General Andrew Jackson (1767 - 1845) - a model 1860 Staff Officer's Sword with a Damascus blade and a lock of hair at the pommel attributed to the 7th US President
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DescriptionSolingen blade with the Weyersberg king's head stamp on the ricasso. Fine rose Damascus, both sides with decorative gilt floral etchings (abraded in places) and the U.S. eagle with the banner "E Pluribus Unum", the purveyor's mark "W.H. Horstmann & Sons Philadelphia" on the obverse. The brass hilt in relief, originally gilt, with the U.S. eagle against flags on the reverse of the folding guard plate and an escutcheon against trophies on the obverse. Imitation winding on the grip. The pommel with a glass-lidded gold medallion on a riveted copper plate containing a lock of hair, "Lock of Genl Andrew Jackson's Hair" engraved around the edge. The stained steel scabbard with floral brass fittings in relief, the decoration originally gilt. A dedication engraved on the obverse between the two uppermost scabbard fittings reads "Voted to Lieut. P. Burne of the Burns Tenn. Light Artillery at the C.O. Fair, Nashville Tenn. April 10th 1880". Length of the sword 96 cm, total length 102 cm.A magnificent sword of great historical significance, which was presented to Lieut. Burne in 1880.
Andrew Jackson (1767 - 1845) was elected commander of the Tennessee militia in 1812, defeated the British at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815 and was promoted to Major General. He ran for president in 1824 but ultimately lost to John Quincy Adams and responded by founding the Democratic Party with Martin van Buren. He won the 1828 election and governed until 1837.
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