|Collection||Weapons & Accessories|
|Credit line||Gift of Mrs. Preston Lea|
|Year Range from||1863|
|Year Range to||1865|
|Made||William Clauberg; Ames Manufacturing Co.|
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.
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.|
Arms & armament
Daggers & swords
Captain Charles Corbit
Ames Manufacturing Company
New Castle County
|Material||Steel; brass; shagreen grip|
|Place of Origin||Solingen, Germany;Chicopee, MA|