Original U.S. American Eagle Pommel Officer Sword with Mother of Pearl Grip - Circa 1835
Original Item: Only One Available. First seen in 1794, the "Eagle Pommel" swords were a fixture of the early years of the United States. At the time there were no standardized officer sword patterns, and it was mainly left up to the officer on the type of sword they wanted, as well as the level of craftsmanship.
This lovely example has a 31 inch long blade, with a single wide fuller on each side extending half way down the blade. The body of the blade for most of the fuller is a lovely "Fire Blued" color, with gold highlighted engravings. There is some nice ornate scrollwork towards the end of the blued section. Like many early swords, there is no visible makers mark. The blade definitely has some rust issues, which have degraded the finish a little, but it is still quite attractive.
Sword has an elaborate cast and chased brass hilt with a fierce eagle pommel. It has a large "scallop shell" guard with the American Eagle, as well as "Columbia" wearing a roman style helmet, with a U.S. Shield. At the bottom of the scene it can be seen that Columbia has the British Crown under her feet, signifying the defeat of Britain. The grips are very attractive, and are flat carved mother of pearl.
The included tooled leather scabbard has nice brass fittings, with remnants of the original gilt finish. There are no sword hangers, as this was a type of scabbard designed to work with a sword frog. The leather has some nice criss-cross embossing, though unfortunately the drag and end of the scabbard are missing.
Overall a very desirable and notable pre-Civil War American officer sword in very good condition.
Blade Length: 31 inches
Overall Length: 35 3/4 inches
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