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Sword, scabbard and tassel

Sword, scabbard and tassel
Title
Sword, scabbard and tassel
Date 
1870-1905
Medium 
Steel, brass, fish skin; metal
Dimensions 
Overall: 39 x 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 in. ( 99.1 x 10.8 x 8.9 cm )
Description 
Sword with straight, single-edged steel blade with three-quarter length fuller and etched designs on obverse and reverse; brass half-basket hilt with blank shield incorporated into openwork design on obverse side and short quillon with disk finial; grips covered in gray fish skin and wrapped with wire; stepped oval pommel with ball finial and backstrap with molded loops and chevrons; ferrule at base of grips; white metal 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 the 7th Regiment, National Guard New York, through Major Kenneth Miller
Object Number 
1951.402ab
Marks 
etched: on reverse of blade below hilt: "FIRMIN / & SONS / LIMITED / 15[3?] / STRAND / LONDON"
Gallery Label 
According to the accession records, this is a field officer's sword used by the 7th Regiment, National Guard New York, between 1870 and 1905.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group