Sword, scabbard and holster

Object Number: 
1951.396ab
Date: 
ca. 1889
Medium: 
Steel, brass, ivory, gilding; leather, brass, gilding
Dimensions: 
without holster: 34 5/8 x 5 3/8 x 1 in. ( 87.9 x 13.7 x 2.5 cm )
Marks: 
etched: on obverse of blade: "Presented to Sergeant Henry C. Lima by his friends in the [E.I.A.S.?] June 17, 1889" etched: on reverse of blade near hilt: "RIDABOCK / & CO / NEW YORK"
Description: 
Presentation sword with straight, double-edged steel blade with central fuller running almost entire length and etched designs on obverse and reverse; inscribed to recipient on one side of blade; gilded brass cross quillons with flared ends, reeded ivory grip, and gilded brass pommel in the form of a conventionalized helmet; leather scabbard with gilded brass throat with elongated frog stud and tip with rudimentary drag; leather holster (frog) with sleeve for attachment to waist belt.
Gallery Label: 
Swords of this type were worn by First Sergeants in the 7th Regiment, National Guard New York, beginning in 1835, according to a note in the accession records.
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