U.S. Wm. H. Horstman & Sons 1850 Foot Officer's Sword
Guns International #: 100359480 Seller's Inventory #: 10180
Category: Edged Weapons Pre 1900 - Military Collectible U.S.
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Company: Down East Antiques - Joe Salter
Member Since: 9/10/10
First Name: Garrick-March-Jim-Joe
Last Name: Salter
State: New Hampshire
Country: United States
Phone: (603) 732-4000
Fax: (603) 732-4200
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Seller: FFL Dealer
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This sword has a 31 3.8" blade with a fuller to within 9" of the tip. The smaller fuller comes to within 10 1/2" of the tip. The ricasso reads "W.H. Horstman/and Sons/Philadelphia." The ricasso shows the king's head mark of Gebruder Weyersburg of Solingen with who Horstman had a lengthy business relationship. The blade back has the "iron proof" mark on the spine. The heavily etched blade has "E Pluruis Unum" on the right side and "U.S. on the left with martial panoplies and acanthus leaves on both sides. Horstman was at several different addresses in Philadelphia from 1785 - 1854 with various names and partnerships. The company was generally considered to be an assembler of swords, making very few parts himself. This example has a rare fish skin scabbard with all gilt brass fittings and gilt brass guard. The grip is also of wire wound fish skin. The fish skin scabbard is a rare feature and indicates a special order item. We have never seen another similar one. For the US military , Civil War or sword collector.