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Va. collector ordered to return sword to Brown U.

Thursday - 6/6/2013, 1:09pm  ET

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- A Virginia judge has ordered a Williamsburg antiques collector to return a Civil War-era sword that was stolen from Brown University in the 1970s.

The sword and ornamental scabbard were first presented to Col. Rush C. Hawkins for his service to the Union during the Civil War. It was included in a memorial that became part of the Rhode Island university in 1948. The memorial was closed in the mid-1970s as the university worked through budget problems, and when it was reopened the sword and other items were missing.

Civil War collector Donald Tharpe bought the sword in 1992. Brown had fought to have it returned.

The Virginian-Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/18Pc9LA ) U.S. Magistrate Judge Douglas Miller made the ruling on Wednesday following a trial over the sword's ownership in March.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com


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