‡ A SPANISH DRESS EPEE, BY TRADITION PRESENTED TO GENERAL JOHN H. EATON AS ENVOY EXTRAORDINARY AND MINISTER PLENIPOTENTIARY TO SPAIN (1836-1840) BY MARIA CHRISTINA OF SPAIN AS REGENT FOR HER DAUGHTER, THE FUTURE ISABELLA II, THE BLADE DATED 1837
with tapering double-edged blade of flattened-hexagonal section, stamped 'Ano D 1837' and 'Fa Ntl Di Toledo' on the respective faces at the forte, gilt-brass hilt cast with classical ornament in low relief, including oval shell-guard decorated with the Iberian eagle flanked by classical figures, quillon-block with the letter 'F' for Ferdinand' enclosed in a laurel wreath, a pair of straight quillons, knuckle-guard and pommel, and integral grip all decorated en suite, in its blued iron scabbard (now oxidised to brown) with gilt-brass suspensions mounts and drag
76.8 cm; 30 1/4 in blade
By tradition presented to General John H. Eaton when Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Spain (1836-1840) by Maria Christina of Spain (when Regent for her daughter, the future Isabella II); thence to his friend and physician Dr William B. Magruder; thence to his brother Colonel James A. Magruder, a personal friend of General Grant, who wore the sword on full dress occasions including the funeral of President Lincoln, thence by descent to
Mrs. Millicent Magruder Nichols, Massachusetts who gifted the sword to Dumbarton House in 1967.
John Henry Eaton (1790-1856), was born in Halifax near the town of Scotland Neck, North Carolina. He attended University North Carolina 1802-1804, where he studied law and was admitted to the bar commencing practice in Franklin. In 1808 or 1809 he moved to Franklin, in Williamson County, Tennessee, to take up residence on lands owned by his father. Here he met his future wife, Myra Lewis, who with her sister were the wards of General Andrew Jackson. Eaton's marriage thus brought him further wealth and also an opening into a political career. In 1818 Eaton was appointed to the U.S. Senate to fill a vacancy caused by the resignation of George W. Campbell; at the end of the term he was elected as a Democrat. Eaton served in the Senate from 1818-1829, when he resigned to become secretary of war in President Jackson's cabinet remaining there until June 1831. In 1834 Jackson appointed him governor of the Territory of Florida, and in 1836 envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary to Madrid. The latter appointment he held until 1840.
£400 - 600 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.