Steel, wood, leather
Overall: 26 x 2 x 1 in. ( 66 x 5.1 x 2.5 cm )
Sword with straight, double-edged steel blade (appears to have been ground and shortened); steel bird's head pommel with backstrap extending to ferrule at base of wooden grip; fragment of leather between blade and hilt.
This object is tentatively identified as a U.S.-made U.S. infantry sword in the accession records. Sources for this identification were "Nathan Starr, Arms Maker" (p. 59) and Smithsonian Institution Bulletin No. 163 (plate 4).
Gift of John Ward Dunsmore
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.