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Sword stolen decades ago on way back to Brown University

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A Brown University spokesman said a Virginia antiques collector has turned over a Civil War-era sword that was stolen from the Ivy League school in the 1970s. Last week, a federal judge in Virginia ordered Williamsburg collector Donald Tharpe to surrender the Tiffany silver sword to Brown. Tharpe bought it for $35,000 in 1992 after it had passed among dealers for years. A Brown spokesman told The Providence Journal Monday that Tharpe has given the sword to a Virginia attorney who represented the university and that it is being shipped to Providence.

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