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    ACRYLIC SWORD & SCABBARD STAND: This pair of acrylic sword & scabbard stands was designed to hold one sword and its scabbard. Each is 5 inches tall and designed with square edge groves to prevent the sword or scabbard from flipping over as often happens with similar stands with a rounded cut. They will accommodate swords of all sized from small bowie knives to cavalry sabers.  This design presents a very clean and crisp display that is attractive. $27.00

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    U790. HIGH-GRADE PRESENTATION SWORD: This is a Staff & Field saber presented to Colonel William H. Allen. It has a very high-grade and ornate hilt with gem stones (rubies) in the pommel cap and the quillon, and a German-Silver grip with a Damascus blade. Much of the original gold wash is present on the hilt and within the Damascus blade etching. The blade shows some sharpening, which is a good indication this sword may have been carried and saw action in the first battle of the Civil War.

    The top mount presentation reads as follows

     

    From the Soldiers of the
    FIRST REGIMENT OF NEW YORK VOLS.
    TO
    Colonel Wm H. Allen
    AS A TRIBUTE
    of their affection & esteem,
    In Camp before Richmond, Va
    JUNE 1862

    Colonel William H Allen had a short, but colorful career as a military officer, which began with the 1st New York Infantry Regiment. He organized this unit and took it into the first battle of the Civil War and saw combat at Big Bethel, Virginia. However, General Butler reported that Colonel Allen, with a small detachment of his men, had, without orders, burned a wheat field of some twenty-five acres belonging to a widow, which he had safeguarded, his only excuse being that they were getting the wheat. "For this wanton destruction and waste, he had the privates punished and the colonel arrested

    and held for trial, as such destruction and waste of the property of our enemies even, will disgrace us." Colonel Allen was shortly thereafter court martialed on six charges and cashiered. Still this did not stop him from serving the Union and he returned to New York and mustered into Field & Staff with the New York 7th Infantry National Guard for a period of 4-months as the units Pay Master and on the rolls with the 2nd Company. In September, 1862 Colonel Allen accepted a commission into Field & Staff NY 145th Infantry; however, he did not muster-in the required number of soldiers to warrant or obtain the commission. In fact, he never received the authority to raise troops. He remained with the unit as it moved south, but charges of drunkenness caused his muster-in to be canceled. Since Colonel Allen did not received a commission and was never completely mustered-in, the charges made in November 1862 for a court martial went nowhere. Yet he still was not done serving the military. It is not known what command or unit he was with in 1863, but he did have some involvement in quelling the Draft Riot in New York City. Records document an order requesting the Seventh Regiment to meet that evening, at their drill-rooms, at eight o'clock, to consult on the measures necessary to be taken in the present unexpected crisis, and another to the late two-years' volunteers then in the city, to report at the same hour in Grand Street, to Colonel William H. Allen, for temporary duty.

    Here is a very unique high-grade presentation sword with gem stones and history just as valuable. The large Burmese ruby alone has a value that exceed $7000.00.  $12,500.00

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    C317. BRITISH PATTERN 1853 ENFIELD DRAGOON SABER / SWORD: This is a very nice example of the British Pattern 1853 Enlisted Dragoon Saber, often referred to as an Enfield Cavalry Saber. This saber was the standard one used by British Enlisted cavalrymen and dragoons. Thousands were imported into the Confederacy during the American Civil War. The Confederate Government purchased some; Confederate States purchased some; and some were purchased by arms dealers and blockade runners. The most desirable of the Pattern 1853 Sabers are the ones with the mark by the English supplier to the Confederacy, S Isaac & Campbell. These sabers are simply stamped ISAAC & CO on the spine of the blade. The only marking that is more desirable is the Georgia G mark on the ricasso of the sword, as well as on the scabbard. The British utilized this pattern of saber until well after the Civil War era, and post-Civil War P-1853 sabers are often encountered on the market. While the pattern of the saber is unchanged, the post-war scabbards have shorter, rounder mounts for the hanger suspension rings, while the war time scabbards have taller, more pointed mounts for the rings. The sabers used by the British Military and their various colonial forces are typically well marked with acceptance marks and often unit marked as well. The sabers produced for export to the Confederacy were mostly unmarked (with the exceptions noted above), and never bear British military marks. Some of the sabers do bear a maker mark on the spine of the blade, like Robert Mole of Birmingham, but marked sabers are the exception, not the rule for Civil War imports. According the records maintained by Captain John M Payne of the CS Ordnance Bureau, between July 17, 1863 and January 12, 1865, 34 cases of cavalry swords/sabers were imported into the port of Wilmington, NC. This is just a small snapshot of import sabers that entered the Confederacy through a single port during 18 months of fighting, at a time when fewer and fewer blockade runners were making it to Confederate ports without being captured.

