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Sword, scabbard and tassel

Object Number: 
1924.64ab
Date: 
1852-1862
Medium: 
Steel, brass, fish skin, textile, gilding; fisk skin, brass, gilding
Dimensions: 
Overall: 35 1/4 x 4 1/2 x 3 1/8 in. ( 89.5 x 11.4 x 7.9 cm )
Marks: 
etched: on obverse of blade below hilt: "Ames Mfg. Co. / Chicopee / Mass." etched: on obverse of blade near center: "U.S.N." on banner etched: on reverse of blade near center: "Capt. U. P. Levy" stamped: on throat of scabbard (reverse side): "AMES MFG.
Description: 
Sword with slightly curved, single-edged steel blade with two fullers, one broad and one narrow, and naval insignia etched on obverse and reverse; gilded brass counter-guard with openwork oak leaf and acorn motif with "USN" molded in relief on underside; grip covered in gray fish skin and wrapped with twisted wire; helmet-shaped pommel with eagle in oval frame studded with thirteen stars molded on top and oak leaf and acorn border; dolphin head at end of knuckle-bow joining pommel, and dolphin head finial on quillon; tassel on long cord attached to knuckle-bow; charcoal gray fish skin-covered scabbard with gilded brass carrying ring mounts, which are cast in high relief and resemble knotted rope, and gilded brass drag with fish-like appearance similar to "dolphins" on hilt.
Gallery Label: 
This sword was presented in memory of Jefferson M. Levy, the donor's brother. It originally belonged to their uncle, Commodore Uriah Phillips Levy (1792-1862).
Credit Line: 
Gift of Amelia Levy Mayhoff
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group