Pattern C.1850. Alloy hilt with an eagle on shield guard and spread-winged eagle pommel. Particularly well detailed with the feather barbs individually scribed. The choice of the hilt metal, evidently tin rich copper alloy, was probably to allow for the intricate detailing. Fine reeded bone grip. 28 1/8” d.e. blade with German maker’s mark at the root. Elegant pattern. The grip without the small chips as normally encountered and as made condition. At the outbreak of the Civil War, the forces of the North and South were both comprised primarily of the state militias. This fine example could have served either side.