U.S. Militia officer's sword and scabbard circa 1870
brass hilt, Indian princess pommel, grip has pearl plaques with single strand of brass wire, shell guard with spread eagle, etched blade, marked "SHANNON MILLER & CRANE, N.Y." on reverse ricasso, "AS" scratched on reverse of shell guard.
overall L34 1/2" blade L29"
Provenance: Property deaccessioned from the Centennial Museum at the University of Texas at El Paso to benefit the Museum Collections Fund. (Accession #55.45.4 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.
Literature: Bazelon, Bruce S. & William F. McGuinn. A DIRECTORY OF AMERICAN MILITARY GOODS, DEALERS & MAKERS 1785-1915. Manassas, Virginia, 1990. p.148.
Other Notes: Flayderman's tag dates the sword to 1821-50, based on the style, but Shannon, Miller & Crane began business in New York City in 1867 and were in business until 1899.
Knuckle bow has been soldered to pommel, obverse pearl plaque chipped at band. Band is pushed in at crossguard on both sides and soldered. Blade is dark but generally smooth. Scabbard has several small dents on reverse and obverse, screw retaining throat is missing, one loop for carrying rings soldered in place.