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Prescott and Linzee swords

Prescott and Linzee swords Wooden plaque with crossed swords
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Two swords mounted together on a rectangular black walnut plaque commissioned by the Massachusetts Historical Society in 1859. The swords of Col. William Prescott and Capt. John Linzee are crossed through a carved wreath of olive-leaves, and over the leaves are two shields leaning against each other and bearing the Prescott and Linzee family crests. The inscription on Prescott sword reads: "The Sword of Col. William Prescott, and worn by him at the Battle of Bunker Hill, June 17, 1775." The inscription on the Linzee sword reads: "Sword of Capt. John Linzee R. N. who Commanded the British Sloop of War Falcon while acting against the Americans at the Battle of Bunker Hill, June 17, 1775."

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