An unusual U.S. Model 1850 Foot officer's sword
Solingen for the American market
Slightly curved 31 inch blade with broad fuller and six inch etched and engraved panel; one side with scrollwork and US, the other with a Federal eagle with extravagantly spread wings; ricasso marked F.H---/Solingen, probably F. Horster. Brass hilt, the pierced guard molded with oak branches and somewhat larger than usual, eaglehead quillon. Grey shagreen and brass wire-wrapped grip. Heavy iron scabbard with brass throat, the brass mounts with engraved and punched decoration.
Condition: Blade with grey patina showing spotting/light pitting with some heavier pitting and slight fracture/repair (?) towards the point. Hilt and scabbard mounts with dark patina, the guard wih slight deformation. Grip showing wear and with some loss to wire.