This exact sword is depicted in detail on pages 335 and 336 of Civil War Army Swords. Model 1850 Staff and Field swords in the presentation grade by Horstmann were designed using a creative mixture of materials in a stylistic and rich format. Embellishments were always handsome and well executed. Among the most handsome were the swords with a smooth silver grip that is engraved and with that engraving style continued on to the scabbard mounts tying the whole together. This sword presented to Lieutenant David Barry is one of those swords. Note the overall handsome appearance of the hilt with its beautifully engraved silver grip and intricately cast guard and pommel, even to the lightening bolt on the rear of the knuckle bow which is a feature of the model 1860 Staff Sword. The guard face without a US or branches follows in the tradition of presentation swords where the artist’s interpretation of what is handsome and not what is regulation governs. The Clauberg blade is beautifully etched as only Clauberg could execute, with a rich gold wash background. The high grade scabbard is finished in a cordovan toned browned steel. It has wonderful bright gilt and engraved mounts that are further embellished with helmeted Classical Greek warriors in rose gold and finished off with an intricately cast boot style drag.