Unidentified Short-Sword

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 otherwise unremarkable.

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."

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