Original Mid-Late 20th Century U.S. Navy Model 1852 Officer’s Sword with Scabbard and Portepee
Original Item. Only One Available. This sword is the official United States Navy Model 1852 Pattern, and is marked U.S.N. on the blade, as well as on the hand guard. The brass mounts on the scabbard and around the bottom show Sea monsters and twisted rope knots for the hanger loop bolsters, as is required for this Pattern. The slim blade is fully etched and nickel plated, and is only marked on the ricasso:
From what we have seen, this company produced private purchase swords during the mid to late 20th century, and were often available for purchase at many outfitters in the U.S. Naval Academy area. The pattern was in use for well over 100 years, originally starting with a wider slightly curved blade. This example has a fully straight blade just under 3/4 inch in width, so it is definitely recent issue.
The hilt is standard heavily sculpted brass with ray skin grip secured with brass wire. The guard basket is embossed with Oak leaves and acorns and displays the letters U.S.N. on a banner. All the brass was then gold washed/gold plated. The pommel shows an eagle surrounded by 13 Stars.
The triple etched blade is in excellent condition, with almost no wear to speak off, and the original plating almost fully intact. There is just a bit of bubbling near the tip on one side keeping it from being complete. The Sword even comes with its original Portepee (Sword Knot) attached to the sword's pommel. The Scabbard is in very good condition, with light wear to the leather covering.
A very nice example of a U.S. Navy Model 1852 Officer's sword, ready to display!
Overall length: 36 ½”
Blade length: 30 3/4”
Handguard: 5” wide x 5 1/2” long
Scabbard length: 31 1/2”
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