A scarce U.S. Marine Hospital Service sword
retailed by Horstmann of Philadelphia
Straight 31 inch blade of diamond section with 14 inch panel etched with oak leaves and inscribed on one side N.D. Richardson Brass hilt of variant M. 1860 form, the front shell and pommel molded with a design of caduceus and fouled anchor, knucklebow molded with laurel branches, folding shell with panoply of arms. White shagreen-covered grip bound with multiple strands of brass wire. Black leather scabbard, the brass mounts engraved with stylized blossoms.
Condition: Blade showing scattered spotting/minor pitting. Hilt retains traces of gilt finish. Grip fine. Scabbard showing some surface scuffing but sound.