Marine officer's sword and scabbard

Object Number: 
1956.104ab
Date: 
ca. 1841
Medium: 
Steel, brass, ivory, textile, gilding; white metal, brass, gilding
Dimensions: 
Overall: 39 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 1 1/8 in. ( 100.3 x 14 x 2.9 cm )
Marks: 
etched: on obverse of blade: "US / Marin[es]" etched: on reverse of blade: "F. W. / Widmann / Philadelphia"
Description: 
Sword with slightly curved, single-edged steel blade with a broad fuller that appears to bifurcate about 13 inches from the point of the blade and etched insignia and ornamental motifs on obverse and reverse; grips composed of two ivory plaques shaped in the Mameluke pattern and fastened on either side of a brass frame which holds the tang of the blade and forms a band between them; two rivets with star-shaped brass heads pass through the ivory plaques and the tang, holding plaques and blade together; pommel is pierced, with gold cord with tassel threaded through hole, which is lined with brass; cross quillons, which terminate in acorn finials, are cast in one piece with ears and langets; brass parts of hilt retain traces of gilding; white metal scabbard with gilded brass mounts consisting of a plain band at throat, upper and middle bands, each with one carrying ring, and drag with flower and leaves molded on either side.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this sword belonged to the donor's father, Colonel Matthew R. Kintzing (1822-1893). Kintzing was appointed to the U.S. Marine Corps and commissioned 2nd lieutenant in 1841; he was commissioned colonel on December 5, 1867.
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Miss Mary E. Kintzing
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group