U.S. Navy Sword and Scabbard

U.S. Navy Sword and Scabbard
Title
U.S. Navy Sword and Scabbard
Date 
ca. 1863
Medium 
Steel, brass, fish skin; leather, brass
Dimensions 
Overall: 35 1/2 x 5 x 2 7/8 in. ( 90.2 x 12.7 x 7.3 cm )
Description 
Sword with slightly curved, single-edged steel blade with two fullers, one broad and one narrow, and etched designs on obverse and reverse; brass hilt with grip covered in gray fish skin and wrapped with braided wire; oval counter-guard with openwork oak leaf and acorn design on obverse with "USN" molded in relief on underside; helmet-shaped pommel with an eagle in an oval frame studded with thirteen stars molded on top and an oak leaf and acorn border centering a flower and stamped stars below; dolphin head at end of knuckle-bow joining pommel, and dolphin head finial on quillon; leather scabbard with brass carrying ring mounts, which are cast in high relief and resemble knotted rope, and brass tip with drag with fish-like appearance similar to "dolphins" on hilt; remnants of leather slings on metal clips attached to carrying rings.
Credit Line 
Gift of Joseph Dunlap
Object Number 
1969.36ab
Marks 
etched: on reverse of blade: "USN" on banner
Gallery Label 
According to the accession records, this sword was worn by Surgeon Titus M. Coan, U.S. Navy, from 1863 to 1865.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group