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Sword w/scabbard

Object Number: 
1931.68ab
Date: 
ca. 1835
Medium: 
Steel, brass, gilding; leather, brass, gilding
Dimensions: 
Overall: 37 1/2 x 5 x 2 1/2 in. ( 95.2 x 12.7 x 6.4 cm )
Marks: 
etched: on reverse of blade: "W. H. / Horstmann / & Sons / Philad'a"
Description: 
Sword with straight, evenly tapered, triangular blade with etched designs on all three sides; gilded brass hilt with biloded counter-guard, C-shaped knuckle-bow with stylized floral motif molded at center, straight quillon with bulbous tip with molded ornament, grip with narrow ridges meant to resemble wire wrapping, and urn-shaped pommel with zigzag-patterned band and knob finial; leather scabbard with gilded brass mount at throat with frog stud in the form of a shield, and gilded brass tip with small symmetrical drag.
Gallery Label: 
A note in the accession records identifies this sword as a "rapier of the light guard" worn by the donor, Henry Vincent Allien, between 1835 and 1840.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Henry Vincent Allien
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group