1812 History
Sword and Scabbard- Dr. Cyrus Sumner
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1812 History
Department of Canadian Heritage This item is a part of the 1812 History digitization project. This project was made possible with the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canadian Culture Online Strategy.
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Object
Description
The origin of the sword is unknown and there are no distinct markings on it. It is believed however, that the sword would have been carried by the Light Cavalry (Light Dragoons and the Hussars). The sword has a steel blade and a wooden grip wrapped in leather and bounded by wire. Both the hilt and the scabbard are made of brass. The scabbard has two bands with leaf-like decorations that are attached to brass rings. The scabbard also has the throat cut for languettes (tabs sticking up from the hilt which overlap the scabbard), but the sword does not have languettes.

This sword is believed to have belonged to Dr. Cyrus Sumner (1772-1834), Assistant Surgeon to Major General Sir Isaac Brock at Queenston Heights. Sumner was also known to have become the commissioned Surgeon for the 4th Lincoln Regiment Militia in 1822.
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Local identifier
992.4.1.1-2
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.00012 Longitude: -79.24958
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Image courtesy of the Grimsby Museum
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Sword and Scabbard- Dr. Cyrus Sumner


The origin of the sword is unknown and there are no distinct markings on it. It is believed however, that the sword would have been carried by the Light Cavalry (Light Dragoons and the Hussars). The sword has a steel blade and a wooden grip wrapped in leather and bounded by wire. Both the hilt and the scabbard are made of brass. The scabbard has two bands with leaf-like decorations that are attached to brass rings. The scabbard also has the throat cut for languettes (tabs sticking up from the hilt which overlap the scabbard), but the sword does not have languettes.

This sword is believed to have belonged to Dr. Cyrus Sumner (1772-1834), Assistant Surgeon to Major General Sir Isaac Brock at Queenston Heights. Sumner was also known to have become the commissioned Surgeon for the 4th Lincoln Regiment Militia in 1822.