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U597.  AMES M1850 FOOT OFFICER SWORD: This is an Ames M1850 Foot Officer sword complete with its original leather scabbard.  The sword is an early version dating to around 1860 because of the large block US letters and the top throat piece on the scabbard marked with the Ames scroll design, which was use in 1860 as well. This is not a mint condition sword, but it is 100% original with generous amounts of gold was on all brass parts. The hilt is tight and the sharkskin grip and wire are 100% original, but the seam is slightly open due to normal shrinkage. The guard has 85% plus original gold was, and the pommel cap has about 50%. The white-buff leather washier keeps the 30 inch blade tight. The blade retains all original etching with much frosting and is Ames marked. Near the tip there are few dark spots, but no pitting. The original scabbard is compete with normal crazing, but no breaks, and it has all original mounts with original retention screws and much gold. This is a lot of sword and an Ames at a great price. $1400.00

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F98. RIFLED  M-1816 – RARE;  POSSIBLE GREENWOOD OF OHIO: This is a very nice example of a relatively scarce rifled US M-1816 Musket believed to have been altered by Miles Greenwood of Cincinnati, OH for the state of Ohio, during the first year of the American Civil War. Greenwood received state owned M-1816 muskets in both original flint and those that had already been altered to percussion by the national armories. He altered those that needed to be altered to percussion, and further modified the guns by rifling them. Greenwood was also contracted to install long-range rear sights to 1/20th of the guns (5%) that he rifled, leaving the balance (95%) with the original sites and being rifled.  The US arsenals had previously experimented with the rifling of percussion altered M-1816/22/28 muskets during 1856 and 1857 and found that doing so weakened the barrel sufficiently as to make it unsafe. The issue was a combination of the barrel being thinned out by the rifling process and the additional breech pressure created by the use of expanding base ammunition. The end result was that a substantial number of the rifled M-1816 muskets burst in the field, and the project was abandoned. Greenwood apparently had more success with the alteration of the muskets, and a Cincinnati newspaper article noted that Greenwood’s altered .69 caliber muskets had better penetrating power than the standard .58 rifle muskets, with his altered guns being able to penetrate steel plates a greater distance than the .58 guns. The guns that he altered became known locally as “Greenwood Rifles”, and a number of early war Ohio regiments went off to war carrying muskets that Greenwood had improved.  Greenwood delivered his first 1000 altered arms to the state of Ohio on July 24, 1861. The gun offered here is a classic example of an altered rifled US M-1816musket believed done by Greenwood . 

The gun is in great condition overall! The metal mostly has a smooth even light brown patina. The stock is original and retains 98% of the original finish with some bumps and dings, and a small chip near the barrel tang.  The lock-plate retains the original 1836 date, but the US and maker names were buffed down during the conversion, but is still readable: The orginal maker was Marine T. Wickham. On the left side of the stock you can see the faint remains of the painted number 27. On the underside of the barrel it is marked "LXXIX" and where the barrel and bolster are welded it is marked "48 X   X 48". The barrel has 3-grove rifling, which is very rare; and a correct Greenwood front sight is in place as well. It is a larger built up version of the original brass front sight blade that was used when the musket was a flintlock.  I believe the ram-rod is a replacement and not period, but it has a nice matching patina.   It is a nice musket with pretty good eye-appeal and  also included is an original bayonet, which perfictly fit the barrel.

Overall this is a really nice, completely original and untouched example of a very scarce rifled US M-1816 possible altered by Miles Greenwood. The gun is in nice, complete condition, with lots of eye appeal and will be a great addition to any collection of Civil War era long arms, especially for a collector with an interest in Western Theater units, Ohio units or a connoisseur of altered flintlock muskets. With so few altered M-1816 muskets being rifled, this is hard gun to find for sale and one that you will not likely find available again for some time. $1475.00

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U601.  M1850 MOUNTED INFANTRY OFFICER SWORD: When a M1850 Foot Officers sword is in a metal scabbard, it is a considered a Mounted Infantry Officer version and that is what this it. The metal scabbard is one of the best I have seen with 100% original gold wash on all brass, and a perfict brown finish on the steel. The hilt retains much original gold wash, and the shark-skin grip and original wire is 100% intact. The blade retains some frosting at the base, but has a soft gray patina. The etching is strong with a vertical etched eagle. There is no rust or pitting, but there are a few nicks indicating the sword was carried. However, there are no maker or dealer marks.  Overall, it is an outstanding example of a Mounted Infantry Officers sword.  $1400.00

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CSCB01.  CONFEDERATE CAVALRY SABER: Wow! This Confederate Cavalry Scabbard walked into the Baltimore show this March and is fresh to the market. It was discovered in upstate New York and most likely was a battlefield recovered war trophy. It is 38 inches with a steel body and a brass throat, mounts and drag. The throat piece is very large and tight, as are the ring mounts and drag. The steel has a nice deep brown patina and is still very solid even with the pitted surface. At the base near the drag are two holes, but the area is still strong. The scabbard was design for a saber with a very pronounced curve. Looks great! $1400.00

