Sword, scabbard and tassel

Sword, scabbard and tassel
Title
Sword, scabbard and tassel
Date 
1840-1850
Medium 
Steel, brass, wood, leather, textile
Dimensions 
Overall: 37 3/4 x 5 1/4 x 1 1/4 in. ( 95.9 x 13.3 x 3.2 cm )
Description 
Saber with curved, single-edged steel blade with a broad fuller extending to within 6 inches of point and etched designs on obverse and reverse; brass hilt with heavy, four-sided knuckle-bow decorated with a floral band at center flanked by leaf panels, and curved quillon with disk finial with molded rosette on either side; wooden grip with carved ridges covered in leather (and wrapped with wire, now missing); helmet-shaped pommel with scallop motif on top and leaf border centering a flower; strip of gold metallic cloth tape tied to knuckle-bow.
Credit Line 
Gift of John Ward Dunsmore
Object Number 
1941.1158
Marks 
etched: on reverse of blade near center: "US"
Gallery Label 
In accordance with regulations in effect from 1840 to 1850, sabers of this type were used by mounted officers of both artillery and infantry (see Harold Peterson, "The American Sword, 1775-1945," pp. 118-119).
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group