This is a nice looking Civil War staff & field officer's sword and scabbard. This is the style that was made in Germany
and imported here tot he United States for retail sale to well-to-do Union officers. This one has a full-length blade with a light gray tone all over. You can see a superb amount of the original etching 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
On the back of the blade it has a very clear "
" in ornate letters. At the base of the back of the blade you can clearly see the production location of
Germany as well as the F. Horster maker mark. Companies in Solingen
manufactured many quality edged weapons during the Civil War such as this one. They would be made in
and imported to be sold by the quality retailers of the day. The end of the sword has a couple of spots and a nick. These non-regulation staff officer swords stand out from the rest because of the hand guard. It has the
lettering along with the eagle design in the guard. The guard is the style that is made of iron and as you can see it has a gorgeous untouched color to the metal. This one still has the original handle intact and as you can see it has a nice well worn look. This one has the spring wire is present as well as all of the flanking strands. About 98% of the original rayskin grip is still present. The sword is accompanied by the original all metal scabbard. Again the scabbard is the all iron version which is correct and original to the sword. The scabbard is complete with both rings, mounts, drag and throat. It is a fien sword with a great looking etched blade.