Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 169: Pre-Civil War Militia Staff Officer's Sword with Scabbard

Auction Date: September 10, 2021

Pre-Civil War Militia Staff Officer's Eagle Pommel Sword with Scabbard

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,000 - $3,000

Pre-Civil War Militia Staff Officer's Eagle Pommel Sword with Scabbard

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This militia staff officer's sword with eagle pommel and silver finished brass scabbard was manufactured circa1840. The sword has a straight 30 1/2 inch blade with central fuller. The blade is acid-etched and dry needle engraved with a Federal Eagle with "E. Pluribus/Unum" on a ribbon along with floral and martial designs. The silver-plated brass hilt has a cast eagle and shield pommel, a chain guard extending from the pommel to the guard finial and shell-shaped languets. The grip has simple carved designs. The scabbard has two suspension bands with rings and a frog stud and is engraved with a federal eagle and shield and floral designs. The blade has no visible maker's marks or proof marks.

Rating Definition:

Good. The blade has a mix of brighter and muted areas with clear etched designs. The hilt has moderate wear compared to the blade with an aged patina and about 30% of the silver plating. The grip is very good with a slight chip and light aging. The scabbard is very good with about 60% of the thinning plating, a couple minor dents, and an overall aged patina.

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