Sword, scabbard, leather cover and tassel
Steel, other metal, bone; metal; leather
Overall: 40 1/8 x 4 3/4 x 3 in. ( 101.9 x 12.1 x 7.6 cm )
etched: on reverse of blade: "SPRINGFIELD / ARMORY / SPRINGFIELD / Mass., U.S.A." and "U. S." handwritten in ink: inside flap of chamois cover: "Major John H. / Marsching"
Sword with curved, single-edged steel blade with etched military symbols, eagle insignia and floral decoration on obverse, and similar decoration framing initials "U.S." on reverse; white metal (aluminum?) hilt with bone grip with carved finger grooves; counter-guard with three branches on obverse side that meet at mid-point of knuckle bow; bird's head pommel with backstrap extending to ferrule at base of grip; white metal scabbard (b) with two carrying rings and asymmetrical drag; fitted chamois cover with single button closure (c); detached leather tassel (d).
The original owner of this sword, Major John H. Marsching, served in the 2nd Division, A.E.F., U.S. Army, during World War I.
Gift of Mrs. John H. Marsching
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.