As an avid collector of antiquities and oddities, I love that I can still be surprised by what my clients bring by the workshop, such as this 19th century Tiffany & Co. Sword in need of repair.
In 1862, Tiffany & Co. was the main supplier of swords to the Union Army. Though Tiffany & Co. was founded only a mere 25 years earlier as a stationary supplier they already had an illustrious reputation for providing a large variety of quality goods. They even provided the army with flags and surgical implements. As time has shown the brand went on to become an iconic jewelry manufacturer. This was in part after Charles Lewis Tiffany invented the raised prong solitaire setting, now referred to and trademarked as the Tiffany setting.
This Tiffany & Co. sword was brought in with a complete break just about halfway down the blade.
The blade itself is elegantly etched so repairing such a fracture takes expertise and patience. As a fifth-generation metalsmith, I felt confident that this sword could be given new life! Though custom jewelry creation is what I am best known for I love the challenge of fixing something as unique as this heirloom sword.
Follow the hashtag #WilliamTravisRepairedThat to see what other pieces I have repaired over the years!