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Sword, scabbard and tassel: V.S.N.

Object Name: Naval officer's sword and scabbard
Date: 1860-1875
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Medium: Steel, brass, fish skin, textile, gilding; leather, brass, gilding
Dimensions: Overall: 35 x 5 x 2 7/8 in. ( 88.9 x 12.7 x 7.3 cm )
Place made: Europe, Germany, Solegin
Description: Sword with slightly curved, single-edged steel blade with two fullers, one broad and one narrow, and naval insignia etched on obverse and reverse; gilded brass counter-guard with initials "USN" molded in relief on underside of openwork oak leaf and acorn decoration on obverse side; grip covered in fish skin and wrapped with twisted wire; helmet-shaped pommel with oak leaf and acorn border and eagle in oval frame studded with thirteen stars molded on top; tassel on strip of gold metallic cloth tape attached to knuckle-bow; dolphin head at end of knuckle-bow joining pommel, and dolphin head finial on quillon; leather scabbard with gilded brass carrying ring mounts, which are cast in high relief and resemble knotted rope (tip missing).
Credit Line: Gift of Miss Louise M. Coleman
Object Number: 1957.240ab
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Marks: etched: on obverse of blade: "US" stamped: on reverse of blade below hilt: "W. / CLAUBERG" and "SOLINGEN" above and below a figure in armor etched: on reverse of blade: "IRON / PROOF" and "U.S. / N." (on banner)

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According to the accession records, this sword once belonged to the donor's uncle Samuel Matlack Coleman (1842-1875), who served in the U.S. Navy as Secretary to Admiral W. C. Leroy, Commander-in-Chief. When Coleman died in Rio de Janeiro, his belongings, including this sword, were returned to his brother in Brooklyn, Robert N. Coleman, father of the donor.