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SCB01.  SAUERBIER SCABBARD - - PRESENTATION-GRADE TYPE 1 OFFICER'S SABER: Often you will find an amazing saber, but it is missing the original scabbard.  How that happens is unknown, but you buy it in the hope of finding the scabbard one day.  Well, today is that day.  This is a Sauerbier scabbard for a Presentation-Grade Type 1 Officer's saber. It is steel with brass mounts engraved all over; retains all original screws, and will accommodate a 35 inch blade. Not much more to say.  The correct scabbard will double the swords value. $1500.00

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U600. AMES M1840 CAVALRY SABER – 1858: This is one of the more desirable Civil War sabers, an Ames M1840 Cavalry saber dated 1858. This was the last year for the production of this style saber as the Army transitioned to the light weight M1860 version. Only 500 of the 1858 saber were produced and delivered, and as a result they are hard to find in any condition. This one is not mint and shows use, but is still exceptional. The brass hilt is tight and has nice patina, its pommel cap is marked WAT & JH, and the leather grip and double-strand wire are 100% original and complete. The original white buff leather blade washer is present and has aged to a nice light brown patina, and it keeps the blade tight. The blade is bright with a few areas of gray spotting, but no rust.  It shows period sharpening, and the length, 32 inches, appears to have been arsenal shortened from the original length of just under 36 inches. You can see the vice clam markings of the arsenals work, which  was very well done.  The blade is Ames marked and 1858 inspected.  The scabbard is in perfict condition and original to the saber with a matching JH mark on the drag. $1100.00

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UC001.  MODEL 1840 CLAUBERG PRESENTATION GRADESABER – DAMASCUS BLADE: This is a Clauberg high-grade three-branch cavalry officer saber with a German silver scabbard. The grip on this saber is one of the two rare and uncommon variants with a fluted grip and un-shucked corn in its design. Originally silver plated, this one is down to the original brass. The hilt is tight with no movements, and the original blade washer keeps it firm. The 35 inch Damascus blade is Clauberg marked, and has two etched center panels. On the left side is etched a large U. S. with the phrase We Never Surrender around the U.S., and on the right side is the spread eagle. Both etched panels retain 100% original gold wash. The scabbard body is very unique and rare in that it is silver plated brass.  I put a magnet to it and it will not hold, which indicated the base metal under the plating is not steel, but brass. All the fittings are original and retail original screws, and the top and two middle mounts retain much original gold wash.  The ornate original drag has been cleaned at one time, but is taking on a nice patina.  As a note, the scabbard is silver plated and reflects the camera light causing some glare; but be assured it is one of the best examples I have seen. $13,000.00 SALE PRICE $9500.00

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UC002.  MODEL 1840 CLAUBERG PRESENTATION GRADE SABER: This saber was once in John H. Thillmann’s and Kevin Hoffmann’s collection and the following is the description John provided to Kevin. This saber is a very fine example of a higher grade Clauberg Civil War cavalry saber made with presentation in mind. It has a wonderful hilt, silver grip, gold washed blade and fancy scabbard with fancy mounts. John described the scabbard as being steel, but a magnet will not stick to it, so it is most likely brass. The 35 inch blade is held tight with a red wool scallop cut washer.

Obverse: gold was beginning at ricasso for 13 inches, panoply of arms, 3 inches in length (crossed cannons) drums and a cap backorders with crossed pikes and waving flag, then to an intricate floral and leafy vine design, which frames the motto UNION FOR  EVER followed by an horizontal script US with fine leaf foliate continuing to the end of the panel.

Reverse: this side has a typical Clauberg stamp in an oval surrounding the standing knight. The blade etching is gold washed and has the typical elaborately etched Eagle with sun burst above and the E. Pluribus Unum in a ribbon, then intricate floral and leafy vine etching to the end.

Scabbard is German silver plated brass, it has a couple tiny dents near the bottom, has all original mounts. The grip is Spiral silver with brass gilt wire, and the hilt is the typical 3-branch fancy relief cast guard with high-quality chase work. $13,000.00 SALE PRICE $9750.00

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UC004. SAUERBIER TYPE 3 CAVARLY OFFICER SABER, 2ND VARIATION: This is a Sauerbier Type 3 Cavalry Officers saber, 2nd Variation.  It is an ornate saber with a German silver spiral grip with triple-stand brass wire. It has a deeply cast pommel cap with two mother or pearl inlays, a Union shield on top and a large cameo of George Washington on the back side. Both inlays are in perfect condition with no blemishes. The triple branch guard retains much of the original gold wash. The bright blade is held tight by the original scalloped leather washer. The etching is simple outstanding with much original frosting, no rust.  The scabbard design is truly magnificent and among the best of Sauerbier’s work. Steel body of the scabbard has a great brown patina and all the fancy mounts retain much original gold wash and all original screws.  The back side of the ring mounts has two heart designs whereas the back of the drag has an open shield design. This is a great saber and will only increase in value. $13,000.00 SALE PRICE $9750.00

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