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Sword and scabbard

Object Number: 
1944.183ab
Date: 
1840-1860
Medium: 
Steel, brass, silver, gilding; brass, gilding
Dimensions: 
Overall: 38 1/4 x 4 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. ( 97.2 x 12.1 x 3.8 cm )
Marks: 
etched: on reverse of blade near center: "E Pluribus / Unum" on banner (part of eagle insignia) etched: on reverse of blade near hilt: "N. P. Ames / Cutler / Springfield" impressed: on counter-guard: "ENSE PETIT PLACIDAM SU LIBERTATE QUIETEM" in relief
Description: 
Sword with straight, double-edged steel blade with narrow, almost full-length central fuller and etched designs on obverse and reverse; shell-shaped gilded brass counter-guard on obverse side with emblem featuring a standing figure holding a bow and arrow surrounded by a banner with Latin inscription; simple gilded brass cross quillons that taper slightly toward center; six-sided silver grips with oak leaf and acorn spray molded in relief on either side; gilded brass pommel in the form of a conventionalized helmet with chain attached below visor extending to end of quillons below; gilded brass scabbard with upper band with oval frog stud and two carrying rings, middle band with one carrying ring, and tip with rudimentary drag; engraved motifs on obverse of scabbard include an eagle atop a shield bearing the emblem of a raised arm holding aloft a sword, and military trophies with central pike holding a radiant liberty cap.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Estate of Juliana Cutting
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group