Steel, brass, fish skin, gilding; steel, brass, gilding
Overall: 38 7/8 x 5 x 4 in. ( 98.7 x 12.7 x 10.2 cm )
Sword with curved, single-edged steel blade with three-quarter length fuller and etched designs on obverse and reverse; gilded brass half-basket hilt with two branches on obverse side joining oval counter-guard, which is molded with an eagle and thirteen stars; grip covered in charcoal gray fish skin and wrapped with plain and twisted wire; helmet-shaped pommel with shield and leaf garland molded on front; end of knuckle-bow with molded scroll motif at juncture with pommel; steel scabbard with gilded brass mounts, including upper band with carrying ring, middle band with carrying ring, and tip with scalloped upper edges and a flower flanked by leaf sprays molded on either side.
Gift of Thomas S. Waitbeck
etched: on obverse of blade: "U.S."
etched: on reverse of blade: "E PLURIBUS / UNUM" on banner (part of eagle insignia)
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