Sword w/scabbard: eagle on grip

Object Number: 
1951.393ab
Date: 
1840-1860
Medium: 
Steel, brass, gilding; steel, brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 34 1/4 x 4 x 1 1/8 in. ( 87 x 10.2 x 2.9 cm )
Marks: 
etched: on obverse of blade: "Philadelphia" etched: on reverse of blade: "Horstmann"
Description: 
Sword with straight, double-edged steel blade with etched plant motifs and crossed arrows on obverse and plant motifs, scrolls, and flags on reverse; blade elliptical in cross section; gilded brass hilt with grip, pommel, and guard cast in separate sections; molded, baluster-shaped grip with oval medallion with American eagle on either side; pommel in the form of a pineapple; guard consisting of scrolled quillons with molded floral decoration and central shield on either side, the obverse shield with six raised stars and laurel leaf border and the reverse shield undecorated; matte-surfaced steel scabbard with brass mounts, including frog stud with scroll decoration.
Gallery Label: 
W. H. Horstmann, who was primarily a retailer, imported completed swords and blades from Europe. The firm apparently did some hilting and possibly made scabbards as well. This sword corresponds in style with the type adopted, in 1840, as the regulation sword for medical officers of the United States Army.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the 7th Regiment, National Guard New York, through Major Kenneth Miller
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group