Sword w/scabbard

Object Number: 
X.98ab
Date: 
1800-1820
Medium: 
Steel, brass, ivory, enamel, gilding; brass, other metal, leather
Dimensions: 
Overall: 35 3/8 x 5 1/4 x 2 1/8 in. ( 89.9 x 13.3 x 5.4 cm )
Description: 
Sword with curved, single-edged steel blade with three-quarter length fuller and etched designs on blue enamel and gilding on obverse and reverse; brass hilt with ivory grip carved with diamond grid pattern; eagle head pommel with backstrap, and counter-guard of open design joined to broad knuckle-bow with upper end lodged in eagle's open beak; leather-covered metal scabbard with brass mount at throat with carrying ring, brass middle band with carrying ring, and brass tip.
Gallery Label: 
This sword is described in the accession records as a U.S. Army officer's saber "of the War of 1812" (source cited is Smithsonian Institution Bulletin No. 163). Swords of this type, however, were probably produced at late as 1821.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group