Sword and scabbard in case

Object Number: 
1949.133ab
Date: 
ca. 1862
Medium: 
Steel, brass, gilding, mother of pearl, gem, silver; textile, brass, gilding, mother of pearl; wood, textile, glass, metal
Dimensions: 
Part (sword): 37 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (95.3 x 14 x 8.9 cm) Case: 4 3/4 x 42 1/4 x 7 3/4 in. ( 12.1 x 107.3 x 19.7
Marks: 
etched: on obverse of blade near hilt: "IRON PROOF" etched: on obverse of blade near center: "E PLURIBUS UNUM" on banner (part of eagle insignia) and "USA" carved: on reverse of grip: "UNION" etched: on reverse of blade near hilt: "H. SAUERBIER. / Make
Description: 
Presentation sword with slightly curved, single-edged steel blade with two fullers, one broad and one narrow, and etched designs with gilding on obverse and reverse; gilded brass hilt with mother of pearl grips with an angel hovering above a ship carved in low relief on obverse side and a female allegorical figure representing "Union" carved on the reverse; knuckle-bow decorated with molded chain motif and applied mother of pearl on outside and molded flower with leaves and berries on the inside; openwork counter-guard incorporating shield made of mother of pearl on obverse side and monogram on the reverse; quillon with sea monster head finial; helmet-shaped pommel with applied decoration, including stylized eagles' heads combined with foliate motifs on either side, and a pale purple gem (amethyst?) in oval silver setting mounted on top; blue textile-covered scabbard with three ornate gilded brass mounts, each with carved mother of pearl ornament mounted at center with a fouled anchor in relief below; throat and middle band each with a leaf-molded carrying ring joined to a sea monster-shaped loop; tip with symmetrical drag with serrated edge and leaf and scroll decoration; engraved inscription on reverse side of throat; sword and scabbard housed in a rectangular wooden box with hinged glass lid and fitted interior with red velvet lining; brass plaque with inscription mounted on front edge of lid.
Gallery Label: 
This sword was presented April 24, 1862, to Captain Charles Stuart Boggs, U.S. Navy, "for meritorious services at New Orleans." Boggs, who served in the Navy from 1862 to 1866, was a nephew of Captain James Lawrence, commander of the U.S. frigate "Chesapeake" during the War of 1812.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Dr. James Lawrence Pool and Mr. Beekman Pool
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group