Sword, scabbard, tassel and belt

Object Number: 
ca. 1917
Steel, other metal, bone, leather; steel, leather
Overall: 39 x 4 5/8 x 3 1/8 in. ( 99.1 x 11.7 x 7.9 cm )
etched: on obverse of blade: "E / PLURIBUS / UNUM" on banner (part of eagle insignia) etched: on reverse of blade near center: "U. S." etched: on reverse of blade near hilt: "SPRINGFIELD / ARMORY / SPRINGFIELD / MASS. U.S.A."
Sword with slightly curved, single-edged steel blade with three-quarter length fuller and etched designs on obverse and reverse; white metal half-basket hilt with three branches on obverse side and quillon with globular finial; bone grip with carved finger grooves; bird's head pommel with backstrap extending to ferrule at base of grip; leather tassel on cord tied to knuckle-bow; steel scabbard with two carrying rings with fragments of leather slings attached and asymmetrical drag.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this sword was used by the donor while serving as Chief of Staff, A.E.F., U.S. Army, from 1917 to 1918.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Estate of Lieutenant-General James G. Harbord
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group