Original U.S. Militia Staff Officers Parade Sword with Bone Grip & Scabbard c. 1840-1850
Original Item: Only One Available. This was recently discovered out of a massive collection. As a whole, the sword is in quite good condition for being almost two-hundred years old. This was manufactured for use by staff officers of the militia, but it is not unreasonable to think it could have been used by any ranking officer of that time.
Swords of this design are pre-Civil War, rough estimated date circa 1840-1850. The cruciform-style brass crossguard and chappe is in good shape, with limited patina and a touch of the original gilt retained, and bears the emblematic shield in the center. The pommel is a cast of a medieval knight’s head and holds one end of the chain connected to the knuckle guard. The chain is somewhat tarnished from time and exposure.
The blade is believed to be an 1834 pattern with a double-edge and thin central fuller that runs half the length of the blade The steel still retains little of its original shine, with good edge and point, and lightly frosted etching.
The blade is full of floral motifs that arise up to a pair of flags on spearhead poles, which flank a pole with a liberty cap on top. and rays of a sunburst over that are topped by a scrolling, leafy vine that is mirrored in the leaf-like sides of the end of the frosted panel. The reverse has a long floral scroll leading up to a small, vine-covered panoply of arms, above which are more floral elements and a typical Ames American eagle with an E Pluribus Unum ribbon above, with stars and sun beams above. As on the opposite side, the panel terminates with more floral scrolls and a leaf-edged end of the frosting.
Such as with the hilt components, the scabbard is made of brass, with not much of the gilt remaining, except in a few glorious spots. There is no rusting, patina or major tarnishing to the scabbard. All rings are missing, there are scattered dents and a few cracks present as well.
This is truly an exceptionally rare pre-Civil war item, and something that not only isn’t seen everyday, but an item we won’t expect to have up for grabs for too long.
Overall length: 38”
Scabbard length: 32 ”
Blade length: 31”
Crossguard: 5 ½”
Weight: 2 lbs. 10 ¼ oz
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