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Object ID 1927.002.001
Object Name Sword
Collection Weapons & Accessories
Credit line Gift of Mrs. Preston Lea
Year Range from 1863
Year Range to 1865
Made William Clauberg; Ames Manufacturing Co.
Makers mark One side of the blade is engraved: "Ironproof" and "Clauberg / Solingen" around a knight in armour motif.

The scabbard is stamped "Ames Mfg. Co. / Chicopee / Mass" on one side near the hilt.
Description Model 1852 naval officer's sword and scabbard that is said to have belonged to Captain Charles Corbit of Company C, First Delaware Cavalry. The sword has a 29 1/2" long steel blade that is etched with "U.S." and various naval motifs, including an anchor, eagle, crossed oars, and a U.S. flag and masthead. One side is engraved "Ironproof" and "Clauberg / Solingen" around a knight in armor motif. The gray shagreen grip is wrapped in brass wire, and the pommel and guard are brass with fish and oak and acorn motifs with "USN" on the underside. The pommel has a central eagle motif surrounded by thirteen stars.

The leather scabbard has brass fittings with knot motifs and two rings. The drag has a sea serpent motif around it. It is stamped "Ames Mfg. Co. / Chicopee / Mass" on one side near the hilt.

Dimensions W-1 L-34.75 inches
Dimension Details overall greatest length of sword; width of blade; scabbard is 29 3/4" long.
Owned Captain Charles Corbit
Provenance This sword is said to have belonged to Captain Charles Corbit of Odessa, DE, who led a charge against Confederates in Westminster, MD (Carroll County) in July of 1863 as part of the Gettysburg Campaign. Since it is a naval sword, how he acquired it, and under what circumstances, is unclear.
Subjects Arms & armament
Navies
Daggers & swords
Search Terms Civil War
Swords
Captain Charles Corbit
Charles Corbit
Ames Manufacturing Company
William Clauberg
Nineteenth Century
Odessa
New Castle County
Material Steel; brass; shagreen grip
Place of Origin Solingen, Germany;Chicopee, MA
Event Civil War