The following sword is yet another one that I cannot
positively identify. It appears to be a Militia,
Non-Combatant, or Society Sword, from the period of about
1890 to 1920.
The hilt crossguard, ferrule, and pommel are all integrated
and of cast brass.The style - although smaller in scale -
is very similar to the Ames-made US Model 1832 Foot Artillery
Short-Sword and the French Model 1831 Foot Artillery
Short-Sword. The grip has 23 raised ribs (or rings). The
cross-guard quillons have circular finials with five
concentric circles (including the last outer circle border).
I have seen examples of these with blades marked GERMANY so
this would suggest they were imported into this country post
1892. Hilt is attached to the blade by method of peening and
deforming the blade tang.
The blade is 18" long; blade cross-section is a very flat
oval shape ~ 1/8" to 3/16" in width. The blade is
un-fullered; doubled-edged but edges are flat, not sharpened.
The sword is obviously intended for a non-combatant -
blade-point is blunted - and would not be useful as a
cutting or thrusting weapon. Blade is unmarked, so maker is
not immediately apparent.
The scabbard is 18-1/4" long, including drag. It is
black-leather-wrapped sheet-rolled-steel; the drag is of
brass and is retained by one screw (reverse) near the top;
design is unremarkable. Throat is of brass and has one
"knob" for attaching the frog or hanger; throat is
Further thoughts -
These swords may be Master-at-Arms
swords for various societies or fraternal orders. It is also
possible these were carried by military-associated orders
that were directly related to war-time artillery companies -
such as the Honourable Artillery Company - after the Civil
War and/or Spanish American War.
A comparable sword is listed in the Ames Sword Company catalog of the late 1800's as item number 352 under I.O.O.F. [Independent Order of Odd Fellows] - Short Swords, "Roman Sword, Black Leather Scabbard." They are also shown to be available with colored, velvet, or metal scabbards; footnoted states, "The swords with metal scabbards can be oxydized [sic], and pretty effects secured if desired."