Original U.S. War of 1812 Army and Navy Officer's Eagle Head Sword with Five-ball Pattern Hilt
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a nice War of 1812 period Army and Navy officer's Eagle's Head pommel sword. The bone gripped brass mounted sword has a very nice "open with tongue" gilt eagle, and also has the popular "Five-ball" pattern on the cross guard and hand guard. While the five-ball pattern hilt faded from fashion in England and France in the 1790s, it remained popular in the United States. This type of "cut and thrust" sword, was popular with the US Artillery, U.S. Navy, and various Militia units.
The sword is 37 1/2 inches long, with a 32 inch long engraved single edge straight blade with a spear-point tip. Each side has a broad fuller towards the spine, with some light engraving on the first 1/3 of the blade. The old inlay is still somewhat visible, though unfortunately most of the original "fire blue" finish is worn away. There is also some light staining and surface pitting on the last half of the blade, but nothing major.
The original bone grips have a lovely cream color and a nice patina. They are just a bit loose on the tang, as is the cross guard. A very nice example of a classic War of 1812 sword, ready to hang on the wall!
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