Non-Regulation Officer's Sword
(circa 1850-1865)

Union officer with a non-regulation sword

Non-Regulation Civil War Officer's Sword. The basket-style steel hilt contains a cutout American eagle, with the letters U.S. underneath. A banner above the eagle contains the phrase E. Pluribus Unum. The Eagle looks toward the arrows, signifying that the sword was manufactured during the war. The riccaso is stamped W. WALSCHEID, SOLINGEN. Opposite of this marking is a small brass insert with the word "PROVED." The hardwood grip is covered with leather and wrapped with twisted wire.

Most Civil War officers were expected to purchase their own swords. At times, the demand for regulation pattern swords outpaced the supply. To remedy this situation, many Union officers turned to good quality non-regulation swords made in Germany.