Field Officer's Sword and Scabbard

Object Number: 
1951.380ab
Date: 
ca. 1857
Medium: 
Steel, brass, fish skin; steel, brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 40 x 5 x 3 1/2 in. ( 101.6 x 12.7 x 8.9 cm )
Marks: 
etched: on obverse of blade: "Ames Mfg Co / Chicopee / Mass" etched: on reverse of blade: "US" stamped: on upper band of scabbard (reverse side): "AMES MFG. CO. / CHICOPEE / MASS"
Description: 
Sword with slightly curved, single-edged steel blade with two fullers, one broad and one narrow, and etched designs on obverse and reverse; brass half-basket hilt with openwork flower and scroll design incorporating initials "US" on obverse side and quillon with scroll finial; grip covered in fish skin and wrapped with wire; helmet-shaped pommel with leaf border centering a flower; blackened steel scabbard with brass mounts consisting of upper band with carrying ring, middle band with carrying ring, and tip with drag.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this sword was worn by Lt.-Colonel William H. Kipp, ex. Co. D, 7th Regiment, National Guard New York. Kipp served the 7th Regiment from 1857 to 1908.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the 7th Regiment, National Guard New York, through Major Kenneth Miller
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group