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    Only Example Noted C. 1825 U.S. Medical Staff Officers' Eaglehead Straight Sword. The first regulation establishing the form for a medical staff officer's sword was issued in 1832. This sword was apparently made specifically for a medical staff officer prior to that date. 34" overall, 27¾" straight blade. The blade was etched for 2/3 of its length, including designs highlighted with gilt, but now very dark and difficult to discern. Clearly visible, however, on the back of the blade is the gilt highlighted engraved script legend, "U. S. Medical Staff." Absolutely authentic and of the period. The blade is overall dark and smooth, untouched with just some small scattered nicks. The all brass hilt incorporates a shell guard with a spread wing American eagle with shield on its breast, surmounted by scrolls and leaves. There is a small upturned counter guard on the reverse. The knucklebow incorporates military trophies and scroll work. Bone plaque grips with deep mellow patina and twisted brass wire wrap. Entire hilt about perfect retaining 30% of the original silver wash. There is no scabbard. A very rare American sword.

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    November, 2008
    20th-21st Thursday-Friday
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