597. Eaglehead Infantry Officer's Saber C. 1820

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32 3/4" straight blade with single straight stopped fuller etched, blued and gold washed. This is a nice looking saber, the blade retaining about 80% original blue toning to pale brown toward the rear of the blade and perhaps 95% original gold wash. The remainder of the blade has toned to pale gray with scattered fine oxidation, specks of light freckling and some tiny nicks and scratches interestingly along the forte. The etching showing lovely scroll, flags and panoply of arms. The brass eaglehead hilt has a five bead center knucklebow with matching vented single guard and circular downward facing quillon and a fluted polished bone grip. the brass remains mostly bright retaining much original gold wash with light wear along the edges, light tarnish on the collar and a small thin crack in the beak on the reverse side. The bone grip has acquired a nice cream color with age with a small thin age crack on one side and a longer thin crack along three quarters of a flute on the opposite side. Included is a black leather scabbard with brass fittings. The leather shows modest crazing but tight seams and possibly a later added light polish. The brass remains bright, the middle band is loose and there are indentions in front of the top fitting where a longer fitting may have once been present. A specimen resembling this saber (plate 41a) can be found on pages 90 & 91 of American Swords from the Philip Medicus Collection by Mowbray. A very good possible English imported Artillery Officer's saber. (58674-25) (800/1200) SOLD FOR $1,092.50

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