Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 107: Model 1850 Foot Officer's Sword

Auction Date: May 13, 2022

Extraordinary Gilt Model 1850 Foot Officer's Sword and Scabbard

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $8,500 - $13,000

Extraordinary Gilt Model 1850 Foot Officer's Sword and Scabbard

Manufacturer: None
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Type: Other
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Catalog Page: 82
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The Model 1850 Foot Officer’s sword was the standard company grade officer's sword from 1850 to 1872 and was manufactured by several companies, particularly during the Civil War when demand was exceptionally high. An iconic Civil War officer’s sword, it would remain in service until 1872. This sword has no dates or maker's marks. The 30 3/4 inch long blade has classical martial and patriotic etching. The brass hilt and scabbard fittings are gilded, and the hilt has the usual floral patterns. The grip is wrapped in alternating brass wire and black shagreen. The scabbard body is black leather.

Rating Definition:

Excellent with nearly all of the original gilt finish and minimal age and storage related wear mainly on the leather and grip. The outstanding blade remains bright and displays excellent etching. Definitely one of the finest Model 1850 Foot Officer's Swords we have seen.

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