This is a rare example of an early 19th Century Infantry officer’s
straight sword or spadroon of unquestionable quality. It is for the discerning collector.
SUMMARY: Length overall 37 1/2 inches. In scabbard 38 inches.
Blade 32 1/4 inches long 1 1/16 inch
wide, 1/4 inch thick,
Hilt 5 1/4 inches long. Primary Fuller 27
3/4” x 3/4“ Weight in scabbard 1 Lbs 15 oz Net
1 lb 5 1/4 oz
is a magnificent Blue Niter & Gilt blade eagle head spadroon with the pressed brown horn grip, and its original scabbard.
The blade’s design is a classic English 1786 pattern with a single large fuller its entire length. On the obverse,
beginning with a gilted geometric design for the first section of the blade above the very small ricasso, there are three
military drums of various sizes with a pike to either side, and a very tall four inch climbing vine above, this under an ornate
three inch floral flourish. The blue Niter and gold gilt is mostly bright and shiny with some superficial scratches and dulling from
being carried in the scabbard. There are some minor areas of black on the highly polished eighteen inches section
of the blade. The reverse has a broader design of floral with a center arc imprinted with “Warranted” in script.
Above this is a two inch grouping of two kettle drums and a pike with flag and tassel. The gilding ends after
a one and one half inch climbing vine with a small center sunflower. The number 25 is stamped on the spine and the leather
washer looks to be original. The
cutting edge is unsharpened and without nicks.
side of blade showing the excellent condition of the Blue Niter, gold gilding, polished point
EAGLE HEAD feathers have darkened black with age, but the underlying heavy silver plate makes the highlights sparkle.
The regal head has a well defined crest, and crispness of the casting suggests this is an early example
of this type sword which was very popular in the United States after it lost favor in Brittan.
Obverse 5 Ball
Eagle Head’s hilt pressed Brown horn grip shown over reverse of same.
HILT hilt has evidence of silver gilding and is firmly attached to the blade without any movement. The
rounded beak of the eagle and it prominent brow and piercing eyes are reminiscent of a Ketland of Birmingham eagle.
There are 5 balls of various sizes on the stirrup guard and 5 balls on the cutout cross guard. The black horn grip is seen
only on high grade swords and adds an opulent look to the hilt and blade.
It is a rare occurrence to find a scabbard with a sword of this type and age. Great care should be used in handling the 200
year old original scabbard. It is very fragile and must be handled very gently and be supported on a table
as the sword is removed or
or put back in. It has its original mounts and frog stud with some of the silver remaining. The leather is
brittle, has shrunk with age about 3/8″, and has some minor flaking. The seam is tight. All the mounts have
remnants of silver wash which has turned black with age.
Close up section of various parts
of 200 year old original scabbard and hardware.
and back view of the 5 ball cross guard showing the cutout centerRef.
The American Eagle Pommel Sword, The Early Years 1794-1830 by E. Andrew Mowbray and others of equal repute.