Antique American Civil War N.C.O. Militia Infantry Officer's Sword
Antique 19th century Civil War period American N.C.O. or Sergeant's militia infantry officer's sword & scabbard. Carried by sergeants who led in battle. At the onset of the Civil War, the US standing Army comprised 16,000 men only. A defense force of 75,000 was created by calling up the militias. It was the militias which formed the Northern defense and response to the Southern attack. This sword dates among the earliest of these and surely saw service in the Civil War. Used also by Southern militias as well as Northern, these were drawn into the Civil War on both sides.
DETAILS: A straight double-edged plane steel blade with elliptical cross section, an elaborate hilt comprises, brass cross-guard with central quillon block decorated with leaves and scrolls, shield shaped langets. Robust bone grip surmounted by gold pained white metal Knight's plumed helmet pommel. Iron scabbard mounted with suspension ring.
Gold pained white metal Knight's plumed helmet pommel strongly suggests the Civil War period production during which was shortage of brass since brass was used in large scale for military equipment productions.
There are many variations of American N.C.O. or Sergeant's militia infantry officer's sword scabbards
Overall length: 89 cm (35.04 inches)
Overall length without the scabbard: 81 cm (31.89 inches)
CONDITION: bone grip in good preservation, with age cracks (as common in these material) and lovely patina, iron scabbard with some dents and absence of mouthpiece.
These are signs of age and usage, that can be expected from an over 155-year-old combat sword. Please see the photos as they are a part of the description.
1. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Swords and Sabres by Harvey J. S. Withers. Page 178
2. Swords and Hilt Weapons: Peter Connolly, Michael D. Coe. Page 108
3. The Illustrated World Encyclopedia of Knives, Swords, Spears & Daggers by Harvey J. S. Withers and Tobias Capwell. Page 312
Please see the picture attached to the listing.
The buyer will be provided with a copy of the pages from the mentioned references, together with a certificate of authenticity.