Model 1852 Naval Officers Sword

Model 1852 Naval Officers Sword

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Description (Brief)
This Model 1852 Navy sword and scabbard, closely resembling U.S. Army officers' swords of the period, belonged to Lt. Samuel Howard. Howard volunteered to pilot the U.S.S. Monitor on the very day she fought the historic battle with the C.S.S. Virginia at Hampton Roads in March 1862.
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Object Name
Other Terms
Edged Weapons; Navy; Officer
Howard, Samuel
Physical Description
steel (overall material)
leather (overall material)
brass (overall material)
overall: 5 1/2 in x 33 1/2 in x 3 1/4 in; 13.97 cm x 85.09 cm x 8.255 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Edged Weapons
USS Monitor vs. CSS Virginia
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Military
Civil War
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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