Sword and scabbard
Steel, brass, fish skin; steel, brass
Overall: 39 x 5 1/2 x 3 5/8 in. ( 99.1 x 14 x 9.2 cm )
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
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.
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.
Gift of Mrs. Augustus Van Horne Ellis
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.