Sword w/scabbard

Object Number: 
1948.4ab
Date: 
ca. 1859
Medium: 
Steel, brass, fish skin; leather, brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 36 x 5 x 2 1/2 in. ( 91.4 x 12.7 x 6.4 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: on obverse of blade below hilt: "HORSTMANN" stamped: on reverse of blade below hilt: "NEW YORK"
Description: 
Sword with curved, single-edged steel blade with two fullers, one broad and one narrow, and etched designs on obverse and reverse; brass hilt with grip covered in gray fish skin and wrapped with braided wire; knuckle-bow with molded floral band at center with branch below on obverse side that extends to center of side of elliptical counter-guard; quillon with leaf and flower-molded globular finial; helmet-shaped pommel with leaf and berry border centering a flower; leather scabbard with three brass mounts consisting of a band at throat with one carrying ring, a middle band with one carrying ring, and a tip with ball finial.
Gallery Label: 
This sword was worn by Benjamin G. Edmonds (1821-1895), the donor's father, when his portrait was painted by Seymour J. Guy. That portrait is also in the N-YHS Collection.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Charles G. Edmonds
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group