H83 - M1821 Artillery Officer's Sword

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H83 - M1821 Artillery Officer's Sword

537.50
This is one of the straight-bladed swords carried by artillery officers under the regulations of 1821 and used for many years thereafter. The single-edged blade has a long false edge extending 15�_" back from the point. There is a solid, down-turned counter guard on the obverse side which is decorated with an eagle with wings upraised and a shield for his breast. The grips are composed of two pieces of bone carved into numerous small diamond-shaped areas by intersecting diagonal lines. The joint between the bone is covered both above and below the grips by strips of gilded brass with a leaf and berry design in low relief. There is a ferrule, also of gilded brass with a leaf and dot design at the base of the grips. The pommel is an eagle's head with rather square lines. The guard which is cast in one piece, consists of a knuckle bow, a large semi-circular counter guard on the obverse side, and a short plain quillon. The knuckle bow, which is baroque in design, is decorated with a floral motif. The blade has traces of some original scroll work, but this is faint. There is, however, no pitting whatsoever. The scabbard, once gilded brass, has aged to a fine, even dark grey patina. It has both a stud and two carrying rings, and was decorated with a series of incised semi-circular lines and punched dots, still partially visible. There was no drag on this scabbard, but there was a decorative finial at the bottom, no longer present. In all this is an extremely nice, early artillery sword.
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