U.S. GENERAL AND STAFF OFFICER'S SWORD; MODEL 1832 / SPANISH COPY
A Spanish copy or variant of the US Model 1832 General and Staff Officers' Sword. Sword has a long, straight, single-edged blade with a wide, flat back edge and a wide fuller extending almost the width and length of the blade. Blade has incised decoration on the lower quarter of military and floral motifs. Stamped with "I^(F) J.S. and in cursive S.G" on the right ricasso. Cast brass hilt with a teardrop or heart-shaped guard with S-scrolls and shell design. Guard is curved slightly toward the blade. A red cloth washed is at the base of the blade where it meets the guard. Double quillons which form into a knucklebow helmet-shaped pommel. Grip is completely wrapped with twisted copper wire. Grip swells at center and is almost square in cross section.
War Relic Catalog 1898: Sword donated by Private Harley D. West, Co. K First Colorado Infantry. Served on island of Luzon, Philippine Island. Found during the Spanish-American War.
The First Volunteer Infantry of Colorado, alongside two troops of cavalry and one battery of artillery were called upon for the Spanish-American War. In total there were about sixteen hundred men. On May 1st 1898 the First Regiment of Colorado Infantry was mustered into the service of the United States. There were twelve companies in the First Regiment, each company represented a group of towns or a city. Companies A and C were enlisted mostly from Pueblo; Companies B, E, I and K from Denver; Companies F and L from Leadville; Company G from Cripple Creek; Company H from Boulder; and Company M from Colorado Springs. Company K was led by William A. Cornell, captain; William J. Vannice, first lieutenant; Ralph B. Lister, second lieutenant. The twelve companies consisted of 1,086 men.
I^(F) J.S (what appears to be cursive for capital S.G.). Stamped on the right riccaso directly underneath the hilt.