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As military weapons or fashionable accessories, swords were always at George Washington's side.

Below you will find some of the most remarkable swords in George Washington's collection.  Either in his hand or at his hip these swords witnessed some of the most important events in our nation's founding.

Washington and his Swords

Washington and his Swords

Erik Goldstein, author of The Swords of George Washington, explores the artistry and history of Washington's swords.

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The 1753 Silver-Hilted Smallsword

George Washington carried this sword throughout his French & Indian War campaigns.

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The 1767 Silver-Hilted Smallsword

One of Washington's most beautiful swords, this sword appears in many famous Washington paintings.

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The Silver Lion-Headed Cuttoe

Washington acquired this stylish cuttoe with the lion's head just prior to the start of the Revolutionary War.

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The Bailey Silver & Ivory-Hilted Cuttoe

Washington carried this famous sword throughout the final years of the American Revolution.

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The Model 1767 French Officer's Epée

General Washington may have received this sword as a gift from the Marquis de Lafayette.

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The Steel-Hilted Smallsword

Worn on the hip of President Washington, this sword witnessed many of the young nation's greatest events. 

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The Alte Presentation Broadsword

Washington received this decorative sword during his second term as President of the United States.

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Book: The Swords of George Washington

For the first time, every one of Washington's known swords is presented in brilliant color with the story of each weapon told in vivid detail from the colonial era to the present day.

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The Revolutionary War

Learn more about General George Washington and the War for Independence.

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