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.
Arms & armament
|Lexicon Sub-category||Armament -- Edged|
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