Original U.S. Civil War M1850 Army Staff & Field Officer Sword by C. Roby with Etched Blade - Relic Condition

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Just received out of an old collection along with about 100 other swords!  This is an absolutely original Model 1850 Staff and Field Officer's Sword with half basket brass hilt decorated with pierced floral decorations, and a custom ordered etched blade.

The slightly curved blade of 31 3/4 inches is in good 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, with a nice aged dark patina, which is marked on one side with the maker information:

C. Roby & Co.
W. Chelmsford

C. Roby & Co. was one of the manufacturers of Swords used before and during the Civil War. They were one of the smaller manufactures, but still made fine quality swords, and could me made to order, such as this one was.

Condition of the sword is in "relic condition", and it is offered without the original scabbard, which was lost long ago. The original grip covering looks to have been sharkskin, which is all but gone, with just a trace at the base, where there is also a bit of the original wrapping. The grip is otherwise bare wood. 

The hilt is of brass, and unfortunately has sustained some bending to the guard and cross guard. It is however a lovely dark color, only achieved from decades of storage.

Clearly a Sword that was especially ordered for a serving Officer in the
Civil War, in relic condition, ready to restore or display as is!

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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