A militia infantry officer's sword retailed by Horstmann & Sons, Philadelphia
Lot 5142
A militia infantry officer's sword retailed by Horstmann & Sons, Philadelphia
US$ 1,500 - 2,500
£970 - 1,600

Lot Details
A militia infantry officer's sword retailed by Horstmann & Sons, Philadelphia
circa 1843-50
Narrow, straight 28 1/2 inch blade with 12 inch blued and gilt panel engraved with conventional florals and panoplies and marked at the base W.H.H. Ricasso with crowned head mark of Weyersberg. Silver-plated brass stirrup hilt comprising downturned quillon, the finial molded with scrolls, rim of guard with a design of a wavy band and small lozenges, knucklebow molded with palmettes and foliage, faceted urn-shaped pommel. Reeded bone grip. Silver-plated brass two-ring scabbard with frog stud and engraved with small panels of leafage, reverse with scrolled copper label Horstmann/& Sons/Makers/Philada.
Condition: Fine blade retaining most blued and gilt finish showing some fading/wear above the hilt. Hilt retains nearly all silvered finish with some wear to pommel. Grip with one minor age crack. Scabbard retains perhaps 15% of silver-plated finish.
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Footnotes

  • Note: For an example of this exact pattern see Fig. 107, The American Sword, 1775-1945, Harold L. Peterson. The sword shown there is identified as an artillery officer's sword as it had traces of gilt finish.
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