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Object Sword
Artistr/Creator W.H. Horstmann and Sons
Year Range from 1860
Year Range to 1865
Description a. Officer's black leather sword belt and buckle from the Civil War, U.S. Navy. Brass buckle with an eagle design in the center of a leaf and vine circle. Two straps hang down from it, one shorther than the other. Each has a tarnished metal hook at the end. A brass button with a star on it is above each loop.
b. Dress sword and scabbard (c). Etched blade made by "W.H. Horstmann and Sons, Philadelphia". Pommel has USN entwined in oak leaf on underside, and seaserpent decorations for handle. Naval symbols etched on blade. Scabbard is black leather with brass attachments. Brass rings attached to molded square knots. Bottom of scabbard has brass tip with sea serpent coiled around it.

Worn by Surgeon Rainford E. Van Gieson on the U.S. Steamer Galena at Fortress Munroe, Virginia in 1863.
Height (inches) 31.5
Width (inches) 1
Length (inches) 28
Related People Van Gieson, Rainsford E.
Subjects United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Credit line Gift of Mrs. Isaac Walker
Catalog Number A5014 a-c