April 4: Middletown 366


Domestic Manufacture

New York, April, 4

We have this day seen a superb Sword, made at the factory of Mr. Starr, in Middletown, (Conn.) in obedience to a vote of Congress. The actual cost of this sword is one thousand dollars, and it is believed, that a more superb article of the kind has never been seen in this or any other country.– We shall endeavor to give a brief description of it.

On one side of the hilt are the arms of the United States–on the other the following inscription:–“Voted by the Congress of the United States, to Colonel Richard M. Johnson, in testimony of the sense of his gallantry in the battle of the Thames, in Upper Canada, October 5th, 1813.” The head of the hilt is an Eagle, bearing an open wreath in its mouth. The head of the guard is a bust of Ceres. The thumb-pieces on each side form a spread eagle, holding in his talons an emblem of Agriculture. The bow of the guard represents a wreath of branches, descriptive of the Union of the States. The blade is of the sabre kind, of the best material, and so well tempered as to resist any impression which has been attempted to be made upon it.

The scabbard is richly gilded; the ornaments which are of solid gold, reflect great credit on the ingenuity of the artist.

The case which contains the sword, is of that kind of wood, called Bird’s Eye Maple, and is of superior beauty and workmanship.

We understand that Mr. Starr will leave this city for Washington to-morrow morning.

From The Gettysburg Compiler (Gettysburg, Pa.), April 12, 1820.


Bad Oyster?

“A Middletown, Conn. woman while eating stewed oysters Sunday evening complained that one of them was full of bones. On examination it was found to contain 45 pearls, varying in size from a pea to a pinhead.”

From the Raleigh Sentinel (Raleigh, N. C.), April 4, 1873.

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