Sword, scabbard and tassel
Steel, brass, wood, leather, textile
Overall: 37 3/4 x 5 1/4 x 1 1/4 in. ( 95.9 x 13.3 x 3.2 cm )
etched: on reverse of blade near center: "US"
Saber with curved, single-edged steel blade with a broad fuller extending to within 6 inches of point and etched designs on obverse and reverse; brass hilt with heavy, four-sided knuckle-bow decorated with a floral band at center flanked by leaf panels, and curved quillon with disk finial with molded rosette on either side; wooden grip with carved ridges covered in leather (and wrapped with wire, now missing); helmet-shaped pommel with scallop motif on top and leaf border centering a flower; strip of gold metallic cloth tape tied to knuckle-bow.
In accordance with regulations in effect from 1840 to 1850, sabers of this type were used by mounted officers of both artillery and infantry (see Harold Peterson, "The American Sword, 1775-1945," pp. 118-119).
Gift of John Ward Dunsmore
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.