Colonial sword/hanger with baldric and strap done in the fashion of 1750’s for Militia officer. Hanger, baldric and strap are in excellent sturdy condition, with adjustable strap having a contemporary copy of period buckle. The scabbard has tin mounts. The sword is a “classic primitive “with a 16 ½” blade being 21 ½” overall; guard is simple iron D Guard, with fine pommel atop fluted wooden handle and iron ferrule at it’s base. Indicative of period represented there is a high capstan rivet on top of pommel. Typical spring steel back sword type blade.
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