Sword and scabbard
Steel, brass, silver, gilding; brass, gilding
Overall: 42 1/4 x 5 5/8 x 2 7/8 in. ( 107.3 x 14.3 x 7.3 cm )
etched: on reverse of blade below hilt: "TIFFANY & Co. / NEW YORK" engraved: on obverse of scabbard between carrying rings: "Captn. John H. Coster" engraved: on obverse of scabbard between lower carrying ring and tip: "Presented to Captn. John H. Coster
Presentation sword with slightly curved, single-edged steel blade with false edge, three-quarter length fuller, and etched designs highlighted with gilding on obverse and reverse; gilded brass half-basket hilt with openwork design on obverse side centering a disk with "US" (with the "S" inside the "U") in relief, quillon with lion head finial, and twisted knuckle-bow; silver grip with parallel grooves wound with wire; pommel in the form of a cuirass surmounted by a helmet; gilded brass scabbard with two carrying rings attached to foliate bands in high relief, asymmetrical drag with scroll motif, and engraved decoration and inscriptions.
Gift of Mrs. John H. Coster
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