Sword (bayonet) w/scabbard: Vincereo Moriri...

Object Number: 
X.3ab
Date: 
1800-1830
Medium: 
Steel, brass; brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 39 3/4 x 4 x 1 in. ( 101 x 10.2 x 2.5 cm )
Marks: 
etched: on obverse of blade: "Vincere o Morire" etched: on reverse of blade: "Liberta, Egualianza"
Description: 
Sword (hanger) with curved, single-edged steel blade with two fullers, one broad and one narrow, and etched inscriptions, "Vincere o Morire" and "Liberta, Egualianza," on obverse and reverse; brass hilt with C-shaped knuckle-bow, grip with parallel ridges, pommel, and backstrap cast in one piece; brass scabbard with two carrying rings and asymmetrical drag.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this sword (hanger) is similar to examples pictured and described in Smithsonian Institution Bulletin No. 163 (plate 38).
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group