Sword w/scabbard: eagle head pommel

Object Number: 
1949.29ab
Date: 
1840-1860
Medium: 
Steel, brass, ivory, enamel, gilding; brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 36 3/8 x 5 3/8 x 1 1/8 in. ( 92.4 x 13.7 x 2.9 cm )
Marks: 
incised: on gilt banner on obverse of blade: "E PLURIBUS / UNUM"
Description: 
Sword with straight, single-edged steel blade with wide fuller and designs done in gilding, blue enamel, and etching on obverse and reverse; brass cross quillons, carved ivory grip, and gilded brass eagle head pommel with chain that extends from beak to end of quillon; brass scabbard with oval frog stud, two carrying rings, and scrolling leaves and eagle insignia engraved on obverse.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this sword belonged to George Washington Matsell (1811-1877), a Major in the 146th Regiment of the New York Infantry.
Credit Line: 
Purchase
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group