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    Superb Sword Presented to Colonel James K. Hall of the West Virginia National Guard From the Employees of the Wheeling Daily Intelligencer, May 2, 1902. The Biennial Report of the Adjutant General of the State of West Virginia for 1904 lists Colonel James K. Hall as an aide-de-camp in Wheeling, West Virginia in February 4, 1902. Hall was also Postmaster of Wheeling during this same period. It is quite likely that this sword was presented to Col. Hall in recognition of his appointment as aide-de-camp in the West Virginia National Guard. This ornate sword is almost certainly of German manufacture with a "walking bear" logo on the obverse ricasso and an etched M. C. Lilley retailer's mark on the reverse ricasso. The straight, double-edged blade measures approximately 32" long and each side of the blade is ornately etched with floral scrolls and military vignettes, the relieved areas accented in gilt. The obverse side of the blade is etched "Col. James K. Hall". The obverse ricasso is engraved "May 2, 1902". The gilded-brass hilt features an ornate guard decorated with a panoply of arms to which is mounted a silvered American eagle. The folding counter-guard extensively decorated in floral scroll bears a "US" as the central motif. The two-branch knuckle bow is designed in a floral vine motif terminating in a floral quillon. The wire-wrapped fish skin grips are secured by what appears to be a replacement ferrule and pommel cap (the quality not being commensurate with that of the rest of the sword). The nickel-plated scabbard features ornate gilded-brass mounts elaborately decorated in voided floral designs. Etched on the obverse side of the scabbard between the upper mounts the etched presentation: "Presented to Col. James K. Hall, by the Employees of the Daily Intelligencer" appears. The sword bears modest wear from storage with some loss to the gilt panels on the blade, but is in otherwise excellent condition.

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    December, 2012
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