Sword w/scabbard

Object Number: 
1936.439ab
Date: 
ca. 1860
Medium: 
Steel, brass, wood, gilding; steel, brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 38 1/4 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/4 in. ( 97.2 x 11.4 x 5.7 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: on reverse of blade below hilt: "P[or B]" (in recessed oval) stamped: on obverse of blade below hilt: "S" (in recessed shield)
Description: 
Medical staff sword with straight, double-edged steel blade with etched designs on obverse and reverse; blade is diamond-shaped in cross section; gilded brass hilt with wooden grip with carved ridges; counter-guard consisting of two shell-shaped pieces, a fixed piece with eagle molded in relief on obverse side and a hinged piece without decoration on reverse side; short quillon with oval button finial; pommel shaped like a section of an inverted cone with eagle on obverse side and shield on reverse; knuckle-bow decorated with a pair of thunderbolts centering a flower on either side; steel scabbard with brass mounts, including a narrow band at throat, upper and middle bands with clips attached to carrying rings, and asymmetrical drag.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this sword was used by the donor's father, Dr. Gabriel Grant (1826-1909), who served as Surgeon of the 2nd New Jersey Volunteers, and later as Surgeon-in-Chief of Division, during [and after?] the Civil War.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Madison Grant
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group