A varient militia or naval officer's sword retailed by Wm. Horstmann & Sons of Philadelphia
Lot 3102
A variant militia or naval officer's sword retailed by Wm. Horstmann & Sons of Philadelphia
Sold for US$ 468 inc. premium
Lot Details
A variant militia or naval officer's sword retailed by Wm. Horstmann & Sons of Philadelphia
circa 1840-50
Narrow, straight 29 inch double edged blade with 11 inch panel etched with leafy branches; one side with fouled anchor, the other with rectangular panel marked W.H. Horstmann/& Sons/Philadelphia. Brass hilt, the scrolling guard molded with stylized florals, the front side pierced with three holes, probably for an applique, now missing; simple ferrule; pistolgrip pommel molded with leafage; attachments for chain guard have been removed. Reeded bone grip. Brass two-ring scabbard with frog stud and small engraved panels of leafage, reverse stamped Horstmann.
Condition: Blade with grey metal showing minor spotting and generally clear decoration. Hilt with dark patina. Grip with very minor chipping. Scabbard with few minor dents and missing screw for throat.

Footnotes

  • Note: See Fig. 114, The American Sword, 1775-1945, Harold L. Peterson.
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