Pattern 1850 Staff Officer's Sword by Horstman & Sons

32" slightly curved single-edged spear point blade with 23" stopped median fuller and narrow 13" fuller along spine. 6" hilt with gold gilt brass open work guard with US in face, flowing foliate motifs and acanthus leaves surrounding the pommel cap. Shagreen covered grooved wood grip with 15 wraps of triple stand wire, the middle wire being coiled. Blade with frosty etching marked W.H. / HORTSMAN / & SON / PHILADELPHIA on the obverse ricasso with patriotic motifs, foliate scrolls, panoplies of arms, an American eagle and E Pluribus Unum in a ribbon. Reverse etched with more foliate scrolls, patriotic motifs, panoplies of arms and a large U.S. as the central panel. Accompanied by a lacquer browned metal scabbard with gilt brass mounts.


Near fine. Blade with most of its polish and frosty etching, showing only some scattered flecks of surface oxidation and discoloration. Hilt with much of the gold gilt and some light wear to the shagreen. Scabbard with traces of finish and with evenly distributed surface oxidation and light roughness over most of the metal. Mounts with some strong traces of gilding remaining.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
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