U.S. Civil War Model 1850 foot officer's sword circa 1861
brass hilt, Phrygian helmet pommel, wood grip covered with sharkskin, etched blade, marked "US, J.H. 1861" on obverse ricasso, traces of Ames mark on reverse ricasso.
overal L36 1/4" blade L30 1/2"

Provenance: Property deaccessioned from the Centennial Museum at the University of Texas at El Paso to benefit the Museum Collections Fund. (Accession #82.13.1)

Literature: Peterson, Harold L. THE AMERICAN SWORD 1775-1945. rev. ed. Ray Riling Arms Books Co., 1996. pp.81-82.

Thillman, John H. CIVIL WAR ARMY SWORDS: A STUDY OF UNITED STATES ARMY SWORDS FROM 1832 THROUGH 1865. Woonsocket, RI: Mowbray Publishers, 2008. p.240.

Other Notes: One of a group of 425 M1850 foot officer's swords purchased by the Federal government.

  • Blade dark with patches of active rusting. Wire wrap is missing except for one strand at pommel. Sharkskin grip wrap is split on reverse.

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