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Object Name Sword
Date ca. 1861-1865
Description U.S. medical staff sword, for surgeons and assistant surgeons, from the Civil War era. It has a decorative brass hilt with an eagle design on the grip and the letters "MS" (for Medical Staff) applied on a shield-shaped langet. The scabbard (blade cover) is also brass. The steel blade is decorated and etched "U.S." Overall length 35.25 inches.
(Keywords: United States, Weapon, New York)
Acquisition Gift of Harvey P. Blauvelt
Ownership and History According to Staten Island Historical Society records, this sword had belonged to Harvey P. Blauvelt's grandfather, a Staten Island resident.

An illustration in "Regulations for the uniforms and dress of the army of the United States" (Philadelphia: Horstmann, 1851) identifies this as "Sword for Officers of Medical Staff." Horstmann was both a maker and reseller of swords.
Earliest Date 1861
Latest Date 1865
Material Steel/Brass/Silver
Subjects Military personnel
Arms & armament
Civil wars
Lexicon Sub-category Armament -- Edged
Catalog Number W01.0240
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2011.
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