Sword w/scabbard: U.S.

Object Number: 
1939.505ab
Date: 
1840-1870
Medium: 
Steel, brass; brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 41 1/4 x 5 1/4 x 3 3/8 in. ( 104.8 x 13.3 x 8.6 cm )
Marks: 
etched: on obverse of bladenear center: "U.S." etched: on obverse of blade near hilt: "W. H. / Horstmann / & Sons / PHILADELPHIA" etched: on reverse of blade near center: "E Pluribus Unum" on banner (part of eagle insignia)
Description: 
Sword with straight, single-edged steel blade with a fuller extending from ricasso to point and etched designs on obverse and reverse; brass hilt with counter-guard consisting of two shell-shaped pieces, a fixed piece on the obverse side and a hinged piece on the reverse, and grip molded to resemble wire wrapping; counter-guard on obverse side is cast in one piece with knuckle-bow, the center of which is decorated with a floral motif on either side, and straight quillon with bulbous tip with molded ornament and small knob finial; urn-shaped pommel with molded ornamental band and flattened ball finial cast separately; brass scabbard with upper band with elongated frog stud and two carrying rings, middle band with one carrying ring, and slightly asymmetrical drag; elaborate engraving on upper half of obverse.
Gallery Label: 
This sword appears to conform to a model that was adopted by the Ordnance Department in 1840 for company officers of infantry. It is referred to as a "dress sword" in the accession records.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Augustus Van Horne Ellis
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group