19

Naval Officer’s Eaglehead Non Regulation Sword circa 1850

A very fine example of Peterson’s 139, a handsome non-regulation pipe-backed blade officer’s saber, inspired by the British 1822 officer’s sword, and probably imported by Horstmann of Philadephia. The guard features a beautifully sculpted eagle whose feathers extend the length of the backstrap. The semi-basket guard has “gothic” arches,, with a spread winged eagle perched atop a fouled anchor flanked by laurel leaves. There was a folding reverse guard, but that is missing. The rayskin grip is of very large pebbled skin, with a fine triple wire wrapping. The scabbard is rayskin with handsome engraved brass mounts at the throat and the drag, the throat being engraved with a circle of 13 stars, and the throat is engraved with oak leaves and acorns. There was a frog button, but that is missing. The curved pipe backed blade has a well-developed double edged point that is broader then the rest of the blade. The center of the blade has United States Navy etched in cursive script under a fine American eagle with a ribbon in its beak engraved “LIBERTY.” There is also a stand of American flags with a Liberty Cap atop the central pole. The reverse of the blade has a fouled anchor and another American eagle with the ribbon with “LIBERTY on it, as well as floral swags and a trophy of arms. 

Condition: Overall the sword is very good. It is missing the frog button and the reverse guard. The hilt is otherwise excellent, with a very fine grip. The blade is very good, but there is a patch of heavy rust and some pits right at the point. The scabbard is very good. It may originally have had a middle mount, but there is no sign of it on the rayskin of the scabbard. The sword protrudes about ½ inch from the scabbard.

Size: The sword out of the scabbard is 36 inches long, with the blade being 30 inches long. The sword in scabbard is overall 38 inches long. 

Processing and shipping within the continental U.S. $55.00 plus 1.5% replacement cost insurance.

Condition:

See photos. Witherell's strives to provide as much information and photographs as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Condition statements are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Witherell's. All lots are sold "AS IS" under terms and conditions. Please be advised we do not provide porters nor packing materials for pick ups.

Starting Price: $1,250
Estimate: $2,500 - $5,000
Internet Bidding
 

Have a Similar Item?

Consign With Us
 

Witherell's strives to provide as much information and photographs as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Condition statements are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Witherell's. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms and Conditions. Methods of payment are cash, check, money orders, or wire transfer for foreign payments. Please note we do not accept credit cards. This auction has a buyer's premium of 21% when bidding through witherells.com.