Late 19th century. Gilt hilt with bow tie form guard and plumed helmet form pommel retaining considerable original gold. Silvered white metal (probably zinc) grip. 23 1/2" blade. Completely unmarked suggesting a clandestine organization. While many secret societies promoted the welfare of their members and society in general, the binding element for some was a common hatred for another group. As well, the post-Civil War years saw a growing militancy among labor groups. Numerous violent encounters including armed conflicts and lynchings resulted in both cases. This sword evidently served one such group.

Item ID: FNS3995

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