    The British Pattern 1853 Enlisted Dragoon Saber offered here is in about Great overall condition. The saber is full length and retains its original scabbard. The blade is bright with no rust but has sword nicks on both the blade edge and top spine. These marks are an indication the saber saw some action.

    The saber is entirely unmarked and is a classic example of the most often encountered variant of these Confederate used sabers. The throat washer at the blade/guard juncture is compete and mint; the iron guard and mounts show a thick brown patina over all of their surfaces; and the pressed leather grip panels are in Great condition. These leather grips are typically encountered in much rougher condition. The scabbard is in Good++ condition overall and is complete. It is the correct, Civil War era pattern, with the tall, pointed suspension ring mounts. The original throat is in place as well. The sheet iron scabbard shows an even, smooth brown patina over the entire scabbard. Overall this is one of the best examples of a Pattern 1853 Enlisted Dragoon Saber. $950.00

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    U796. PRE-CIVIL WAR UNITED STATES MARINE  CORPS SWORD: This is a pre-1859 Non-Commission Officers sword / Musicians sword circa 1848.  It is extremely rare! It has the brass backstrap ending with the eagle pommel, and a black leather grip. The blade has strong etching, but no bluing or gold.  The underside of the guard is Horstmann maker marked. No scabbard.  $1500.00

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    U719. NEW HAMSHIRE GROUPING BELONGING TO LIEUTENANT COLONEL HAWKES FEARING., JR:  This unique Civil War grouping is identified to Lieutenant Colonel Hawkes Fearing., Jr. 8th New Hampshire. It includes a high-quality presentation grade Clauberg saber, and a wooded shield plaque with items belonging to Colonel Fearing., Jr. The Clauberg saber is in near-mint condition retaining much original gold wash, a German Silver grip with all original wire, and a bright frosty blade. The scabbard retains all original mounts and has a deep dark brown patina. From top to bottom, the plaque has a GAR 1891 dated New Hampshire medal; a set of field spurs compete with original leather straps; an 8th New Hampshire officers cap badge with a cavalry button; left & right Civil War colonel shoulder boards; a gold colored cross and chain; an officers belt buckle and a piece of and officers sword hanger. On the back side of the plaque there are several period newspaper articles on Colonel Fearing. On the reverse side of each shoulder board there is a period piece of paper with Fearing’s name. This grouping was in a collection in the Boston area and is believed to have belonged to the descendants of Colonel Fearing.

    Lieutenant Colonel Hawkes Fearing., Jr. Civil War Union Army Officer. He was commissioned as Lieutenant Colonel of the three-month enlistment 4th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry on April 22, 1861 and served until its muster out on July 22, 1861. He was then given command of the newly-raised 8th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry, being commissioned its Colonel and commander on September 25, 1861. The regiment participated in operations in Louisiana as part of the XIX Army Corps, with Colonel Fearing directing it in a number of engagements (he received a leg wound at Fort Bisland, Louisiana on April 13, 1863 He then commanded the XIX Corps's 2nd Brigade of the 3rd Division from May to August, 1863. In December 1863 the 8th New Hampshire were assigned horses and were re-designated as the 2nd New Hampshire Volunteer Cavalry. Colonel Fearing continued to lead the regiment in its new duties until January 17, 1865, when his enlistment expired, and he was honorably mustered out. After the end of the conflict he served in the Massachusetts State Legislature, and passed away in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1908 at the age of 81.

