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Object Name: Sword and scabbard
Date: ca. 1861
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Medium: Steel, brass, fish skin, textile; steel, brass
Dimensions: Overall: 39 1/2 x 4 7/8 x 3 1/2 in. ( 100.3 x 12.4 x 8.9 cm )
Place made: Europe, Germany, Solegin
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 flower and scroll design incorporating initials "US" on obverse side and short quillon with scroll motif incised on either side; grip covered in fish skin and wrapped with wire; helmet-shaped pommel with leaf border centering a flower; tassel attached to knuckle-bow; blackened steel scabbard with two brass carrying rings and brass tip; engraved inscription on upper mount.
Credit Line: Gift of the New York Caledonian Club
Object Number: 1934.124ab
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Marks: engraved: on upper mount of scabbard: "Presented to / Capt. Geo. L. Acker / by the members of / Co. I 1st Regt Mich Cavalry / Washington, D.C. / Dec 7th 1861." stamped: on obverse of blade below hilt: "PDL" in dotted oval frame etched: on reverse of blade near center: "U.S."

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This sword is referred to in the accession records as a U.S. field officer's sword, an identification based on illustrations in Smithsonian Institution Bulletin No. 163 (p. 55).