CIVIL WAR Antique HORSTER “Peterson-75” Non-Regulation U.S. OFFICER’S Sword
Made Circa the Early 1860s
Here we present an antique Civil War Era “Peterson-75” Non-Regulation U.S. Officer’s Sword, retailed by F. Horster circa the late 1850s to the early 1860s in Solingen, Germany. This sword features a straight blade with a US marked iron basket hilt and blade. The grip is wrapped in rayskin and wire. This sword would likely have been used in the American Civil War by Union Officers and the Spanish American war later in the century. Horster is well known as a supplier of swords to the American market before and during the American Civil War.
This sword is an adaptation for the American market of the British 1827 pattern sword for officers of riflemen. This sword has been nicknamed the Peterson-75 after Harold Peterson’s classification of the sword. These were produced by various German makers and exported here for sale by military goods dealers selling to officers, who were obliged to acquire their own arms, uniforms, and equipment. This has an iron hilt and leather scabbard, making it the weapon preferred by some officers for service in the field.
The overall condition is fine. Straight blade with gorgeously detailed etching. The hilt is solid and the rayskin wrap tight. The scabbard is straight and in good condition with a gray patina throughout.
Blade length: 33 inches.
Overall length: 38 inches.
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Overall condition as seen in photos.
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