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Sword w/scabbard: eagle on quillon

Object Number: 
1933.126ab
Date: 
ca. 1899
Medium: 
Steel, brass, fish skin; steel, nickel, brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 39 x 5 x 3 1/4 in. ( 99.1 x 12.7 x 8.3 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: on obverse of blade below hilt: "MADE IN FRANCE" stamped: on reverse of blade below hilt: "[RI]DABOCK & Co. / NEW-YORK" inside oval engraved: on reverse side of counter-guard: "Lieut. Kurtz Eppley U.S.A. / From His Comrades in Essex Troop."
Description: 
Sword with straight, double-edged steel blade with etching on obverse and reverse and diamond-shaped cross section; biloded brass counter-guard with molded eagle on obverse side and hinged section on reverse with inscription; quillon with lion mask finial; grip covered in fish skin and wrapped with wire; inverted cone-shaped pommel with plain shield on one side, eagle insignia on other side, and radial arrangment of leaves on top; nickeled steel scabbard with brass mounts consisting of an upper band with two rings, a middle band with one ring, and tip with drag.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, there was once attached to this sword a tag that read as follows: "Infantry sword / presented to Lt. Kurtz Eppley by / the Essex Troop, N.G.N.J. upon his / being commissioned 2nd Lt. 15 U.S. Infantry / Apr. 10, 1899 / This sword carried by him in / Cuba enroute to China / in Boxer Rebellion & in the Philippines / Islands in garrison until 1902 / when the saber was ordered / for all branches of the service for / officers / K. E. Mar. 25/33."
Credit Line: 
Gift of Captain Kurtz Eppley
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group