An American infantry officer’s sword
An American infantry officer’s sword with “Ketland Eagle” pommel c 1805. The plain blade with single edge, cut with a single fuller and stamped on the back edge at the forte WK&C (for William Ketland & Company). The brass eagle’s head pommel and guard each with traces of gilding, the knucklebow and quillon with elaborate acanthus ornament, the star shaped langets with trophies of arms in relief. The eagle’s head has a wedge shaped crest, and the ferrule bands of geometric ornament. The ivory grip is carved with geometric ornament. An untouched sword showing honest wear, the quillon is bent downwards and the blade retains only traces of its original decoration at the forte. See E.A. Mowbray “The Eagle Pommel Sword” 1988 pp 100-107 for an account of these swords.
Blade length 31¾” (80.7cms) Overall length 37” (94cms)