Model 1850 Staff & Field Officer Sword
Union Officer with Model 1850 Staff & Field Officer Sword
On April 9, 1850, the 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 glance. 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 five inches shorter.
The obverse side of the blade is decorated with etched designs which include
floral sprays and military trophies, an American eagle, and a large ribbon
with the motto "E PLURIBUS UNUM." The reverse side bears the
letters "U.S." The blade is marked 'W. CLAUBERG SOLINGEN' and
has the Clauberg Standing Knight logo.
Clauberg was one of the foremost blademakers during the Civil War. The
spine of the blade is marked "IRON PROOF." The grips are covered
with ray skin and wrapped with twisted gilt wire. The guard is of the
half-basket design with two branches on the obverse side. The spaces between
these branches is filled with pierced floral designs and the letters "US."
All metal parts of the hilt are gilded brass. The scabbard is metal with
brass throat, middle band, and tip.
This is the same type of sword carried by COL
Joshua L. Chamberlain during his heroic stand at Gettysburg.