Sword and scabbard

Object Number: 
1951.389ab
Date: 
ca. 1874
Medium: 
Steel, brass, fish skin, gilding; steel, brass, gilding
Dimensions: 
Overall: 37 1/2 x 4 3/4 x 3 1/2 in. ( 95.2 x 12.1 x 8.9 cm )
Marks: 
etched: on obverse of blade below hilt: "AMES / MFG. Co. / CHICOPEE / MASS." etched: on obverse of blade near center: "U.S." engraved: on underside of counter-guard (reverse side): "Lieut. E. L. Nicoll / FROM / Co. H / 7th REGT, N.G.S.N.Y. / Recruit Cla
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 twisted wire; counter-guard consisting of two shell-shaped pieces with emblems molded in relief, a shield-breasted eagle on obverse side and a shield superimposed on crossed arms on reverse side; reverse section of counter-guard is hinged and may be lowered when a button underneath is depressed and has inscription engraved on underside; flared quillon with oval button finial molded with the face of a lion; pommel shaped like a section of an inverted cone, with an eagle on the obverse side and a blank shield on the reverse; knuckle-bow decorated on either side with a pair of thunderbolts centering a flower; blackened steel scabbard with gilded brass mounts consisting of a narrow band at throat, upper and middle bands with molded leaf and berry motif, the former with two rings and the latter with one, and symmetrical drag with crossed flags molded on obverse side and a single star on the reverse.
Gallery Label: 
According to a note in the accession records, this type of sword was used by field officers in the 7th Regiment from 1870 to 1905.
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