The APG Board of Directors has just approved funding for the purchase of a rare, American made , Dragoon Sword from the American Revolution. The owner of the sword, currently on loan to the museum, has decided to sell this superb piece and has offered the museum first refusals. When I found out about this, I had to do something. After a few emails and some discussion with the board it was decided that we needed to step in and procure the piece to keep it at the museum and preserved for future generations. With that and a phone call we have committed to purchasing it. The museum is excited about our donation and I just received this from Scott.
From Dr R Scott Stephenson President and CEO of the Museum of the American Revolution.
“The Museum of the American Revolution has enjoyed a warm relationship with the Artist Preservation Group for many years, and we are so excited to be working together again, this time to acquire a rare and significant American made cavalry saber for our permanent collection. The sword will be on long term display in our gallery that explores the Battle of Cowpens, and it is not hard to imagine that this very weapon was in the hands of a Continental Dragoon in this and other actions during the latter years of the Revolutionary War.”
It’s my understanding is that these swords were in very high demand, especially late in the war, and in the Southern Campaign. Imagine the stories it could tell. Cowpens, Guilford Courthouse, 96, the Siege of Augusta, or Eutaw Springs. Battle of the Hook, just to name a few.
We’ll be starting a fund raising campaign specifically for the sword in the next few days. This was a major purchase and we will need all the support we can get. An announcement will follow soon.