Dress Sword and Scabbard

Object Number: 
1916.18ab
Date: 
ca. 1862
Medium: 
Steel, brass, ivory, gilding; brass, gilding
Dimensions: 
Overall: 39 7/8 x 4 3/4 x 1 3/4 in. ( 101.3 x 12.1 x 4.4 cm )
Marks: 
etched: on reverse of blade: "E. PLURI / BUS / UNUM"
Description: 
Dress sword with straight, single-edged steel blade with two fullers, one broad and one narrow, and etched designs on obverse and reverse; gilded brass cross quillons with domed, concentric circles, the outermost with leaf and berry design, at center on either side; quillons in the form of open triangles with incurving sides enclosing a flattened ball at the center; grips faced with ivory plaques carved with linear patterns, and finished with a plain strip of gilded brass on either side; pommel in the form of a conventionalized helmet; gilded brass scabbard with upper band with two carrying rings, middle band with one carrying ring, and tip with rudimentary drag; obverse of scabbard engraved with a shield and eagle on top half and a star on bottom half surrounded by stylized floral motifs.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this sword was used by David Austen Ryerson, who served in Co. C, 13th Regiment, New Jersey Volunteers, during the Civil War. As of August 22, 1862, Ryerson had attained the rank of captain.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Miss Margery Austen Ryerson
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group