Original U.S. War of 1812 Officer's Fire Blued Eagle Head Sword with Ivory Grip and Leather Scabbard
Original item: Only One Available. The War of 1812 was a very strange War. The Americans invaded Canada, the British retaliated and burned the White House, Peace was declared and then the British lost the Battle of New Orleans because no one realized the War was over!
Here we have a very upmarket original Eagle Headed and ivory gripped U.S. Officer's sword from the 1812 War period. The sword is all brass mounted with a standard "P" hand guard and a a very nice "closed mouth" Eagle pommel. The grip is carved ribbed ivory or bone, an is fully intact, with lovely age toning and age lines. The grip and hand guard are somewhat loose, as the leather blade buffer is no longer present. The eagle's head is VERY well executed, and the langet on one side is a lovely Federal Eagle.
Overall it is 35 1/4 inches long, with a 30 inch long engraved and gold inlaid single edge curved blade. Each side has a fuller towards the spine, with some light engraving on the first 1/3 of the blade, which was originally all gold enhanced, much of which still remains. Also, much of the beautiful "fire blue" finish is present on the first half of the blade, something we rarely see! There is some wear, but the blue/purple color is still quite present, and even has some lovely designs at the transition to bright steel, done by masking the blade with lacquer, which was later removed. There is some light staining on the last 5 inches of the blade, as well as a bit near the cross guard, but nothing major.
This smart sword comes together with its original brass mounted leather scabbard with a single hanging ring, which still has part of the original hanger attached. Hard to find in this condition especially being complete with its original Scabbard. The leather has shrunk over the past 200 years, so it does not fully cover the blade anymore.
A truly lovely early U.S. sword, ready to display!
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