Original U.S. Civil War Era Army Officer's M1860 Dress Sword by Ridabock & Co. with Scabbard
Original Item: Only One Available. Just received out of an old collection along with about 100 other swords! This is the standard Union Officer's Dress or Parade Sword Model 1860, as issued during the Civil War. It has a very nice partially etched 30" blade with foliage designs, which is marked on the ricasso by the maker/retailer:
- & Co.
Ridabock & Co. were New York-based manufacturers and dealers in uniforms & equipment, and at one time were based at 251 Fifth Avenue. Like all "Military Outfitters" they offered numerous private purchase items for officers. This sword may have been made by them, or made under contract by an outside maker.
The etched design has U.S. on one side along with other military designs, and looks to have a Federal "Eagle" design on the other. The sword measures 35 1/2" overall, and the hilt and "shell" Guard are of bronze/brass alloy and the grip is wire bound sharkskin. It has a minimized guard on the inner side, to avoid irritation. It comes in its original decorated brass mounted steel scabbard, which originally was fully nickel plated, but now has about 40% remaining, mostly on the reverse. The rest is a nice gray steel patina.
Condition is very good, with a great look and patina. The gilding on the hilt is still retained in the recesses and under the guard, and is quite attractive. The sharkskin grip is mostly intact, and still has its brass wrapping. The hilt is a bit loose on the tang, which is common when the leather "buffer" wears away.
Just out of the attic but ready display!
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