Sword, scabbard and tassel

Sword, scabbard and tassel
Title
Sword, scabbard and tassel
Date 
1850-1870
Medium 
Steel, brass, fish skin, textile; steel, brass
Dimensions 
Overall: 38 x 4 1/2 x 3 in. ( 96.5 x 11.4 x 7.6 cm )
Description 
Sword with curved, single-edged steel blade with two fullers, one broad and one narrow, and etched designs on obverse and reverse; brass half-basket hilt with openwork flower and scroll design on obverse side incorporating initials "US," and curved quillon with globular finial with scroll motifs incised on sides; grips covered in gray fish skin and wrapped with wire; helmet-shaped pommel with leaf border centering a flower; tassel on strip of gold metallic cloth tape threaded through hole pierced in knuckle-bow near juncture with pommel; steel scabbard with brass mounts consisting of upper band with carrying ring, middle band with carrying ring, and tip with asymmetrical drag.
Credit Line 
Gift of Charles M. Lefferts
Object Number 
1923.71ab
Marks 
stamped: on reverse of blade below hilt: "SOLINGEN"
Gallery Label 
This sword is identified as a U.S. field officer's sword in the accession records.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group