This is one of my favorite patterns of Civil War staff & field officer's swords. 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 nice gray tone all over. You can see some the original engraving on the blade of the sword on each side. 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 Soligen, 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 stand out from the rest because of the hand guard. It has the U.S. lettering along with the eagle design in the guard. This one still has the original handle intact and as you can see it has a nice look. The wire is the double twist style made of copper and it displays well. A superb amount of the original rayskin grip is still present. 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 pleasing look and will enhance any collection.'