Original U.S. Civil War Era Model 1850 Army Staff & Field Officer Sword with Etched Blade & Scabbard
Original Item: Only One Available. This is an absolutely original Model 1850 Staff and Field Officer's Sword with half basket brass hilt decorated with pierced floral decorations and U.S. molded into the guard. This is definitely a high end special order sword, indicated by the multiple appointments, as well as the lovely etched designs on the blade. There is no maker marking on the blade, indicating that this was most likely a bespoke item, customized for the officer that owned it.
The grip is SHARK SKIN bound with twisted brass wire to secure the grip. This is very well retained, and the brass guard still retains a good amount of the original gilt finish, something we rarely see. The slightly curved blade of 31 1/2 inches is in great shape, with some lovely etching in the middle, with U.S. on one side, and the Federal Eagle on the other side. There are multiple military designs etched, as well as quite a lot of foliage motifs. Truly a lovely blade.
The leather scabbard has brass Officer's mounts to top, center and bottom. The thick leather body is solid, with no bends or breaks. There is some age and flaking of the black finish on the leather body, which does look to have been refinished at some point. The brass "drag" on the bottom of the scabbard shows only minor denting, with no major wear. There is even still a bit of the original gilt finish on the brass mounts.
Clearly a Sword that was especially ordered for a serving Officer in the Civil War Era, in really great shape, and ready to display!
Blade Length: 31 1/2"
Blade Style: Single Edged Slightly Curved with double Fullers
Overall length: 37 1/2“
Basket dimensions: 5" width x 4 1/2” length
Scabbard length: 32 1/2”
The Model 1850 Army Staff and Field Officer's Sword was carried by all members of staff departments, Field Grade officers of Artillery and Infantry, Company Grade Officers of Light Artillery, Staff Officers and Aides-de-Camp between 1850 and 1872. It was based on a French pattern. Though other swords were by regulation allowed, this model was by far the most popular sword carried by officers during the American Civil War. The Staff and Field Officers' Sword is distinct from the Model 1850 Army Foot Officer's Sword.
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