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Sword and scabbard

Object Number: 
1951.390ab
Date: 
ca. 1895
Medium: 
Steel, brass, fish skin, textile; steel, brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 40 x 4 1/2 x 3 3/8 in. ( 101.6 x 11.4 x 8.6 cm )
Marks: 
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
Description: 
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.
Gallery Label: 
This sword was presented to Lieutenant-Colonel Robert McLean in Brooklyn, on January 21, 1895.
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