"Indian Princess" Sword - Inventory Number: SWO 189
Circa 1830 "Indian Princess" American Militia Officer's Straight Sword by Horstmann, Philadelphia. Occurring in a number of different configurations, this pommel form was very popular with American militia officers during the 1825 - 1840 period. This example uses a 30" blade which is decorated for 1/2 of its length with fire blue with engraved scroll and military motifs highlighted with gilt. The blade is in particularly good condition. The all brass hilt retains traces of the original gilt, knucklebow decorated with floral and scroll motifs and the classic Indian princess pommel. Grips are two-piece ribbed bone in excellent condition. Hilt is untouched, generally with dark patina.
All brass scabbard profusely decorated with engraved oak leaf and scroll designs with an acanthus leaf vine on the lower section. Brass throat, single brass ring mount, frog stud with scroll decoration. Separately affixed brass scroll on the reverse of the scabbard with "Horstmann & Sons/Makers/Philada" logo. Just a few very minor shallow dents and an old repair near the tip. Really a choice example of this very desirable form of American militia officer's sword.
Inventory Number: SWO 189