Sword w/scabbard

Object Number: 
1956.161ab
Date: 
1840-1850
Medium: 
Steel, brass, leather; steel
Dimensions: 
Overall: 38 1/4 x 5 1/4 x 1 1/8 in. ( 97.2 x 13.3 x 2.9 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: on reverse of blade below hilt: "HORSTMANN / & SONS" stamped: on obverse of blade below hilt: "PHILADELPHIA"
Description: 
Saber with curved, single-edged steel blade with two fullers, one broad and one narrow; brass hilt with heavy, four-sided knuckle-bow decorated with a band with three ridges at center flanked by leaf panels, and curved quillon with disk finial with molded rosette on either side; grip covered in leather and wrapped with twisted wire; helmet-shaped pommel with smooth, domed top and leaf border centering a flower; steel scabbard with two carrying rings and asymmetrical drag.
Gallery Label: 
In accordance with regulations in effect from 1840 to 1850, sabers of this type were used by mounted officers of both artillery and infantry (see Harold Peterson, "The American Sword, 1775-1945," pp. 118-119).
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Bayard Verplanck
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group