CIVIL WAR EVANS & HASKELL M1860 STAFF OFFICER’S SWORD

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Item Code: 344-105

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This original condition Model 1860 Staff officer’s sword is one of many produced by various manufacturers from the Civil War to the turn of the century.  Manufactured by the Philadelphia firm of Evans and Haskell, this specimen is an extremely light and relatively frail artifact that was designed and adopted for officers who presumably would rarely be called on to use this weapon in action.  The straight, double-edged steel blade is a high-grade sword 36” long overall with a diamond shaped, double-edged cross section.  Blade is profusely embellished on both sides of the blade with foliate scrollwork and a military panoply of arms executed via the acid etching process.  Obverse shows the script letters “U.S.” 8” from the ricasso while the opposite flat has the spreadwinged eagle. Blade has moderate dark oxidation areas with light pitting overall. Blade appears to have been lightly cleaned and wears a light gray satin-like sheen overall.  

Handsome tight grips are of turned mahogany wood wound with a fine brass double twist wire wrap. At both ends of the grip are brass ferrules with tooled edged designs.  Light wood chipping evident along the upper ferrule. Round brass pommel cap is decorated with a leaf design. Pommel and knuckle bow exhibit very slight movement on the tang. The brass decorated knuckle bow flows into a kidney-shaped counter-guard (shell) that is nicely ornamented on the stationary obverse side with an applied cast eagle with flags in the background.  Reverse side has an operational hinged guard that folds down when the sword was worn.   Hinged guard is unadorned and is missing the spring locking screw. 

Steel scabbard wears a pleasing, light plum-brown patina and is adorned with two gilded brass mounts, a brass drag, and a plain brass throat. Each of the brass mounts exhibits an intricate floral display on one side and suspends a small brass sword ring on each. Both sword mounts and the drag are tight. In very good condition, this Civil War Model 1860 Staff sword is a classic example of a more ceremonial edged weapon carried by officers between 1850 and 1880.

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