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Donald R Tharpe – Virginia Collector Ordered to Return Civil War-Era Sword

Published By Joshua Axelrod • Published at 10:11 am on June 20, 2013

Donald Tharpe, the sword’s current owner, found it in Gettysburg, Pa., in the mid-1980s. He bought the Tiffany silver sword for $35,000 in 1992.

But in 2010, the university filed a lawsuit against him after he tried to loan the sword to Lee Hall Mansion in Newport News, Va. Judge Douglas Miller eventually ordered Tharpe to return the sword to Brown, reported the Providence Journal.

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