Sword w/scabbard

Object Number: 
1923.65ab
Date: 
1840-1870
Medium: 
Steel, brass, gilding; steel, brass, gilding
Dimensions: 
Overall: 38 3/4 x 5 x 2 1/4 in. ( 98.4 x 12.7 x 5.7 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: on knuckle-bow (obverse side): "S / F.S.S." stamped: on base of pommel: "76 A"
Description: 
Sword with straight, single-edged steel blade with fuller running from ricasso almost to point; gilded brass hilt cast in one piece with grip ribbed in imitation of wire wrapping, globular pommel, kidney-shaped counter-guard on obverse side, and short flared quillon with oval button finial; blackened steel scabbard with gilded brass mount with elongated frog stud at throat and brass tip with slightly asymmetrical drag.
Gallery Label: 
This sword is identified in the accession records as a U.S. Infantry noncommissioned officer's sword. It is said to be similar to one described and pictured in Smithsonian Institution Bulletin No. 163 (plate 13, fig. 5).
Credit Line: 
Gift of Charles M. Lefferts
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group