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Sword and scabbard

Object Number: 
1951.392ab
Date: 
ca. 1900
Medium: 
Steel, brass, fish skin, gilding; steel, brass, gilding
Dimensions: 
Overall: 39 x 4 3/4 x 4 1/4 in. ( 99.1 x 12.1 x 10.8 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: on obverse of blade below hilt: "H. V. ALLIEN & CO." etched: on reverse side of blade: "U.S." engraved: on counter-guard (reverse side): "2nd Lieut. Hugh Dalzell Jr. / from his comrades / in the / Fifth Company 7th Regt. N.G.N.Y. / Croton Dam N
Description: 
Presentation sword with straight, double-edged steel blade with etched designs on obverse and reverse; blade is diamond-shaped in cross section; gilded brass hilt with grip covered in fish skin and wrapped with wire; counter-guard consisting of two kidney-shaped pieces, a fixed piece on the obverse side with an eagle molded in relief and a hinged piece on the reverse side with engraved inscription; flared quillon with oval button finial decorated with incised lines radiating from center of face; pommel shaped like a section of an inverted cone with floral motif on top, an eagle on the obverse side, and a blank shield on the reverse; blackened steel scabbard with gilded brass mounts including plain band at throat, upper and middle bands with molded leaf and berry motif, the former with two rings and the latter with one, and tip with symmetrical drag with molded flower and leaves on either side.
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