Original U.S. Civil War Era Army Officer's M1860 Dress Sword with Scabbard

Item Description

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 etched 30" steel blade, bearing the usual Federal Eagle and stands of arms. There is not any maker or outfitter listed on the blade, possibly because the etching has worn off the ricasso.

The sword measures 35 1/2" overall, and the hilt and "shell" Guard are of bronze/brass alloy and the grip is wire bound leather. Overall the hilt is loose on the tang, and shows a lot of wear and age. The guard looks to be a bit bent, and the blade buffer is missing as well. The leather on the grip is worn, and this definitely looks to have seen a lot of service.

The guard has a lovely federal eagle design, typical of this pattern. It has a minimized guard on the inner side, to avoid hip irritation. It comes in its original brass mounted nickel plated steel scabbard, which unfortunately has lost the drag fitting.

Condition is good, with a great look and patina on the sword and scabbard. The blade is relatively worn, and no longer shows the etching very well, but it has no major damage or dents.

Just out of the attic but ready display!

Blade length: 29 3/4”
Overall length: 35 1/2”
Handguard: 4”W x 5 1/2”L
Scabbard length: 30" (missing drag)

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