Sword and scabbard

Object Number: 
1939.506ab
Date: 
ca. 1861
Medium: 
Steel, brass, fish skin; steel, brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 39 x 5 1/2 x 3 5/8 in. ( 99.1 x 14 x 9.2 cm )
Marks: 
etched: on obverse of blade near hilt: "W. H. / Horstmann / & Sons / PHILADELPHIA" etched: on obverse of blade near center: "E PLURIBUS / UNUM" on banner stamped: on reverse of blade near hilt: crowned male head in left-facing profile etched: on revers
Description: 
Presentation 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 leaf and scroll design on obverse side incorporating initials "US" and quillon with scroll finial; fish skin covered in charcoal gray fish skin and wrapped with wire; helmet-shaped pommel with oak leaf and acorn border centering a flower; steel scabbard with brass upper and middle bands with one carrying ring each, the upper band also with inscription, and brass tip with slightly asymmetrical drag.
Gallery Label: 
This sword, identified in the accession records as a "U.S. Army officer's sword," was presented to Colonel John Stoneacre Ellis by the First California Guard Light Battery on May 30, 1861.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Augustus Van Horne Ellis
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group