Sword Presented to A. H. Foster

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Description (Brief)
Presented to Captain A.H. Foster by Company D of the 25th Massachusetts Volunteers Regiment on February 8, 1862.
Description
Albert H Foster mustered in as a Captain of the 25th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment on Oct. 12, 1861. He mustered out on Oct. 20, 1864.
The blade of this Model 1850 presentation sword is single edged and slightly curved. There is a broad, shallow fuller on three quarters of the blade. Floral designs and military trophies decorate both sides. There is an eagle on the obverse and a "US" monogram on the reverse. The shark skin grip is wrapped 14 times with a thin gold metal wire. The counterguard is an ornate sculpture of three parallel gold strips connected with floral sprays and laurel leaves and a “US” monogram. The reverse of the counterguard is a small gold ova. The quillon is a basic solid spiral decorated with a palm leaf engraving on the front.
The scabbard is gold plated and has two simple, thin gold mounts decorated with laurel leaves. Between the mounts are ornate scroll designs and the inscription “Presented to / Capt. A. H. Foster Co. D. 25 REG. Mass. Vo. / BY / HIS COMPANY / As a token of their regard and esteem for him. / and for his bravery at the battle of Roanoke. / Feb. 8th 1862.” Between the second mount and the drag, there is a complex military trophy and floral spray engraving. The reverse of the scabbard bears no decoration. The scabbard has two carrying rings—one on the right side of the top mount, and the other on the right side of the middle mount.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1862
date presented
1862
recipient
Foster, Albert H.
maker
Ames Manufacturing Company
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Chicopee
referenced
United States: Virginia, Roanoke
Physical Description
metal: gilt (scabbard material)
metal (hilt material)
metal (blade material)
shark skin (grip material)
Measurements
scabbard: 33 1/4 in x 2 1/4 in; 84.455 cm x 5.715 cm
blade: 32 1/4 in x 1 1/8 in; 81.915 cm x 2.8575 cm
overall: 38 1/2 in x 4 3/4 in; 97.79 cm x 12.065 cm
ID Number
AF.5836
catalog number
5836
accession number
24418
Credit Line
Mrs. R. A. Foster
subject
Edged Weapons
Civil War
related event
Civil War
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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