This is a fine example of the standard US Model 1850 Foot Officers Sword. The slightly curved 31 inch blade is bright with original polish and only minor spotting over its length. This example, like most during the Civil War, is an import. This one was made in Solingen, Germany. Solingen is called the “City of Blades” and is renowned since medieval times for the manufacturing of fine swords made by famous firms such as Dreiturm, Clauberg, Eickhorn, Carl Schmidt & Sohn, Henkels, Boker and numerous other manufacturers. The 31″ bright blade retains much original polish and is panel etched and engraved with floral scrollwork and military panoplies; one side with “U.S.” and the other with “Solingen” and the Federal eagle. Brass hilt of proscribed pattern and has aged to a deep mustard patina. Grey sharkskin and copper wire-wrapped grip remains in excellent condition. Black bridal leather covered metal scabbard is brass mounted with the mounts and drag a beautiful dark patina. The leather is in exellent condition with only minor scuffs and very minor age cracking in a few locations at the surface which does not go through the leather. All stitching is solid and intact.
This pattern was used by both the North and South during the Civil War.
Priced very fairly given the condition. If you are looking for an original, untouched Model 1850 Foot Officers Sword you will have a hard time improving on this one.