An American artillery platoon officer's eagle pommel sword
Lot 3095Y
An American artillery platoon officer's eagle pommel sword
US$ 1,200 - 1,800
£750 - 1,100

Lot Details
An American artillery platoon officer's eagle pommel sword
probably Birmingham, circa 1804-12
Curved and undecorated 28 1/2 inch blade with broad, shallow fuller. Gilt brass hilt comprising slotted guard, the knucklebow and tip of the quillon fluted; plain ferrule, Birmingham-style eagle with downturned beak. Reeded elephant ivory grip. Complete with original gilt brass-mounted black leather scabbard, the mounts decorated with fluted bands.
Condition: Blade with smooth, dark patina showing some very minor pitting. Hilt retains 70-80% gilt finish. Grip with some a cracks. Scabbard mounts with traces of gilding, the drag with a slight tear at upper edge. Leather generally sound but slightly tender at the drag, with surface crazing and somewhat shrunk from age.
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Footnotes

  • Note: For Birmingham swords with similar eagleheads see pages 96, 97 and 98 of The American Eagle-Pommel Sword by E. Andrew Mowbray where they are termed the "Bolton/Upson" eagle.
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