1751 pattern Peterson #2, Neumann 19.S and inextricably embedded in American history having served through the French & Indian War as well as the Revolution. Standard pattern with bronze (“brass”) hilt and 25” curved, narrow fullered blade marked THOs GRAVE(S) at the forte. We find no record of Thomas Graves as a sword cutler. Sir Thomas Graves was Commodore-Governor of Newfoundland in 1761 and Labrador in 1764 following the French and Indian War. He served through the Revolution, at Chesapeake Bay and into the Napoleonic Wars until his death in 1802. Whether it is his name which appears on this blade is a matter of speculation. Pattern seldom encountered today and notably without the “M-....” markings indicative of English militias which did not serve in North America.