Foot officer's swords became obsolete in the regulations of 1872, and the pipe back blade was already scarce by the Civil War in the US, so what was this blade used for? It seems likely that it was mounted prior to 1872, and the length would only have been appropriate for a foot officer's sword, unless it was on some kind of variant. In any case, it is interesting and attractive, although clearly having seen some use. T is a strong mark on the tang, that I suspect is by the blade maker. I cannot make them out, but have included a photo of them.
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