Sword Presented to Levi Force

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Description (Brief)
Presented to Captain L. Force by his Company
Formerly a sergeant in the regular army, Levi Force enlisted as a private in Company ‘C’ of the 179th New York Volunteer Infantry in April, 1864. By August he was promoted to Captain and mustered out with his regiment in June 1865. This sword was presented to him by the men of his Company.
The blade of this Model 1850 presentation sword is long, curved, and single edged. The fuller is broad and shallow, and extends about two thirds of the way to the tip of the blade. Both sides are decorated with scroll designs in silver chasing. The obverse bears an eagle holding an "E PLURIBUS UNUM" banner, and the reverse bears a "U.S." monogram. The grip of the sword is cylindrical and has a metal gilt wire that wraps around it in a spiral. The pommel features oak spray castings on the sides and a scroll design on the top. The knuckle guard is a strip of gold metal with floral sprays. The counterguard is half basket shaped and bears an eagle with a US shield and oak and laurel sprays. The knuckle guard terminates in a quillon in the shape of an eagle's head.
The scabbard has three gold mounts. The top mount bears a casting of Columbia holding a sword and a US shield. The second mount bears military trophies. The third mount features a Union soldier carrying a flag. The reverse of the first mount bears the inscription “Presented to / Capt. L. Force / By his Company”. There are two carrying rings on the scabbard, one on the right side of each of the top two mounts
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1865
associated person
Force, Levi
W. Clauberg
place made
Deutschland: North Rhine-Westphalia, Solingen
Physical Description
metal, gilt (scabbard material)
steel (blade material)
metal (hilt material)
blade: 33 in x 1 1/8 in; 83.82 cm x 2.8575 cm
scabbard: 33 3/4 in x 2 3/4 in; 85.725 cm x 6.985 cm
overall: 39 in x 4 3/4 in; 99.06 cm x 12.065 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
John N. Force
Edged Weapons
Civil War
related event
Civil War
See more items in
Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
Civil War Presentation Swords
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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