Antique Knights Templar Commanders Sword, M. C. Lilley & Co.

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Antique Knights Templar Commanders Sword, M. C. Lilley & Co.

I was cleaning out my attic recently and came across my great-grandfather's Templar sword that had been packed away for decades.  This is a high-grade Commander's Masonic Sword, manufactured by The M.C. Lilley & Company of Columbus, Ohio, circa 1882-1925.  The numbers "88" are stamped on the back side of the sheath, but I don't know if that is a date stamp or not.  Overall length is 36", the blade is 28" and knuckle guard, grip and pommel is 8".  My great-grandfather's name is engraved on the blade, but I  blurred it out of the picture for security reasons. 

It is a beautiful piece with little wear considering it's age. The blade has some minor wear I assume from use in and out of the sheath.  The intricate detail is amazing, and I tried to capture some of this in my camera shots.  The gold wash is in great shape compared to many I have seen on Ebay.  There is a knight's head depicted just below the grip and some have said it may be of King Richard I or better known as Richard the Lion Heart. 

Good Luck bidding and please email me if you need additional information or pictures.

I found the following information regarding these types of swords:

Pommel: Regardless of manufacturer, the pommel
almost always depicts a knight’s head. This does not distinguish the
sword as uniquely Templar as other fraternal swords such as the Knight’s
of Pythias depict a knight’s head as well.

Grip: The grip on a Templar sword is sometimes black
and sometimes ivory. Quite often it will depict the cross and crown
emblem of the order.  Some swords
will display a stylized Christian cross while others a triangle and
cross. Frequently Templar swords are engraved with the owner’s initials
on the grip.

Knuckle Guard: Templar sword knuckle guards
typically depict the cross and crown but many of the M. C. Lilley and Co.
swords show a knight’s head.

Blade: The blade of the Templar sword is
particularly ornate and will often depict crusader scenes. 
Virtually every Templar sword made in the last century and a half will
carry the engraved name of its owner.

Sheath: A nickel plated sheath indicates the sword
belonged to a Sir Knight, while a gold plated one is that of a Preceptor
(Canada) or Commander (United States). Like the blade, these sheaths are
very ornate and the markings will vary from manufacturer to
manufacturer.

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