    This is a great grouping identified to the commanding officers of a New Hampshire Civil War Infantry/Cavalry unit complete with a binder full of historical information. $7750.00

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    U794. PRESENTATION FOOT OFFICERS SWORD: This presentation sword was given to Sergeant Charles B. Bowers by the Summit House Hospital Guards prior to a promotion to 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Veteran Reserve Corps. Bowers was a Sergeant in the 35th New York Infantry Regiment before his hospitalization. At the Summit House Hospital, he accepted a promotion to the Invalid Corps and received this sword as gift on March 16, 1863. Bowers would go on to serve in the 8th Reserve Corps and as a Quarter Master in the11th Reserve Corps. The sword is a high-grade Foot Officers sword with a non-regulation hilt. It was retailed by G. W. Simmons & Bros. Philadelphia, PA and has a Collins & Co. marked blade dated 1862; a tight with a German Silver grip, which shows a little wear; a highly chased pommel cap and a bright blade which has strong etching and light frosting. The scabbard is in mint condition with no damage to the leather and all original mounts. The top mount presentation reads as follows

    Presented To

    SERGt C. B. BOWERS

    by

    Summit House Hospital Guards

    March16, 1863

    Here is a high-grade sword presented to a combat soldiers from New Yorks 35th Infantry regiment who continued to serve in the Invalid Corps as and officers in both the 8th and 11th Reserve Corps. Binder with completed records included.  $3400.00

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    C317.  BOYLE & GAMBLE or KENANSVILLE ENLISTED CAVALRY SWORD: This cavalry saber is a classic Confederate Cavalry sword.  There has long been a conversation as to the maker of this sword.  Some say Kenansville because it is usually found in the same scabbard as the Kenansville cavalry sword, others Boyle and Gamble because of the similarity to known Boyle and Gamble sabers. I have seen both sabers versions and feel that someone was making scabbards and selling them to both Boyle and Gamble and Kenansville.  Another possibility is that this saber is a third Kenansville pattern, but seems unlikely because Kenansville already had two models similar to each other, both of which usually utilize Roman numeral bench numbers.  Bench numbers are never found on the saber shown here.  I lean towards it being a Boyle & Gamble enlisted man’s cavalry sword but acknowledge other viewpoints.

    The guard is tight and retains 100% percent of its original leather grip wrap and its single strand copper wire. You can see casting flaws in the pommel cap, the guard branches, as well as the guard where there is a casting hole.  The blade has a single, unstopped fuller and has light period sharpening with no rust and nicks. The throat washer is original. The scabbard is crudely lapped and has a brass throat and ring mounts.  The rings and drag are iron.  The sword and scabbard’s condition are phenomenal.  $5600.00

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    C316. CONFEDERATE - PATTERN 1853 BRASS GUARD MOLE SABER: This rare saber with its matching metal scabbard is an original English Pattern 1853 cavalry saber manufactured by the Birmingham, England firm of Robert Mole and is so marked. The saber is in very good++ condition with a 35 1/4-inch blade and total length of 40 1/2-inches. The blade is almost straight and void of any etching and in excellent condition with 90% of its original polished brightness and period sharpening and a single un-stopped fuller. The blade is maker marked “MOLE”, which is faint, but there. The large, flat, brass-mounted hilt features a wide, flat knuckle-bow with two branches for the counterguard and a quillon ending in a flat disc. The hilt has a rich bronze colored patina and the grip is compete with some expected wear and all rivets. The hilt is tight and retains its original blade. The original, large, heavy iron scabbard is in excellent condition.  The scabbard has two ring mounts that are tight and each secures a 1¼” diameter iron sword ring. Throat collar retains both small setscrews.  The drag is strong and shows no wear but there are two door dents above the drag. This Birmingham-made, Robert Mole-marked saber and scabbard represent a fine specimen that a Confederate cavalryman likely used in service during the American Civil War. $3500.00

