Named USN American Navy Civil War Sword by Pollard
Lovely Union Navy Civil War officer's sword by Pollard & Co, Boston MA. The true personality with this sword is that the fellow's name is engraved twice with the name John A Floyd. First on the scabbard and then on the top of the guard beside the USN casting. Both are done in different styles and both are undoubtedly original to the sword being the correct style, Sunken in and heavily patinated. I was only able to find him listed as a coxswain which is sort of a cool job. Certainly some more research potential there. Just lovely to see. The blade on this sword is in great shape with frosting remaining strong throughout (See photos). Engraving includes the usual polearms and fouled anchors but one side has a lovely eagle perched on top of a cannon that has some real eye appeal to it. The drag section of the scabbard is lost to time and the seam is open much of the way but these leather scabbards are usually long gone. The blade has not suffered much do to this missing piece darkening only on the last couple of mm of the tip. Scabbard fittings are in the form of naval knots on the outward side. Oilcloth wrapped handle is in great shape with the guard extending out into a serpent head at both the top and bottom. The tang peg is nicely worked into the eagle's belly on the pommel. Most of the original red washer is visible. Ricasso shows the name AW Pollard & Co Boston.