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Colonel John Chandler of the 8th Connecticut Regiment carried this small sword during the Revolutionary War as a symbol of his rank. The sword was over 60 years old by the time of the war. Chandler’s command of the 8th Connecticut began on January 1, 1777 but ended during the Valley Forge encampment when he resigned on March 5, 1778. Chandler decided to retire from the Continental Army because he had been suffering from kidney stones. The now famous memoirist of the Revolutionary War, Joseph Plumb Martin, served in Chandler’s regiment.  

Object Details

  • Small Sword
    England or Germany
    Steel, Iron, Brass, Wood, Wool
    Museum of the American Revolution (Benninghoff Collection)


Image 111220 Collection 16x9 60 Jonathan Pettibones Sword 1

Jonathan Pettibone's Sword

French and Indian War veteran Colonel Jonathan Pettibone carried this small sword, engraved with his name, during the New York campaign of 1776.
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Image 091120 British French Swords Collection British And French Swords 1 Copy

British and French Swords

View two intricately decorated small swords, one of which was made in France and other in England.
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