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Sword and Scabbard

Object Name: Sword and scabbard
Date: 1860-1870
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Medium: Steel, brass, fish skin; leather, brass
Dimensions: Overall: 38 1/2 x 5 x 3 1/4 in. ( 97.8 x 12.7 x 8.3 cm )
Place made: Europe, Germany, Solegin
and: North America, United States, New York
Description: 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 on obverse side and globular finial; grip covered in charcoal gray fish skin and wrapped with braided wire; helmet-shaped pommel with leaf border; leather scabbard with brass mounts consisting of throat with carrying ring, middle band with carrying ring, and tip with drag.
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Bayard Verplanck
Object Number: 1956.160ab
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Marks: etched: on obverse of blade below hilt: "JAMES P. FITCH / NEW YORK" etched: on obverse of blade near center: "E PLURIBUS / UNUM" on banner (part of eagle insignia) etched: on back of blade: "IRON PROOF" stamped: on reverse of blade below hilt: "W. / CLAUBERG" and "SOLINGEN" above and below a figure in armor etched: on reverse of blade near center: "U.S."