This auction is for an 1850 Staff & Field Officers sword by W. Clauberg Solingen circa 1850 -1872. On April 9, 1850, the US Army adopted a standard saber for all staff and field officers of infantry, artillery, and riflemen. Although designated for use by senior officers through the rank of colonel, several generals (on both sides) carried this type sword during the Civil War.
The blade of the Staff & Field Officer sword is so slightly curved that it looks straight at first. It is single-edged with a false edge extending back nine inches from the point. There is a wide deep fuller which runs from the ricasso to the beginning of the false edge, and a narrow fuller above the broad one which is approximately three inches shorter on both sides of the blade. Both sides of the blade are decorated with exquisite etched designs which include floral sprays, patriotic symbols, an American eagle with a ribbon and the motto "E PLURIBUS UNUM." The reverse side also has floral sprays, patriotic symbols and the letters "U.S." in a very fancy calligraphy script. The blade is marked 'W. CLAUBERG SOLINGEN' and has the Clauberg Standing Knight logo. Clauberg was one of the foremost sword makers during the Civil War. The spine of the blade is marked "IRON PROOF." The grips are wooden and covered with ray skin and wrapped with twisted gilt wire. The guard is of the half-basket design with two branches on the reverse side. The spaces between these branches are filled with pierced floral design. All metal parts of the hilt are gilded brass. The scabbard is metal with a brass throat, two brass bands, and brass tip. Blade i2 ~32”, OAL ~40 ½”
This sword is in fine condition, the blade is not tarnished, has no nicks or other defects. No attempt was made to polish or sharpen the blade. The handle displays some wear (mostly on the inside). The scabbard shows normal wear with some minor dings. No attempt was made to clean or polish the scabbard or the brass furniture. This is a far better than average Model 1850 Staff & Field Officers Sword.
This sword belonged to a WWII US Army Colonel whose collection included firearms (mostly European and Japanese from WWll and before), edged weapons and more. This piece will make an excellent addition to someone’s collection.
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