Sheriff’s office shows off Revolutionary War-era sword

Revolutionary war sword revealed that police believe was stolen

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office displayed a Revolutionary War-era sword Wednesday that’s been missing for more than 40 years.

“This sword, in 1776 belonged to John Cleves Symmes...and then in 1812, he gave it to his son-in-law, General William Henry Harrison,” Sheriff Jim Neil said.

Authorities believe the sword passed through the Symmes/Harrison family for years.

The Cincinnati Historical Society came into possession of the sword sometime later.

Then around 40 years ago, the sword went missing.

It remained missing until a few weeks ago when a foundation board member discovered the sword was set to be auctioned off at a gallery in Windsor, Connecticut. The minimum starting bid was $15,000.

Sheriff Neil says 17 swords like the one recently recovered were made.

Officials believe no others have the same signatures, which means the sword belongs to the Historical Society, but authorities must still investigate.

“It’ll take some time. I’m confident when we’re done that we can say it is or is not. It does appear to be the same,” an investigator said.

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