bache, and remained in the family until it was given to The Franklin Institute in the third quarter of the 19th century.
Included in BF300 Exhibit.
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