I picked up an interesting Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) sword variation last week that I thought I would show. It is a standard GAR sword worn by Union Civil War Veterans except it is finished in nickel instead of having brass or gilt fittings.. I have seen nickeled examples of the GAR sword belt plates but this is the first nickeled GAR sword that I have seen.
The US M1860 S&F style sword has a brown leather grip instead of the usual black leather or sharkskin and all sword and scabbard fittings were nickel plated prior to assembly. The plain diamond shape blade has the pre-1883 Kirschbaum knights head logo in use prior to their merger with Weyersberg & cie.
An interesting early variation of the sword that I have not seen before.