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Object Name: Sword and scabbard
Date: ca. 1902
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Medium: Steel, brass, gilding, enamel, leather; steel, brass
Dimensions: Overall: 40 1/4 x 4 3/4 x 3 3/8 in. ( 102.2 x 12.1 x 8.6 cm )
Place made: Europe, Germany
and: North America, United States, Philadelphia
Description: Presentation sword with narrow, curved, single-edged steel blade with two three-quarter length fullers; obverse of blade with elaborate flower and scrolling leaf design done in etching, gilding, and blue enamel, with intertwined initials "US" at center, and reverse with similar design and eagle insignia; gilded brass half-basket hilt with two branches on obverse side and stylized flower and shell motif molded in relief on quillon; grip covered in fish skin and wrapped with wire; helmet-shaped pommel with leaf and berry border centering a flower and stylized leaf design molded on top; leather wrist grip attached to knuckle-bow; scabbard made of steel with matte finish, with brass mounts consisting of ring at throat, two middle bands of ornate openwork design with carrying rings, tip with similar openwork design, and asymmetrical drag with leaf and scroll motif; reverse side of scabbard with engraved inscription.
Credit Line: Gift of the 7th Regiment, National Guard New York, through Major Kenneth Miller
Object Number: 1951.387ab
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Marks: etched/gilded: on obverse of blade: "US" (intertwined) stamped: on reverse of blade below hilt: "GERMANY" in relief: on reverse of blade below hilt: "HORSTMANN / PHILADELPHIA" in rectangular frame engraved: on reverse of scabbard between two middle bands: "PRESENTED TO / MAJOR JOHN J. BYRNE / BY HIS COMRADES OF CO. K 9TH REGT. N.G.N.Y. / FEBRUARY 14TH, 1902."