Sword w/scabbard

Object Number: 
1951.398ab
Date: 
1840-1870
Medium: 
Steel, brass; leather, brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 39 x 4 5/8 x 2 1/2 in. ( 99.1 x 11.7 x 6.4 cm )
Description: 
Sword with straight, single-edged steel blade with fuller running from ricasso almost to point; brass hilt cast in one piece with grip ribbed in imitation of wire wrapping, globular pommel, double kidney-shaped counter-guard with piece on obverse side roughly perpendicular to blade and piece on reverse side angled downward, and short flared quillon with oval button finial; black leather scabbard with brass mount with elongated frog stud at throat and brass tip with slightly asymmetrical drag.
Gallery Label: 
This sword represents a type adopted by the War Department in 1840 for use by noncommissioned officers. The model was still worn by American sergeants in the early years of the twentieth century. This particular example is described in the accession records as "Non-Commissioned Officer's sword (State Service, N.Y.), 1860-68."
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