Steel, brass, wood, gilding; steel, brass
Overall: 38 1/4 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/4 in. ( 97.2 x 11.4 x 5.7 cm )
stamped: on reverse of blade below hilt: "P[or B]" (in recessed oval) stamped: on obverse of blade below hilt: "S" (in recessed shield)
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.
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.
Gift of Madison Grant
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