Steel, brass, fish skin; aluminum, brass
Overall: 41 x 4 1/2 x 3 1/4 in. ( 104.1 x 11.4 x 8.3 cm )
stamped: on obverse of blade: "FRANCE"
etched: on banner (part of eagle insignia) on obverse of blade: "E PLURIBUS UNUM"
in relief: on brass disk inset below hilt on obverse of blade: "PROVED"
stamped: on reverse of blade: "H. V. ALLIEN & CO." inside o
Sword with curved, single-edged steel blade with wide fuller running down center and narrow fuller adjacent to blunt edge; obverse of blade engraved with stylized floral motifs and eagle insignia; reverse of blade engraved with stylized floral motifs and intertwined initials, "US"; cast brass half-basket type guard with molded eagle and thirteen stars surrounding base of grip, which is covered in fish skin and wrapped with wire; Phrygian helmet-shaped brass pommel with molded shield and laurel leaf border; scabbard made of aluminum, with mounts, including two carrying rings and drag, made of brass.
Gift of the Estate of Col. J. Mayhew Wainwright
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