American, mid century. About 3/4 scale, made for a boy of about 10 which represented the dawn of serious military training. Quality indicative of a noble owner. Brass hilt of general form used through Europe and America as the 1850 Infantry officers sword. This example with pommel formed as a fully modeled helmet surmounted by a perched eagle. The guard with fine figure of a young man in fine garb with sword drawn for the attack. Wire wrapped leather covered grip excellent. The guard with considerable original gilt. 23 1/4" curved broad fullered blade accurately scaled down from the 1840 cavalry trooper's sword type and showing smooth gray patina. Rare fully developed fighting form.