Skip navigation

Object Name: Sword and scabbard
Date: 1862
Related People:
Medium: Steel, silver, brass, gilding; steel, nickel, brass, silver, gilding
Dimensions: Overall: 40 1/8 × 5 × 3 1/4 in. (101.9 × 12.7 × 8.3 cm)
Place made: New York
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; gilded brass half-basket hilt with openwork flower and scroll design incorporating intials "US" on obverse side and quillon with large scroll finial; silver grip with ridges wound with twisted brass wire (of which only a fragment remains); helmet-shaped pommel with leaf border centering a flower and finial in the form of large perched eagle; nickel-plated steel scabbard with two carrying rings attached to gilded brass upper and middle bands with leaf-molded ornaments in high relief and elaborate engraving; metal clips are attached to each carrying ring and joined by a chain; a silver plaque with engraved inscription is affixed to obverse of scabbard between the two bands; gilded brass mount at tip with ornamental drag with "US" in relief on both sides.
Credit Line: Gift of the New York Caledonian Club
Object Number: 1934.67ab
Send to a Friend
Marks: etched: on obverse of blade near center: "E Pluribus Unum" on banner which is part of eagle insignia etched: on reverse of blade near center: "U. S." in relief: in slightly depressed cartouche on reverse of blade near hilt: "TIFFANY / & Co. / NEW YORK." stamped: on ricasso (reverse side): "COLLINS & Co. / HARTFORD / CONN. / 1862" engraved: on metal plaque affixed to scabbard: "Presented by the members of his / Company to / Capt. Andrew D. Baird, Co. K, 79th N.Y.V. / HIGHLANDERS / as a Testamonial of their Gratitude / and esteem."