U.S. Infantry officer's saber and scabbard circa 1815-30
silvered brass hilt with eagle langet, eagle head pommel, bone grip wrapped with copper wire, trophy of arms on knuckle bow, blued and gilt blade marked "PDL" [P.D. Luneschloss Solingen] in script at obverse ricasso; together with silvered brass scabbard with elaborate engraving and fancy mounting bands.
overall L35 7/8" blade L30 3/4"

Provenance: Property deaccessioned from the Centennial Museum at the University of Texas at El Paso to benefit the Museum Collections Fund. (Accession #56.38.3 inked on crossguard, #55.38.3 inked on reverse throat of scabbard)

Purchased by Norm Flayderman, Wallingford Hall, Kennebunk, Maine.

From the most important American sword collection of Philip Medicus, New York, New York.

Other Notes: Part of the Medicus collection. Sword not depicted in Flayderman's Medicus book.

  • 20% of silvering remains on hilt, bone grip chipped at pommel, copper wire loose in spots and has slipped out of grooves. 95% of blue and gilt remains, some fine pitting on the obverse near hilt. Scabbard is undented and retains 30 to 40% of the silvering.

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December 4, 2009 2:00 PM EST
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