Cuttoe with engraved and chased four-slot counterguard, having a serrated outer edge and a smooth inner edge. Bone grip retains traces of a light green stain and is spiral carved with imitative crimped tape bands. A fluted silver ferrule secures the grip’s bottom end. The fluted bone pommel is a separate piece of bone, and is topped with a small silver capstan incorporating a loop for a knuckle chain. Heavy, double-fullered curved blade with etched decoration and unusually long false edge.

Knuckle chain and rear portion of counterguard are missing. There are old soldered repairs to the counterguard.

Date

1770-1780


Geography


Material/Technique

C: Bone, silver, steel D: Leather, silver


Dimensions

Overall (sword): 1 1/2 in. x 30 in. x 3 in. (3.81 cm x 76.2 cm x 7.62 cm)


Credit

Gift of Ulysses S. Grant, 1873


Marks

Sword is etched in script on each side of the blade: “Constantonoplis,” along with other decorative devices like the “man in the moon.”

Scabbard is engraved with a cipher on upper silver mount: "JC".


Object Number

H-758/C-D


Colors


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