These photos are taken from a post long ago in the beginning of this blog during our last family trip to Brazil. My oldest brother sent an email asking if we knew anything about this sword and I was able to direct him to this post. From here, sister-in-law Maristela (Col. of the Brazilian Army and curator of military history museum in Rio) was able to gather information from a colleague who is a specialist in military historical items, and it turns out he knows everything about the sword, which turned out to be a rare specimen, see below. We also discovered much about this great-great-grandfather, most especially that his son, with the same name as our grandfather, was a priest and Chair of Philosophy at a northwest university and an amateur historian and scientist.
To record things, even very simply, can be crucial sometimes. Number One and I are purchasing the sword and donating it to the Military Museum in the Copacabana Fort in Rio.
Data de nascimento:21/Outubro/1847\
Joaquim Antunes de Oliveira - Conego honorário da extincta Capella Imperial por C. I. de 5 de Abril de 1879 e Vigário da Matriz de Santa Rita, (...)
"É um sabre de oficial modelo 1851/52.Modelo amplamente usado pelos oficiais na GTA.
Fabricante PDL de Solingen.
Lâmina produzida em aço carbono com guarda e bainha feitas de alpaca.
Corresponde ao período da GTA.
Valor : 2000,00 /3000,00."