Variant form and superior quality. 29 1/2” d.e. blade decorated with patriotic and military motifs. The base with The Pettibone Bros. Mfg. Co Cin. O. Hilt with scalloped side guard and particularly high relied decoration. Tape wrapped black leather grip. Plated scabbard with fine mounts matching the hilt. The Pettibone address is recorded active 1871-1900 placing this example in the Westward expansion and Indian Wars period. Privately purchased, it is a deluxe example for an officer of status and means. George Custer was well known for his taste for the extravagant in uniforms and arms.