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Naval Officers Non Regulation Eagle Head Sword Ca 1835

 

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RARE NON REGULATION AMERICAN EAGLE HEAD NAVAL OFFICER'S SWORD
Ca 1835 - 1842

Naval Officers Ca 1835 Eagle Head Sword image
 

As Documented in Numerous Reference Books!

 

Presented is an American treasure, an outstanding example of a naval officer's sword with pipeback blade, which was the type of weapon that was carried by senior officer's that could afford the finest. This one has an non-naval scabbard which has two carrying rings and brass mounts and is 3/8" shorter than the blade. It is in otherwise excellent condition. The hilt is covered in white sharkskin, with small losses near the base of the head. There are five wraps of intricate three strand wire made in the form of a tight spring the length of the grip. There are only a few small nicks on the cutting edge, and there are no maker's marks or other engravings.

The pierced obverse guard features a large left facing American eagle standing on the stock of a non-fouled anchor. On the reverse, the fold down and simple small counter guard is missing. All the brass work was originally glided, but this has worn off over the last 180 years.

The stunning eagle head pommel has a full back strap with feathers extending to the wide ferrule. The hilt is tight with the blade. The cross guard has a single quillion in the form of an acorn, typical of American Naval swords.  None of the gold wash remains on the hilt.

SPECIFICATIONS: The slightly curved blade is 29 7/8 long by 1" wide and 5/18" thick and without any engravings or maker's mark. The entire sword is 35 1/4" long overall and 38 1/2" long in the scabbard. Out of the scabbard, it weighs 1 lb. 13 3/4 oz.  In the scabbard, it weighs 2 lbs. 10 5/8 oz.

HISTORY: Between 1840 and 1852, there was a maximum of 165 active duty captains and commanders serving in the US Navy. These were the ranking officers who could afford the luxury of a nonregulation sword, so very few of this design were made and fewer still have survived.

The new custodian of this article of naval history will find discussions and pictures of it in numerous reference works.

Napoleonic Edwardian Period Horse Headbard image
 
Various reference works featuring the naval eagle head sword Ca 1835

 

References include; Peter Tuite's exceptional 2004 work, "U.S. Naval  Officers Their Swords & Dirks" on page 57; on page 34 of "Small Arms of the Sea Services, 1972" by  Colonel Robert Rankin, USMC; and on page 98 of, "American Swords of the Philip Medicus Collection, 1998" by Norman Flayderman to mention only a few.

PROVENANCE: Formerly owned in succession by two Floridian collectors of antique edged weapons.

Obverse hilt of the naval officers eagle head sword Ca 1835 image
Reverse hilt of the naval officers eagle head sword Ca 1835 image

Both sides of the hilt of the naval officers eagle head sword 

The black leather is in remarkable condition with only a slight loss of the finished leather. All the leather is tight along the seam at the back with just a little scuffing or degradation. The metal work is edged with simple geometric designs that may have been gilded. There are two carrying rings and an ornate throg on the the throat band. 

The front of the guard of the eagle head naval officers swprd Ca 1835 image
The rear of the pommel showing the tang image

The front and rear of the guard. Note the tang

 

The ponty end of the blade image
The center section of the blade image
The entire blade of he eagle head naval officers sword Ca 1835 image

Various sectiond of the versa pipeback blade

Showing the missing counter guard of the eagkle head sword image

View of acorn, large ferrule, and missing counter guard

 

The obverse of the scabbard image
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The front and back showing the scabbard's seam and hardware

 

 

SCABBARD & BLADE CONDITION: In addition to what has been described elsewhere, the blade and hilt are tight. The blade has turned light grey with age. It has a few small nicks along the cutting edge which is sharp. The scabbard is in surprisingly good condition with little loss and the seam tight. There is an ornate throg to attach to a belt. The metal work show some dents and evidence of use.

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