Curved 30" blade with 15-1/2" blued and gilt panel engraved with florals and panoplies, one of which features a Federal shield and Phrygian cap on a pole. Interspersed are two panels reserved on plain steel and etched with florals. Gilt brass stirrup hilt comprising: shield-shaped languets embossed with an oval Federal shield within a laurel wreath and the motto Parta Tuert (Defend Your Acquisitions); fluted ferrule with central roped band; rococo knucklebow modeled as a fluted, scrolling column entwined by leafage and beading; birdshead pommel/backstrap embossed with acorns and oak leaves. Bone grip has checkered, fluted and reeded panels.
Plain brass scabbard fitted with two sling rings. Condition: Blade with scattered light scratches and patches of light pitting and retaining perhaps 50% blued and gilt finishes. Hilt retains 75 80% gilt finish. Grip shows chipping below pommel and vertical hairline crack to one side.
Scabbard with minor dents and scratches and retaining slight traces of gilt finish. Note: Figure 100 in Peterson illustrates a very similar saber identified as a mounted artillery officers saber, circa 1815-30. However, the rococo design of the knucklebow suggests a somewhat later attribution. Additionally, the acorns and oak leaf decoration could also indicate use by a naval officer, as these motifs often have a naval association. "American Swords" Mowbray, page 134 (63e).
The item "Rare Mounded Artillery Officer's American Saber PARTA TUERT Pre Civil War Sword" is in sale since Friday, January 1, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\1784-1860\Original Period Items". The seller is "civilwardagger" and is located in Charlotte, North Carolina. This item can be shipped to United States, Australia, Thailand, Bahamas, Mexico, Norway, Qatar, Bahrain, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Uruguay, Canada.