Sword, scabbard, tassel and belt

Title:
Sword, scabbard, tassel and belt
Date: 
ca. 1917
Medium: 
Steel, other metal, bone, leather; steel, leather
Dimensions: 
Overall: 39 x 4 5/8 x 3 1/8 in. ( 99.1 x 11.7 x 7.9 cm )
Description: 
Sword with slightly curved, single-edged steel blade with three-quarter length fuller and etched designs on obverse and reverse; white metal half-basket hilt with three branches on obverse side and quillon with globular finial; bone grip with carved finger grooves; bird's head pommel with backstrap extending to ferrule at base of grip; leather tassel on cord tied to knuckle-bow; steel scabbard with two carrying rings with fragments of leather slings attached and asymmetrical drag.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Estate of Lieutenant-General James G. Harbord
Object Number: 
1949.88ab
Marks: 
etched: on obverse of blade: "E / PLURIBUS / UNUM" on banner (part of eagle insignia) etched: on reverse of blade near center: "U. S." etched: on reverse of blade near hilt: "SPRINGFIELD / ARMORY / SPRINGFIELD / MASS. U.S.A."
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this sword was used by the donor while serving as Chief of Staff, A.E.F., U.S. Army, from 1917 to 1918.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group