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Object Name: Sword and scabbard
Date: 1862
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Medium: Steel, brass, leather; silver plate, brass
Dimensions: Overall: 38 1/2 x 4 1/4 x 3 1/8 in. ( 97.8 x 10.8 x 7.9 cm )
Place made: North America, United States, Hartford
and: Madison
Description: Presentation sword with slightly curved, single-edged steel blade with two fullers, one broad and one narrow, and etched designs on obverse and reverse; brass half-basket hilt with openwork leaf and scroll design on obverse side incorporating initials "US" and large globular quillon with scroll motif incised on either side; grip covered in leather and wrapped with twisted wire; helmet-shaped pommel with leaf border; silver-plated scabbard with heavy, elaborately engraved and molded brass mounts; upper band with shield-breasted eagle and middle band with oval shield superimposed on crossed arms, each band with a single carrying ring; tip with asymmetrical drag; brass plaque with engraved inscription affixed between upper and middle bands.
Credit Line: Gift of Miss Margery Austen Ryerson
Object Number: 1916.19ab
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Marks: etched: on obverse of blade: "E PLURIBUS / UNUM" on banner (part of eagle insignia) stamped: on reverse of blade below hilt: "COLLINS & Co. / HARTFORD / CONN. / 1862" etched: on reverse of blade below hilt: "G.V.N. KITTREDGE / MADISON / Wis." etched: on reverse of blade near center: "U. S." engraved: on brass plaque affixed to scabbard: "Presented to Capt. D. A. Ryerson, / Co. C. 13th REGT. N.J.V. / by his Friends, / Newark N. J. Aug. 26th 1862." engraved: on upper band of scabbard (reverse side): "US"

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This sword is referred to in the accession records as a "U.S. infantry officer's saber." It was presented to Captain David Austen Ryerson of Company C, 13th Regiment, New Jersey Volunteers, in 1862.