M1850

Date:
c. 1861

M1850 FOOT OFFICER'S SWORD CARRIED BY 2ND LT. DAVID POTTS, CO. I, 26TH PENNSYLVANIA INFANTRY, WHEN KILLED 29 AUG. 1862 AT SECOND MANASSAS. 23.5 BROKEN BLADE MARKED: "W.H./HORSTMANN'S/& SONS/PHILADELPHIA"; FISH-SKIN GRIP DETERIORATED; SCABBARD: CAT # MANA 1709." Origin: PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA.

Description (physical):

Material: Steel, Brass. L: 74.0, H: 11.5, D: 8.0 Cm. The Blade Is Cleanly Broken 23.5 From Hilt With The End Of The Blade Missing. The Metal Has Been Cleaned And Is Free Of Active Rust But Is 33% (Approx.) Pitted And Discolored. The Gasket At The Hilt Is Missing. The Brass Guard Is Undamaged With An Even Patina; It Is Slightly Loose. The Fishskin Covering Over The Grip Is Severely Abraded With The Underlying Wood Visible In Several Places. Two Thin Brass Wires Remain Wrapped Around The Entire Grip But A Larger Twisted Brass Wire Is Missing Except At The Pommel End.".

Location:
12521 Lee Highway Manassas, Virginia 20109
Identifier:
MANA 1708
Institution:
Manassas National Battlefield Park

M1850 (#1708)

Date:
c. 1861

SCABBARD TO M1850 FOOT OFFICER'S SWORD, CAT # MANA 1708. BLACK LEATHER WITH BRASS THROAT INSCRIBED: DAVID POTTS"; TIP & DRAG MISSING; MIDDLE BAND LOOSE DUE TO A MISSING BRASS RETAINING SCREW." Origin: PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA.

Description (physical):

Material: Leather, Brass. L: 75.7, W: 3.7, D: 2.0 Cm. The Leather Body Is Complete And In Sound Condition Except Where It Has Been Bent And Permanently Creased 14.5 Cm From The End. There Are Also Minor Abrasions Typical Of Normal Wear. The Brass Tip And Drag Are Missing; The Middle Brass Band Is Loose Due To A Missing Brass Retaining Screw; The Brass Throat Is Dented On Both Sides (Obverse Side Appears To Have Been Struck With A Sharp, Pointed Object Numerous Times). Both Belt Rings Are Present

Location:
12521 Lee Highway Manassas, Virginia 20109
Identifier:
MANA 1709
Institution:
Manassas National Battlefield Park