This is one of the best early U.S. Eagle Head swords I have had in the past 20 years. It has bright blue and gold inlay around the engraved blade.
The blade has a U.S. flag shield on one side with 17 stars on the shield. This means this sword was issued betwen 1803 and 1812. no doubt carried in the War of 1812 as the 18th star would not have been aded until around 1818. Sword makers of the era would place the number of stars on the engraved flag shield as the U.S. had states at the time of manufacture and issue.
The blade on both sides has gold inlaid engraving in a beautiful panel of bright blue and shows signs of bright and spots of dark metal overall. It has no sword makers name on the ricasso, which is common. The ribbed handle is bone and the eagle head and brass guard show traces of a silver wash. The scabbard is missing. It was leather and no doubt dried and broke or rotted as this is an estimated 217 year old sword. It amazes me to no end that the metal kept this well!! This is a rare U.S. War of 1812 era Sword in a very rare condition.