U.S. Naval Officer’s Model 1852 Dress Sword

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Model 1852 Dress Sword With Belt

Named to Birge Swift Thompson


Model 1852 Named Dress Sword With Belt and Scabbard


DIMENSIONS: Blade: 11/16th inch wide, 1/8 inch thick, 32″ long

Grip 5 3/4″ long. Length overall 37 3/4″   Scabbard 33″
Fuller 21″ x 7/16th“
Weight sword 2 Lbs 13 1/4 oz

Price:  $1200.00        Shipping:  $55.00


Model 1852 Named Dress Sword With Belt and Scabbard

 CONDITION: The leather scabbard has been renewed, and like the sword, is in fine condition. The brass wire that winds around the ray skin is tight but partially missing a double twisted wire in between the straight wire except at the top of the grip. The pommel, cross guard, and blade are exceptional with sharp and even edges.  Most of the gilding seems to be worn away due to repeated polishing now replaced with a pleasing patina of age. This sword speaks of the quality of a bygone era.

The design on the blade is nickel plated over an acid etched design and is pristine and shows in Near New Condition overall.
There are thirteen wraps on the ray grip in the condition stated above.   The single fuller is 21 x 7/16th ″. There are 15 stars on the blade and 13 on the pommel.

Model 1852 Named Dress Sword With Belt and Scabbard

Engraved Detail on Blade




The only difference between the original Model 1852 sword design shown on the left, and that authorized today, is that in some today, materials such as plastic instead of fish and ray skin, and lower quality metalwork are being used. Not so with this sword that conforms with the original specifications except that the blade was decreased in width as follows:* From 1 1/8 inches to about 1 inch after 1872* To about 3/4 inch in the later 19th Century,* To 5/8 inch in today’s Navy. The regulation of 1852 had the eagle on the pommel facing right when viewed from behind. The use of the officer’s sword was suspended on 15 October 1942 and was not authorized officially again until 1954. Source Naval Historical and Heritage Command.

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