Model 1840, Civil War Medical Staff Sword
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Model 1840, Civil War Medical Staff Sword:
The blade is etched W.H.Horstman & Sons, Philadelphia, which makes it pre-1859. The city directory of Philadelphia lists the company as Horstman Brothers & Sons in 1959. From 1843 until 1859, the directory listed the company as both W.H. Horstman & Co. and W.H.Horstman & Sons. This sword definitely saw the civil war as doctors were obviously in high demand. It has a heavy blade fully decorated with etchings from bottom to top. The patina and age on this sword are beautiful. I will let the pictures do the rest of the description.