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    Scarce American Eagle Head Naval Officer's Straight Sword, ca. 1820. Although the eagle head was, by far, the most popular form for American swords of this period, those incorporating uniquely naval motifs are quite rare. 31¾" straight blade decorated for 1/2 its length with a fire blued panel, engraved with military and foliate motifs and highlighted with gilt. "In Solingen" in a small gilt panel at the base of the reverse with a similar panel on the obverse but impossible to discern because of the counter guard. Blade retains much original luster, blue and gilt about 40%, just some scattered staining and a few patches of salt and peppering. The all brass hilt retains traces of the original silver. The large counter guard exhibits deep relief motifs of a tuck wing eagle with shield on crossed flags and fouled anchors, surmounted by stars with ocean waves underneath. The knucklebow incorporates scroll and floral motifs with a lion head face in the center. Sleek open mouthed eagle head pommel with delineated feathers. Lion head quillon and a small turned up counterguard on the reverse. The four piece ivory grip is fluted on the face and flat on the sides, there is a scroll decorated ferrule at the base. All brass with dark untouched patina, grips with nice mellow color. The original leather scabbard has several old repaired breaks and is now in two pieces with a break approximately 14" from the tip. There is no loss, however, and easily repaired/neatened up. Retains the brass throat with single carrying ring an frog stud decorated with scroll motifs. The throat also retains vestiges of the original silver. A very difficult to obtain American naval officer's sword.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2008
    29th-30th Sunday-Monday
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