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Sword w/scabbard: eagle on quillon

Object Number: 
1946.208ab
Date: 
ca. 1895
Medium: 
Steel, brass, fish skin; aluminum, brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 41 x 4 1/2 x 3 1/4 in. ( 104.1 x 11.4 x 8.3 cm )
Marks: 
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
Description: 
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.
Gallery Label: 
Harold L. Peterson identifies Henry V. Allien & Co. as "sword cutlers" located in New York City in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century (see "The American Sword, 1775-1945," p. 233).
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Estate of Col. J. Mayhew Wainwright
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group