You are viewing an Original, Antique 1820s-40s US Infantry Officer Sword. Overall, sword is in fair + condition. Blade is good and shows beautiful etching on both sides. The checkered grip is very nice. As pictured the guard is broken and bent.Overall sword retains around 35% gold finish. Scabbard has a few minor dents and is rusted. This sword could absolutely be restored by a professional or talented amateur swordsmith by welding a new piece into the guard. Reasonably simple fix, or if you favor historical accuracy, leave it as is. Item Size: Length in scabbard 37 1/2. Country or Region : United States of America (USA). Visual Inspection: Passed, obviously genuine. For more info do a search for "The Marcel Gibrat Collection" including the quote marks.
Marcel Gibrat (Pictured working on a Greek Kylyx in the 1970s), my grandfather, was a Restorer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan and later owned a Madison Avenue Restoration Studio and Art Gallery one block from the Guggenheim Museum. From the 1960s to 1990s. Marcel was undoubtedly a genius and was, as far as I know, the only Restorer for the Met without a PhD.
In fact he had a sixth grade education. He was also a talented painter. Im Max Lewin the curator of what remains of Marcels extensive art collection, comprising ancient, tribal, Asian and European art.I have grown up around art and. I worked with Marcel summers and in college. Marcel was an unquestioned expert in antiquities and all items in the collection from the ancient world are guaranteed to be authentic. Marcel also had a particular affinity for African tribal art, and while dating such items is problematic, he absolutely had impeccable taste.
Some of his opinions on provenance of tribal items have been challenged. There are also Asian items of various quality, and many fine and genuine items from primitive cultures including relatively contemporary (a few hundred years old) and both neolithic and upper paleolithic items.Many of the items have archaeological markings. The item "Antique 1820s-40s US Infantry Officer Sword with Scabbard Pre Civil War Gold" is in sale since Saturday, September 21, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\1784-1860\Original Period Items".collection" and is located in Asheville, North Carolina. This item can be shipped worldwide.