IMPORT MODEL 1850 STAFF AND FIELD OFFICER’S SWORD

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Item Code: E2683

This original Model 1850 Staff and Field Officer’s sword is complete with the original metal scabbard and a wonderfully executed grip.

The drawn sword measures a total length of 38.50 inches from tip to pommel. The steel blade is 32.75 inches long with a 14.50 inch narrow fuller and a 23.50 inch wide stopped fuller. The blade surface is bright and in very clean condition. The true edge has no nicks. Both the obverse and reverse ricassos are blank with “IRON PROOF” etched on the spine. The blade surface is embellished via the acid etching process that features a linear and fern motif above each ricasso. The etching on the obverse side has panoply of flags above the ricasso with patriotic shields, a spread-winged eagle and an ”E PLURIBUS UNUM” riband scattered amidst a foliate design. The obverse of the blade follows the same pattern but it has a decorated “US” in place of the eagle and crossed flags in place of the riband. Etching shows some light wear but is “frosty”. Complete leather washer is present at the base of the guard.

Weapon has a highly detailed, two-line, cutout brass hilt with the guard and knucklebow cast in one piece. Upper line of brass hilt features prominent letters “US” surrounded by finely case foliate. Bottom line has an intricate, foliate cutout design. The grip is wrapped in a gray sharkskin with thirteen courses of twisted brass wire flanked on each side by straight wire. Wire has one or two small areas where it has bowed some. Phrygian pommel cap is border-engraved with laurel and flower. Face of pommel has a delicately carved patriotic shield at center. Top of the pommel is also engraved with flowers and leaves. Knucklebow and guard are tight. Quillon is round. All brass wears a light patina.

The undented blued scabbard is in excellent condition and has turned a plumb brown. The throat is brass with engraved floral decorations all the way around. The two mounts are mostly plain but do have some embellishments. The mounts have a laurel branch across the face of the ring bands. Both suspension rings are present. The brass drag has some minor indentations n both sides. Scabbard may be an unmarked Ames product.

An excellent example of the Field & Staff Officer’s sword.  [ad]

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