CIVIL WAR MODEL 1850 FOOT OFFICER’S SWORD PRODUCED BY COLLINS & COMPANY

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Presented here is a fine, original, Civil War Model 1850 foot officer’s sword complete with leather scabbard manufactured by the highly regarded Hartford, Connecticut firm of Collins and Company and sold by Schuyler, Hartley, Graham & Company. Collins, an ax and edged tool manufacturer since 1826, had its facility located in Canton, CT and in 1861 and 1862 produced blades and some complete edged weapons of the highest quality. It is said their products were equal, and often superior, to the workmanship of the best sword makers of the time. Collins’ blades appear on swords and sabers by different assemblers and retailers in both dated and undated configurations.

This handsome, regulation infantry officer’s edged weapon is in wonderful condition and exhibits a high-grade, etched steel blade that measures 31” long by 1 1/8” wide and has a total overall length of 37”. A stopped fuller on the blade runs from the ricasso for 21 ½” and also has an integrated, narrow, 14½” fuller. On the blade is a beautifully etched design that extends for a length of approximately 11” on the flats. The acid-etched design features the letters “U S” flanked by delicate foliate done in gold! Obverse blade has the same style etching and features an eagle atop a shield device…also done in gold! Reverse ricasso has sharp and clear maker marks that read “COLLINS & CO / HARTFORD / CONN. / 1862” in small block letters. The obverse ricasso reads, “S. H. G. & Co. / 19 / Maiden Lane / New York” in engraved script. Entire blade, is bright and clean. The wonderfully cast, ornate, brass hilt features a deep guard and knucklebow with a nicely cast face that displays flowers and oak leaf scrolls. The red leather washer is present at the ricasso. The grips are in original, superb condition and consist of a finely made wooden handle that is wrapped in ray skin and bound with double-twisted, brass wire and wound around the center-swell handle. Pommel is decorated with ornate, laurel leaf scrollwork and features a tiered flat domed brass cap. Casting of the hilt and pommel is well defined.

The black leather scabbard, with its clean brass furniture and drag, is quite attractive. The brass throat, middle mount, and drag are all finely engraved in a most appealing fashion. The three brass components still have their original retaining screws intact and are tight and secure. No maker’s stamp exists on the scabbard. The leather is solid and strong and shows no cracking or flaking. There are two breaks that were professionally repaired.

This original and very fine Model 1850 foot officer’s sword is a beautiful example of a high quality, Civil War edged weapon. Made by Collins & Company and sold by Schuyler, Hartley, Graham & Company. [jet]

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