Sword, Scabbard and Sash
Steel, brass, silver, textile; leather, brass, gilding
Overall: 40 x 4 3/4 x 3 in. ( 101.6 x 12.1 x 7.6 cm )
stamped: on reverse of blade below hilt: "COLLINS & CO / HARTFORD / CONN / 1862" embossed: on middle band of scabbard (reverse side): "US"
Sword with slightly curved, single-edged steel blade with etched decoration on obverse and reverse; gilded brass half-basket hilt with openwork flower and scroll design incorporating initials "US" on obverse side and quillon with globular finial with incised scroll motif; silver grip with molded ridges wrapped with twisted wire; helmet-shaped pommel with leaf border and leaf design incised on top; maroon silk knit sash with a large tassel at either end tied to knuckle-bow; leather scabbard with gilded brass mounts consisting of upper and middle bands with carrying rings and drag, all with engraved designs (scabbard cannot be removed from sword).
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.