Presentation Grade US model 1850 Foot Officer Sword(SW1384)
A very fine and extremely handsome presentation grade foot officer’s sword with ornate scabbard by Schnitzler & Kirschbaum of Solingen. The hilt is a fairly standard 1850 hilt, although there is a nicely engraved Union Shield on the pommel. The grip is extremely nice, being black ray skin with triple wire wrap. The blade has a very large “Schnitzler, Kirschbaum Solingen” etched on the ricasso. The blade is wider than most, and is extremely bright and clean, with a large spread-winged American Eagle standing on a ribbon reading “E Pluribus Unum” on one side and a large “U.S.” on the other side. The scabbard is blued with brass mounts. The mounts are hand engraved with a combination of flowers and rays over wheels. Dimensions: The blade is 32 inches long. The sword and scabbard are 40.5 inches long. The sword is in excellent condition, with a brilliant blade, and the hilt is as well. The scabbard is excellent, with nearly perfect blued finish and especially finely engraved mounts. There is a dent in the steel just above the drag. The drag is missing its screw. The sword does not now go all of the way into the scabbard, but it is something inside the scabbard that is blocking it, not the dent which is quite shallow.