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    U793. NON-REGULATION FOOT OFFICERS SWORD: This is a Non-Regulation Foot Officers sword with a fancy guard. This is one of my favorite swords from the Civil War.  It would have been carried by Lieutenants and Captains from all the Union states. It is the less common design with the fancy guard void of the standard eagle. The hilt is tight with 100% original shark-skin grip and only a little of the original wire. The blade retains much original frosting and is nicely etched with the W. Clauberg Soligen marker mark.  The scabbard is bent free and has nice patina.  Overall, a great looking sword! $1400.00  

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    U627. T- MARKED, M1850 FOOT OFFICERS SWORD by P. (PHILLIP) H. TUSKA: T-marked blades once thought to be a Tomes product were in fact made by P. (Phillip) H. Tuska. Tuska was a military outfitter in New York City for 2-years: 1861-1863. This makes this an early and rare Civil War sword. All Tuska M1850 Foot Officer swords have identical features to include a black leather grip with triple-wire; “T” marked blade; a large eagle with a turned down beak and unwarded turned wings; and US vertical to the blade. The scabbard leather body is like that made by Ames or Roby. The hilt is tight with 100% original leather and wire; the white leather washer keeps the 31-inch blade tight, and the blade retains light original frosting and deep etching. The scabbard fits tight, has all original mounts with some minor leather lose and crazing. Rare but affordable. $1200.00

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    U726. M1850 STAFF & FIELD / MOUNTED OFFICERS SWORD: This sword is considered a Staff & Field sword because of the size of the guard, but also thought to be a Mounted Officers sword because of the metal scabbard. The hilt and pommel cap are tight with a pleasing patina, and the grip retains 100% original sharkskin grip and triple-strand wire. The bright blade has the original blade washer, is maker marked Clauberg and retailer marked Schuyler Hartley & Graham New York. The etching is frosty with a center panel with US and one with the spread eagle. The steel scabbard has a pleasing brown patina and dent free with evidence of wear on the drag. $1400.00

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    C315. SECOND MODEL VIRGINIA MANUFACTORY SABER ALTERED FOR CONFEDERATE CAVALRY USE: Virginia Manufactory sabers were originally produced from 1804 thru 1821.  The State of Virginia issued these to their State cavalry.  There were three models of this pattern saber: the first having a very large 40.5-inch blade, the second model had very similar blade but a peened “birds head” pommel and the third model was produced in 1808 and was made until 1821. The State of Virginia contracted with Ames of Chicopee, Massachusetts in 1860 for cavalry saber to be altered. The Ames company was to slim the blade and re-sheath them with an iron scabbard with brass mounts.

    This is a Virginia Manufactory second model saber converted by Ames. It is a beautiful piece with its curved blade and an Ames made scabbard. The grip is down to the wood with the smallest amount of original black leather, but 100% original single-strand copper wire. The handle is tight with a little wobble in the guard, and the pommel is undisturbed. The blade has an even brown patina and there are a few sword nicks on the blade. The Ames produced scabbard is minty with no damage at all.  There is no dings, bumps, or rust, and the brass scabbard mounts have a gorgeous patina. This is a 100% original untouched Civil War altered Virginia Manufactory Saber. $3995.00

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    C314. CONFEDERATE DOG-RIVER M1840 NON-COMMISSION OFFICER (NCO) SWORD: This newly discovered sword surfaced in an estate sale in Michigan and is being featured for the first time. The sword is 37 inches long with a 30 1/2-inch blade. The brass hilt is comprised of four parts: the guard, the grip, the pommel cap and a top spinner nut, which screws to the tang to hold it all together. The casting on these parts is very crude and there are many flaws and filling marks on all parts. The blade is equally as crude! It is very wavy and uneven with filling marks the entire length of the blade and has a 27-inch unstopped fuller. When you run your fingers along the length of the blade your hand will go up and down due to its unevenness. The scabbard is exceptionally well made but has its flaws. The top mount has a glob of brass were the seam was brazed and you can see filing marks as will. The frog pin is crude and not as well definded as a Union sword and crudely brazed. The drag is equally as crude. The leather body was well made with cotton stitching, and under high magnification you can see tiny dimples running the entire length of the leather body.

