This is an odd variation of Civil War staff & field officer's sword. This is the style that was made in
Germany and imported for retail sale to well-to-do Union officers. This one has a full-length blade with a gorgeous light tone all over. You can see the original engraving on the blade of the sword on each side that is in superb condition. On the front side of the blade it has the beautiful spread wing union eagle along with the "
E PLURIBUS UNUM" motto of the
U.S. On the back of the blade it has a very clear "
US" in ornate letters. At the base of the back of the blade you can clearly see the stamp of the production location of
Germany as well as most of the maker's mark of W. Walscheid. They manufactured many quality edged weapons during the Civil War such as this one. They would be made in
Germany and imported to be sold by the quality retailers of the day. These non-regulation staff officer swords usually have the eagle design in the guard but this one is different. They used an English pattern hand guard with the hunting horn design that has the "US" letter with the eagle above. Above the eagle, it has the "E PLURIBUS UNUM" motto still partially visible. This one still has the original handle intact with the sharkskin grip. The sword is accompanied by the original all metal scabbard. The scabbard is complete with both rings, mounts, drag and throat. This sword has a very beautiful blade and will enhance any collection.