English Infantry officer's saber and scabbard circa 1805-12, made for American market
brass hilt, eaglehead pommel, bone grip, blued and gilt blade, marked "WM. KETLAND & CO., WARRANTED" on obverse ricasso; together with leather scabbard with silvered brass mounts.
overall L33 1/4" blade L28"
Provenance: Property deaccessioned from the Centennial Museum at the University of Texas at El Paso to benefit the Museum Collections Fund. (Accession #56.3.2 inked on crossguard)
Purchased by Norm Flayderman, Wallingford Hall, Kennebunk, Maine.
From the most important American sword collection of Philip Medicus, New York, New York.
Literature: Bazelon, Bruce S. & William F. McGuinn. A DIRECTORY OF AMERICAN MILITARY GOODS, DEALERS & MAKERS 1785-1915. Manassas, Virginia, 1990. p.76.
Flayderman, Norm AMERICAN SWORDS FROM THE PHILIP MEDICUS COLLECTION. Mowbray Publishers, 1998. p.112, pl.52, #52e.
Hilt retains about 30% of silvering, bone grip cracked on obverse. Blade retains 85-90% of blue and gilt, lower third has medium pitting. Scabbard retains about 45% of silvering on mounts, frog stud missing from top mount.