    While at the Gettysburg show several well respected dealers of Confederate relics inspected this sword and agree it is Confederate made. Most likely an early production by Boyle & Gamble and limited in quantity due to the production cost. $6000.00

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    U757. SAUERBIER – NON-REGULATIONSTAFF & FIELD OFFICERS SWORD,  ID’ED 15th CONNECTICUT INFANTRY:  This is a Sauerbier Non-Regulation Staff & Field sword attributed to 1ST Lieutenant Marshall C. Augur, 15th Connecticut Infantry. His initials “MCA” are etched into the pommel cap disk. He is the only match for a Union Staff & Field officer in the data-base. He was commission into “A” 15th Connecticut Infantry on 8/25/1862, promoted to Quartermaster 9/1/1863 and died of yellow fever 10/11/1864.  I have not yet pulled his military records from the National Archived. The sword is Sauerbier made with a Non-Regulation brass hilt and German Silver grip with double-strand brass wire. The pommel cap disk with the Initials “MCA” looks to be nickel and have a nice even patina. The pommel cap, like the guard, has outstanding chase work, is missing the top inlay. This was either the same material as the disk or mother-of-pearl.  The blade has a deep gray patina as a result of no scabbard. It is Sauerbier maker marked and etched with US and an E. Pluribus Unum banner. More research may yield additional history, and the addition of a pommel-cap inlay will greatly increase the value of this unique sword. $1300.00

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    U789. M1821 - STAFF NON-COMMISSION OFFICER SWORD: This is a unique and rare sword to find. It is a Model-1821 pattern Staff Non-Commission Officer sword. These were often carried by Pre-Civil War Militia NCO’s and saw service during the earlier years of the war when militia units from various states were mobilized. It would not be unusually for a pre-war Southern militia soldier to carry this sword. In fact, it was discovered in Florida. The overall length is 29-inches with a 23 1/2-inch blade. The hilt is tight with all original black leather and double-strand wire. The blade has a pronounced curve, retains much original bluing and gold etching and is marked J. H. Lambert and Philadelphia. The original scabbard is in amazing condition and complete with all mounts and no breaks for damage.  J (Joseph) H. Lambert was a Philadelphia retailer 1839-1853 and retailed sword again between 1863-1882. He also worked for Horstmann & Co. $995.00

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    U791. HORSTMANN - CIVIL WAR MARINE CORPS SNCO SWORD: This sword came out to the Kevin Hoffmann collection. Kevin was a good friend and had an amazing wealth of knowledge about swords. He will be missed!

    This is a rare Civil War period United States Marine Corps SNCO sword. The original Marine Corp contract called for the sword to be void of etching, but there are a few know examples that were etched. The etching should be very plain and void of any US or USMC. If it has these lettered it is a post-war sword. The grip is 100% complete with all original wire. The blade is bright and free of any problems. The scabbard is complete with all mounts and has a frog, which I believed of from the post war period.  Overall, a rare and hard to find sword. $2500.00

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    U792.  PRESENTATION GRADE -  EAGLE QUILLON, SILVER HILT STAFF & FIELD SWORD: This is a presentation grade – eagle quillon silver hilt staff & field sword with its original medallion mount German silver scabbard.  The scabbard is extremely rare and not often seen. The lattice-work medallion mounts are very delicate and you can see the top one is incomplete. The hilt is tight and very ornate. You can see the brass coming through the German silver grip, which indicate the sword was carried. All original wire is complete; the blade is a little dark, but the etching is strong, and it is marked EISENHAUER, and the pommel cap is very ornate. The scabbard in dent free. $3300.00

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