IDENTIFIED MODEL 1852 NAVAL OFFICER’S SWORD WITH SCABBARD – CHARLES F. HATCH

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Item Code: 1179-074

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This sword measures approximately 34” long from point to pommel. The blade is 28” long. It has a wide stopped fuller that is 19” long and a narrow fuller that is 21 ½” long. The blade remains bright overall. The edge has two nicks. There is no maker’s name or mark on the sword. The leather washer is missing.

The “frosting” remains strong and the decorations on the blade are visible. One side features a bold “U.S.N.” and a three-masted ship of the line amid the usual floral patterns. The opposite side has the American flag and “E. Pluribus Unum” among the florals. Also, nicely framed is the identification in script, “C.F. Hatch”.

The grip has a very nice and unusual covering in place of the shark skin. A fine brass mesh was used to cover the handle here with the typical twists of wire overall. This presents a nice appearance.

The pommel cap is the usual Phrygian helmet design with oak leaf border and a cap consisting of a spread-winged eagle surrounded by 13 stars. Fine eagle feather details are even found on the peened end of the blade tang. The knuckle bow starts at the pommel cap and sweeps around toward the base of the grip and widens into a counterguard on each side of the grip ending in a dolphin head quillon. There is a similar dolphin head where the knuckle bow meets the pommel cap while the guard has the usual oak leaf design with the letters “USN” worked into it. The brass hilt has a light patina.

Leather scabbard is missing the drag and the rear seam has split. What remains is in fairly good condition. Both mounts and rings are present. Obverse side of the mounts are decorated with the usual knotted rope.

Charles Francis Hatch was born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1841. He enlisted in the Navy in July 1863 as a Master’s Mate. The Master's mate rating was equivalent to a senior Petty Officer. He served on the sloop of war “Savannah”, the gun boat “Queen”, and the tin clad “Glide”. The USS Glide was assigned to the West Gulf Blockading Squadron under Farragut. Hatch resigned his commission due to poor mental condition in August 1864. He also lists several small scars “from a shell” on his pension application. Additionally, he served in the Navy again from 1865 to 1868 as a Paymasters Clerk at Saint Paul De Loanda, Province of Angola, (S. W. Africa).

Hatch is buried at Harmony Grove Cemetery in Salem, Massachusetts. An attractive, identified naval sword.   [jet] [ph:L]

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