Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1159: Eagle Pommel Mounted Infantry Officer's Saber with Scabbard

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Incredibly Fine Eagle Pommel Mounted Infantry Officer's Saber with Silver-Gilt Hilt and Engraved and Gilded Scabbard

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,000 - $6,500

Incredibly Fine Eagle Pommel Mounted Infantry Officer's Saber with Silver-Gilt Hilt and Engraved and Gilded Scabbard

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Description:

This beautiful c. 1830 officer's saber measures 37 1/4 inches from the distinctive eagle pommel to the tip of the curved blade and remains in outstanding condition. The blade has gold highlighted floral and martial motifs that pop on the niter blue backgrounds which terminate in scroll patterns. The silver hilt was gilded and has spread wing eagle and shield languets, a scroll finial, oak leaf and acorn pattern relief cast knuckle bow, an antique bone grip with checkering and incised lines, and a highly detailed eagle pommel. The gilded brass scabbard has engraved floral patterns as well as a spread wing eagle and shield centered between the bands.

Rating Definition:

Exceptionally fine with nearly all of the bright original niter blue and gold finish remaining on the excellent blade which has minimal wear, dark aged patina and traces of original gold on the hilt along with crisp details, slight gaps at the ends of the grip but otherwise minor wear on the grip, strong original gilding at the mouth of the scabbard and otherwise aged patina and crisp engraving on the balance, and generally minor overall wear. This is easily among the highest condition American eagle pommel swords extant and would be incredibly difficult to improve upon.



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