Sword w/scabbard: U.S.N. on quillon

Object Number: 
1932.123ab
Date: 
ca. 1863
Medium: 
Steel, brass, fish skin, gilding; leather, brass, gilding
Dimensions: 
Overall: 36 1/4 x 5 x 3 1/8 in. ( 92.1 x 12.7 x 7.9 cm )
Marks: 
etched: on obverse of blade: "SCHNITZLER / & / KIRSCHBAUM / SOLINGEN" and "USN" (on flag) etched: on reverse of blade: "U.S.N." (on banner) in relief: on underside of counter-guard (obverse side): "USN"
Description: 
Sword with very slightly curved, single-edged steel blade with naval insignia etched on obverse and reverse; gilded brass counter-guard with openwork oak leaf and acorn motif with "USN" molded in relief on underside; grip covered in fish skin and wrapped with wire; Phrygian helmet-shaped pommel with oak leaf and acorn border and separately cast cap with eagle framed by thirteen stars; dolphin head at end of knuckle-bow joining pommel, and dolphin head finial on quillon; leather scabbard with gilded brass carrying ring mounts, which are cast in high relief and resemble knotted rope, and gilded brass drag with fish-like appearance similar to "dolphins" on hilt.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Miss I. W. Brinckerhoff
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group