SILVER GRIPPED CLAUBERG 1850 STAFF AND FIELD OFFICER’S SWORD

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W. Clauberg of Solingen was a prolific (according to Thillmann, the most prolific) maker of swords for import into the U.S. Specializing in higher quality workmanship, their blades show up with many different, prominent American retailers’ business names etched on them. This is a very good example of their quality.

The hilt is the standard configuration for a regulation model 1850 staff and field officer’s sword, with brass pommel and guard decorated with cast and chased leaves on the edges of the pommel cap and openwork floral motifs and a cut-out U.S. between branches in the guard. Instead of the regulation sharkskin grip, however, the firm has used a spiral silver (or silver alloy) grip. A decorative binding wire in the grooves of the grip is gone, but there are no dents or dings in the grip or hilt. The thin leather washer under the guard is in place and the blade has extensive etching that helps explain Clauberg’s reputation for quality.

The blade is very nice and measures 32 inches, 17 inches of which on each side are covered with thick, profuse etching on frosted panels that terminate at the upper end in arabesque flame points. On both sides the metal is bright, along with some scattered light gray spots that do not stand out. The obverse has a plain ricasso, bright, with a few gray spots, above which the etching starts with a stand of arms and flags at the bottom that includes a US shield. Dense, scrolling vines and leaves then lead up to a wide, spread-winged American eagle perched on branches with an “E Pluribus Unum” etched ribbon underneath. The scrolling floral elements then take up again for the remainder of the panel. On the reverse, the W. Clauberg firm name and standing knight trademark are deeply stamped in the ricasso. Above it, the etched panel commences with a stand of arms featuring a Roman shield, a sword, drum and bugle, with spears and a US banner hanging from a pole surmounted by a very obvious liberty cap. The same sort of lush, scrolling vines, leaves and branches lead up to an elongated and intertwined “US” set horizontally across the blade, with another lush profusion of scrolls and vines rising up in the panel. The edge and point of the blade are perfect, with no nicks.

The steel scabbard body has full coverage of its original brownish blue and the brass mounts have an even undisturbed, aged mustard patina with a few brown age spots, but only one ding, which is on the reverse of the drag. The carrying rings are in place. The mounts include a separate brass throat secured by two screws. The upper mount, middle mount and drag are all engraved on the obverse with geometric and floral motifs. The reverses are plain except for border lines that are carried over from the face.

The upper mount of the scabbard has a blank shield outlined on its upper half, plainly intended for an inscribed presentation and the sword certainly merits the caption of “presentation quality” that is sometimes overused.   [sr]

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