Sword and scabbard
Steel, brass, fish skin, textile; steel, brass
Overall: 40 x 4 1/2 x 3 3/8 in. ( 101.6 x 11.4 x 8.6 cm )
stamped: on obverse of blade near hilt: a four-legged animal (a bear or otter?) in left-facing profile etched: on lower half of obverse of blade: "PRESENTED / TO / LIEUTENANT / McLEAN / BY / HIS / COMRADES / LIEUT / A. E. WHITE / SERGTS / J. J. WHITE / W
Presentation sword with straight, double-edged steel blade with etched designs and inscriptions on obverse and reverse; blade is diamond-shaped in cross section; brass counter-guard consisting of two shell-shaped pieces, a fixed piece on obverse side with molded eagle and banners, and a hinged piece on reverse side with shield superimposed on crossed arms and oak and laurel leaf sprays; knuckle-bow with molded flower and scroll motif at center on either side; grip covered with fish skin and wrapped with twisted wire; pommel in the form of a section of an inverted cone with shield-breasted eagle molded on obverse side, blank panel framed by scrolls molded on reverse, and cap with radial design of leaves separated by beads cast separately; gold and black acorn-shaped textile ornament on strip of gold metallic cloth tape threaded through hole pierced in end of knuckle-bow adjacent to pommel; steel scabbard with brass mounts, including upper band with two carrying rings, middle band with one carrying ring, and slightly asymmetrical drag with molded decoration.
This sword was presented to Lieutenant-Colonel Robert McLean in Brooklyn, on January 21, 1895.
Gift of the 7th Regiment, National Guard New York, through Major Kenneth Miller
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