Personalized MASONIC KNIGHTS TEMPLAR Fraternal Order Sword Etched Blade
Ornate New York Costume Company Sword
Here we present a Masonic Knights Templar Fraternal Order Sword, Personalized to Homer Gwinn, made circa the turn of the century likely in Germany and distributed by the New York Costume Company out of Chicago, Illinois. Every knight needs a sword with less ancient fraternal orders being no exception. The sword played, and still plays, an important role as a symbol of the power to destroy, as well as the power to protect, and dispense justice. They were a key part of dress and served as status symbols within the society. Most are quite decorative, if not utterly ornate.
The name “Homer Gwinn” is etched into the blade. We believe this belonged to Mason Homer Gwinn (August 28, 1861-March 11, 1922) of Hartford, Connecticut.
This sword features a knight’s head on the pommel, archetypal of the swords employed by the Knights Templar and Knights of Pythias. Christian symbolism abounds on most examples. Decorative scroll and other Masonic themes are often found on these types of swords.
The overall condition is very good. Bright blade. Detailed etchings. “HOMER GWINN” and “MEMENTO MORI” are etched on the blade. The hand guard contains a slight wiggle. Both the twisted ire and rayskin grip remain tight. Legible markings. Good scabbard. Here is a sword with an interesting fraternal role and historical background.
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Blade is approx. 30 inches.
Overall length is approx. 37 inches.
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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