Being on active duty at the United States Naval Academy, and having had the duty three or four mornings a week of conducting groups of the Plebes through the Museum, I have had ample opportunity of carefully looking at and fully appreciating the magnificent collection of naval memorabilia which is contained in the Museum, and which the Curator has so carefully collected and arranged.
The Museum contains a splendid collection of flags, paintings, ship models, autographs, swords, rifles, pistols, uniforms, cups, rings, photographs, an almost endless list of objects of historical interest. To pie, the great number and variety of swords is most interesting, and I shall describe the historical significance of a few of them.
Of great interest is the fact that we find swords of two types and purposes in the collection. The earlier swords, from the period of the Revolution up to 1813, are the Personal service swords of the officers of our Navy. However, in 1813 begins our record of a second type of sword, the commemorative sword, presented to distinguished American naval heroes by the appreciative and admiring citizens of various cities and states.