Sword and scabbard
Steel, brass, fish skin; metal
Overall: 37 1/4 x 4 3/4 x 3 1/8 in. ( 94.6 x 12.1 x 7.9 cm )
engraved: on obverse of blade: "Fabrica de Toledo"
Sword with narrow, slightly curved, single-edged steel blade with three fullers, one broad and two narrow, and etched designs on obverse and reverse; brass half-basket hilt with grip covered in fish skin and wrapped with wire; counter-guard with shield surmounted by crown molded in relief on obverse side and hinged piece on reverse side; helmet-shaped pommel with leaf border and leaf-molded top surmounted by flattened ball finial; brass strip extends from pommel to brass ferrule at base of grip; white metal scabbard with two carrying rings and asymmetrical drag.
According to the accession records, this sword was used by the the donor's father, Emilio Buch (1833-1900), while serving as a volunteer in the 2nd Battalion, Cazadores Voluntarios de Matanzas, during the Cuban insurrection of the 1860s. Emilio Buch lived in New York City after his marriage, in 1870, to Eliza Baldwin.
Gift of Miss Emily Buch
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.