A Virginia Cavalier
Molly Elliot Seawall's A Virginia Cavalier (1897), a romantic novel about George Washington, features a gold-handled sword on the cover. A sword symbolizes power and authority and evokes the era of knighthood and chivalry. The epigram for the novel reads:
Nature made Washington great—but he made himself virtuous.
Citation: A Virginia Cavalier. PZ7 .S442 Vi 1897. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA