REGULATION OFFICER'S SWORD WHITE BRASS HILT
From the Philip
Presented is a one-of-a-kind officer's sword
made for the American Market with a hand tooled bone grip, unusual pommel, and chain guard with a tag from the famous Phillip
Medicus Collection. It has hand patined museum accession number from where it resided for more than 50 years and various tags
signifying ownership. It was likely made to the personal design of an officer who had it commissioned with these very distinctive
- Pistol grip pommel
- Acorn finals on the quillions
- Shell shaped langets
- Silver looking hilt common to the infantry,
- Diamond section scabbard
- Brass tipped scabbard
PROVENANCE: Purchased by Norm Flayderman, Wallingford Hall, Kennebunk, Maine on September 8, 1956; "From
the most important American Sword Collection of Philip Medicus, New York, New York". Then to a museum, Accession number 56.3.4.
Deacession to benefit the Museum Collection Fund.
Ref. Flayderman, Norm. "American Swords From the Philip Medicus Collection". Mowbray Publishers,
1998. Page 225, plates 109, 109a.
Norm Flayderman, one of the most wll known figures
in arms and edged weapons classified this sword on September 8, 1956 as, "U.S. Militia Officer's sword and scabbard, 1830-1850,
white brass pommel hilt with pistol grip pommel."
Flayderman is in good company since this sword is an exact duplicate of
what Harold L. Peterson describes on page 78 and 79 of his authoritative book, “The American Sword, 1775-1945“.
It is pictured on page 79 as illustration 70. The example in Peterson's book was made by Ames in Cabotsville, Massachusetts.
This one is unmarked, but an exact duplicate.
DIMENSIONS: Length in scabbard overall 36" Length of blade 33" Width 1" Thickness 1/4" Length overall 29 3/4" The hilt is 4 5/8"
Weight Saber 1 lb 4 1/2 oz Weight in scabbard 2 lb 1
Its thoroughly documented history should appeal to a collector seeking the most unusual and highest
quality with a known provenance to add to a collection of the finest, and is prepared to pay for this privilege.
DESIGNS: The steel, etched blade has complex etched designs of American Heraldry consisting of etched American Shields
and eagle, Flags, Cannon barrels and Oak leaves with other sprayed foliage. On
the obverse there is a banner with E. Pluribus Unum over a large, right facing, American eagle with shield, and fig leaves
and arrows in its talons. Below that is a cartouche comprised of drums, cannon and spike all profusely decorated with foliage.
On the reverse, closest to the hilt is a cartouche
with cannons, drums, crossed flags and pikes. Above that is an American shield with pikes and a cannon barrel. All are surrounded
by floral designs.
CONDITION: The double edged, deeply etched blade, has no maker's mark. Both sides of the forward part have dark pitting.
American Shields and
eagle, Flags, Cannon barrels and Oak leaves with other sprayed foliage
The original silver
plated scabbard is in excellent condition with only one dent towards the tip on the reverse. Both suspension rings and its
brass metal tip and mounts are present. Nickel electroplating was prevalent by 1840 which helps for dating.
The tang comes through
the top of the pommel. The hilt is loose, but with a proper work bench can be tightened by peening the tang. The museum's
accession number, E 56.3.4, appears on the front of the crossguard on the side with the back strap.
Distinctive features are Mameluke pommel, acorn quillions, and shell langets
Features of Hilt showing chain guard, accession number and Naval & Marine emblems
Diamond shaped scabbard with brass lower mount and tipped drag
A pedigreed sword made for the American Market of Unique Design
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