Sword w/scabbard

Object Number: 
1941.1165ab
Date: 
1800-1830
Medium: 
Steel, leather; leather, steel
Dimensions: 
Overall: 32 5/8 x 5 1/2 x 1 1/8 in. ( 82.9 x 14 x 2.9 cm )
Description: 
Sword with curved, single-edged steel blade; steel stirrup hilt with reverse P-type knuckle-bow, narrow counter-guard, and quillon with disk finial; grip covered with leather and wrapped with wire; bird's head pommel with backstrap extending to narrow ferrule at base of grip; leather scabbard with steel throat with hole pierced at center on obverse (missing frog stud and tip).
Gallery Label: 
This sword is described in the accession records as a "U.S. dragoon saber [of] German type." This identification is based on illustrations in Smithsonian Institution Bulletin No. 163 (p. 34).
Credit Line: 
Gift of John Ward Dunsmore
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group