Sword w/scabbard: floral design on blade
Steel, brass, ivory, enamel, gilding; brass
Overall: 39 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 1 1/4 in. ( 100.3 x 11.4 x 3.2 cm )
etched: on obverse of blade near hilt: "Warranted"
Sword with straight, evenly tapered, single-edged steel blade with full-length fuller; upper half of blade is decorated on both sides with etched designs on a ground of blue enamel and gilding; brass stirrup hilt with knuckle-bow decorated with three loops enclosing stylized flowers cast in one piece with straight quillon with disk finial with domed center and semi-circular langets with beaded design; scored ivory grip with brass ferrule at base; pommel in the form of a perched, shield-breasted eagle; brass scabbard with two carrying rings and rudimentary drag.
According to the accession records, a tag once attached to this sword indicated that it was worn by General Henry W. Benham, U.S. Army. This sword is similar to an example pictured in Smithsonian Institution Bulletin No. 163 (p. 30).
Gift of Mrs. Frederick Dielman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.