Peterson #10. One piece brass hilt shows uniform dark aging only. 32 1/4" blade marked at the forte, Collins & Co. Hartford Conn. 1862. Collins is noted for making fine quality officer's swords and produced just 648 examples of this pattern. This one is further distinguished by the fact that the blade retains its original blue finish, a feature which is not required by regulations and not seen by us from any other makers of this pattern. As makers of officer's swords, Collins had the facilities for bluing blades whereas makers producing only standard issue swords did not. Further, of the few other Collins examples which we have seen, none retained the original finish on the blade and in fact, were in inferior condition throughout. Early War dating as well adds to the appeal of this sword.