Lot 230
Rare Civil War Era Clauberg Figural Dress Sword for the American Market
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Its 32 in. straight blade is embellished with gilt military themes and scrolled foliage; the left side of the ricasso is stamped W. / CLAUBERG (knight standing)/ SOLINGEN; the right side of the pierced guard carries an American eagle within a streamer reading E PLURIBUS UNUM; the figural grip consists of three silverplate caryatids supporting the pommel while variously holding attributes that incluede a two-serpent caduceus, a dolphin, and a rudder; the plated iron scabbard is enhanced with pierced gothic mounts to include three hanging loops and an ornamental drag; a twisted blue cord is suspended from the scabbard's lower fittings.

39-3/4 overall length

Private North Carolina collection

Figural representations are rarely encountered on American edged weapons. This fine example of the practice greatly enhances this sword's singular appeal.

Light oxidation to scabbard; wear to gilt on the blade; wear to the high points of the grip; overall fine condition.

$1,000 - 2,000