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American Decorative Arts
Maker: John Bennett II, British, w. ca. 1773
Maker, formerly attributed to: J. Basingwhite, British

Military Dress Sword Owned by Baron Fredrich Wilhelm von Steuben

ca. 1780

Steel, gilt silver, leather

other: 50 1/2 in. (128.3 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
1930.1443a-b
Geography: 
Made in London, England, Europe
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
British
Period: 
18th century
Classification: 
Arms and Armor
Provenance: 

Supposedly presented to Baron von Steuben by Congress in 1784. Bequeathed in 1794 to William North (1755–1836), New York; inherited by his son William Augustus Steuben North (1794–1845) and Margaret Bridge North (1802–1882), New York; inherited by their daughter Mary Catharine North Weston (1822–1882) and Daniel Cony Weston (1815–1903), New York; inherited by thier daughter Mary North Weston Austin (1851–1916) and Francis B. Austin (1847–1927), Summit, N.J.; inherited by their son William Morris Austin (1876–1938), Elizabeth, N.J.; [American Art Association, New York, 30 January 1929, lot 175]; purchased by Francis P. Garvan (1875–1937), New York; donated to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1930

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