for the American Market by E. Richards & Co., likely of Birmingham, England. It has a carved bone grip with
two shell designs on each side, all in excellent condition and tight. The pommel is fitted with a Salter style eagle
in sharp detail with the tang coming through the top of the head. The very sharpness of the features of the
eagle suggests that it was made from an original mold in the early days of production. The only silver wash remaining
is on the inside of the knuckle bow. The knuckle bow has a slot at the rear for a portepee (sword knot).
the ferule which are reminiscent of sabers made to the British 1805 regulations and preferred by American Naval officers.
Ref. Page 73 in Mowbray’s, The American Eagle-Pommel Sword.
curved blade. The accession number, 55.38.2, appears on the front of the reverse side of the crossguard.
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 55.38.2. Deacession in 2009 to benefit the “Museum Collection
Mowbray, 1988 on pages 115, 123
eagle head is recognizable by its sharp features, open beak, and flattened crest
large, 19″ fuller has most of its bluing and gilding intact. At the reverse in a banner it is marked, “E. Richards
& Co.”. The forward part of the blade is light grey with some darker spots, but nothing objectionable. There are some
small nicks on the forward part of the blade. The etched designs are of American Heraldry consisting of a gilded American
Shield, a flag, and crossed pike on the obverse intertwined with floral symbols and other sprayed foliage on both sides.
Gilded American Shield, Flag,
Cannon barrel and leaves with other sprayed foliage on obverse
two pieces in poor shape. The single brass carrying band is marked with the museum accession number 55.38.2 identifying
this as part of the saber. There are a few age cracks, but the leather is dried out with broken stitching and leather loss.
It is missing two mountings, one at the throat and the other at the tip.
by this maker, except that reference to him is made in “The American Eagle Pommel Sword, The Early Years – 1794-1830”, by
E. Andrew Mowbray, 1988 on pages 115, 123 and indirectly elsewhere. He is believed to be related to Thomas Richards of Birmingham,
England and possibly Henry Richards as well as having some connection with Richards – Upson & Co. of New York. However
there is nothing conclusive available. We also have a Richards – Upson five ball spadroon available. See http://landandseacollection.com/id565.html
Length of blade 30 7/8″ Width 1 1/4 Thickness 1/4″ Length overall 30 7/8″ The hilt is 5″ Weight Saber 1 lb 9 oz
Carved bone grip is firm
as is hilt
Suspension band remains with accession number
The reverse side of the colorful blade with almost all its bluing and gilding intact
An exceptional eagle head saber
made for the American Market by E. Richards, Birmingham, England
The American Eagle-Pommel
Sword by E. Andrew Mowbray
The American Sword, 1775-1945, by Harold E. Peterson
Swords & Blades of the American
Revolution by George C. Neumann