MODEL 1850 FOOT OFFICER’S SWORD PRESENTED TO AN ODDFELLOW IN 1861

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This original Model 1850 Staff and Field Officer’s sword is complete with the original metal scabbard. This quality steel edged weapon was presented to Charles Hannabery of Philadelphia by members of the Heneois Adelphon Lodge No. 28 Loyal Order of Oddfellows.

The drawn sword measures a total length of 36.00 inches from tip to pommel.  The steel blade is 30.50 inches long with a 14.25 inch narrow fuller and a 21.50 inch wide stopped fuller. The blade surface is bright with light scattered mottling on both sides, mostly near the point. The true edge has no nicks and is clean. The obverse has the mark of a standing knight while the reverse ricasso has a strong stamping that reads “W. CLAUBERG / SOLINGEN” in two lines. The blade surface is embellished via the acid etching process that features a fern motif above the obverse ricasso and a maple leaf over the reverse. The obverse etching consists of panoply of flags with foliate and a spreadwinged eagle with a riband that reads, “E PLURIBUS UNUM.” Reverse of blade is etched with a US flag amongst weapons of war such as shields, drums and swords with foliate followed by the block letters “U.S” done with serifs followed with another panoply of flags and more foliate. Blade spine is etched “IRON PROOF” just below the hilt. Leather washer is missing from base of ricasso.

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 a delicate and smaller than usual “US” surrounded by finely case foliate. Bottom line has an intricate, foliate cutout design. The grip is made of ribbed wood and is leather wrapped with several courses twisted brass wire. Phrygian pommel cap is border-engraved with an oak leave floral pattern. Knucklebow and guard are tight. Quillon is a nicely formed round scroll. Brass surfaces have a nice untouched patina.

The dark colored steel scabbard has a very worn appearance with much finish loss. The throat and mounts are of plain brass with a dotted line edge decoration. The two mounts have their rings but the lower ring mount wiggles a bit. Drag is plain. All brass is dark. Throat is engraved “PRESENTED TO P. G. CHAS. HANNABERY BY THE MEMBERS OF HENEOIS ADOLPHUS LODGE N0. 28 L.O. OF O.F. PHILADA. OCT. 3, 1861.”

Not much has been found in regards to Charles Hannabery. He was born in Philadelphia in 1819 and died there in 1867.  [ad]

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