Fine quality French made sword made for the American market, with a superb blade.
Civil War General Officer’s Sword sold by Schuyler, Hartley & Graham, and featured in their 1864 catalog.
The basic pattern for this sword is the 1840 infantry officer’s sword, with much fancier scabbard mountings, and double strand, twisted grip wire over a solid silver grip.
The fine condition 31 inch etched blade, as a blend of floral, panoply of arms along with the “U.S” on the left side of the blade, and small spread-winged eagle with “E Pluribus” in scroll above that going toward the point.
There are French makers cartouches on one side of the ricasso, and S.H.G in script (Schuyler, Hartley & Graham) on the other side. Another French proof mark is stamped on the folding half clamshell counter-guard. French manufacturing marking on the spine covered over with an etched rope style.
Pommel, knuckle bow, quillion are decorated in acanthus leaf; a affixed spread-winged eagle rests on the other fixed counter-guard. Overall, 25-30 percent of the original gilt finish remains, mostly in protected areas. A red wool washer still remains between blade and hilt.
The iron scabbard has its brown finish blending largely with patina. Pitting is at a minimal, with an even smooth metal overall. Three ornate scabbard mounts not to include the basic throat mounting) are used to bring the grade of this sword up from its Foot Officer counterpart. Ball and acanthus leaf design is used for all three; and human hands for the ring fixtures (this being different from the catalog sample). The second ring on the upper mounting is a dismount ring. Perhaps a larger amount of gilt remains on these mounts due to the busy nature of the mounts.
We have included a photo of the catalog sample for comparison.
A hard to find pattern sword from the Civil War era, from one of the best known American military retailers of the 19th Century.
USPS Priority $25.00