Non-Regulation Foot Officer's Sword and Scabbard - With sharkskin grip and From the National Soldier's Museum Collection, Gettysburg, PA. Formerly the Jennie Wade museum, with provenance.
Produced by the Prussian firm of W. Walscheid of Solingen, Prussia (Germany), this imported, non-regulation foot officer’s sword was used in the American Civil War. This handsome sword and scabbard is in very good condition. Walscheid produced high-quality edged weapons for the Union during the Civil War, but did not continue its manufacturing business after the war. Reverse ricasso is stamped with the maker’s mark of “W. WALSCHEID / SOLINGEN” stamped in a two line stamp. Obverse ricasso bears the brass ‘PROVED’ stamp or disc common on non-regulation British pattern swords.
The large iron hilt / guard features a semi-decorative, two-branch iron guard and backstrap that terminates into a robust knucklebow. The hilt is strong and tight. Original read velvet washer is tight and intact. Original sharkskin covered grips are in excellent condition and consist of a straight wooden handle wrapped in high quality, dark-colored rayskin with double-twist brass wire bound around the handle and each turn flanked by single strand brass wire, some wire loss. The scabbard is complete with throat, upper and lower brass bands, mounts, and drag, all tight and secure. Scabbard exhibits a smooth hard surface that is free of dents but does show scattered dark spots of light to moderate rust oxidation. Both bands, mounts and drag are tight. Scabbard retains its two small attachment screws at the throat.
Inventory Number: SWO 074