Sword, scabbard and shoulder belt

Object Number: 
1941.1168a-c
Date: 
ca. 1830
Medium: 
Steel, leather
Dimensions: 
Overall: 31 1/2 x 6 x 1 in. ( 80 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: on reverse of blade near hilt adjacent to illegible maker's mark: "GF"
Description: 
Sword with curved, single-edged steel blade with three-quarter length fuller; steel hilt with leather-covered grip; curved quillon with disk finial; oval pommel joined to strip of metal that extends to ferrule at base of grip; leather scabbard with steel throat, heart-shaped frog stud, and ball tip; white leather shoulder belt with holster (frog) for sword.
Gallery Label: 
This sword is described in the accession records as a "German-made saber, dragoon type probably used by U.S. Army enlisted men." The stamped initials "GF," the mark of U.S. Inspector of Arms George Flegel, lends credence to this assessment.
Credit Line: 
Gift of John Ward Dunsmore
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group