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U652. M1850 STAFF & FIELD SWORD, HORSTMANN: This M1850 Staff & Field sword was retailed by Horstmann.  It is in great condition with 95% original gold wash on the brass, a frosty blade, and a dent free scabbard. The slight wear on the sword indicates it was carried, but not abused and well maintained. Truly, a great looking sword!



U631. SAUERBIER M1850 STAFF & FIELD SWORD - PRESENTED TO ASST. SURGEON, NEW YORK 11TH REGIMENT NATIONAL GUARD INFANTRY: This is a high quality Sauerbier Staff & Field sword presented Asst. Surgeon Joseph Ward. The sword retains 95% original gold wash on all the brass and 100% original grip and wire, as well as a frosty blade. The presentation is on the reverse side of the top mounts and reads as follows.

Presented by

Wm Rankin Esq

To hisGrandson

Joseph B. Ward , MD

Newark, N.J.

June 25th 1862

The New York Eleventh Regiment, Washington Rifles was a National Guard unit and prior to April 27, 1835, there are no positive records of this regiment on file.  At that time the organization was known as the 2d Regiment, Washington Guards, New York State Light Infantry; about 1856 this designation was changed to 11th Regiment, "Washington Rifles."  It was disbanded January 14, 1899.

Its Service in the War of the Rebellion was short. It left New York City, its home station, May 28, 1862, commanded by Col. Joachim Maidhof, and was mustered into the service of the United States for three months, at Harper's Ferry, W. Va.  It served in the 2d Brigade, Sigel's Division, Department of Shenandoah, from June 8, 1862, and at Harper's Ferry, and was mustered out at New York City, to date September 16, 1862. In June 18, 1863, its ten companies, left the State under orders for thirty days' service, commanded by Colonel Maidhof, and preceded to Harrisburg, Pa.; it served in the 4th Brigade, 1st Division, Department Susquehanna, and was mustered out of the United States service, July 20, 1863, in New York City.

11th Regiment National Guard Infantry

Left State for Harper's Ferry, W. Va., May 28, 1862.Attached to 2nd Brigade, Sigel's Division, Dept. of the Shenandoah, and duty at Harper's Ferry until September. Mustered out September 16, 1862.

Again left State for Harrisburg, Pa., June 18, 1863.Attached to 4th Brigade, 1st Division, Dept. of the Susquehanna. Skirmish at Oyster Point, Pa., June 28. Mustered out July 20, 1863.

Joseph Ward was the units Assistant Surgeon during its initial 3-month service. He enlisted on 5/28/1862 at New York City, NY as an Asst. Surgeon and on 5/28/1862 was commissioned into Field & Staff, NY 11th Infantry. He was Mustered Out on 9/16/1862 at New York, NY.

Thought his military service was short, it is not often you find a presentation sword for a medical doctor during the Civil War.  With great history this sword would be values over $6500.00; however, it is available for less.



C264.  CONFEDERATE ARTILLERY BOWIE KNIFE, VIRGINIA SOLDIER Id'ED. This huge Confederate Bowie knife has some distinct Georgia traits. The cast brass hilt is the same as found on the Macon, Georgia manufactured McElroy knife and the blade has the distinctive reverse edge of the Georgia Armory Type VII. The knife measures 20.5 inches from pommel to point, and the hilt is as tight as the day it was made. The down turned bull horn cross guard is seemingly ideal for a fighting knife. The blade remains bright in some areas, but pitted in others.

The scabbard is extraordinarily well made as the knife.  The leather body is form fitted to the blade and the throat is lined with tin covered in leather.  The stitching remains tight, fits the knife perfectly, and the leather is in excellent condition.

The name, “H.F. Harris” over “88 1861” is inked on the scabbard outer side. There is only one “H.F. Harris” in service in 1861 that matches: H. F. Harris (Hawkey F. Harris) who started his military career in the 88th Virginia Militia, which accounts for the 88 and 1861 on the scabbard.   His later service in the VA Albemarle Light Artillery is perfect to the knife, as an Artillery sword/knife.  He most likely carried it during the time served with the Virginia 57th Infantry Regiment. Click on this hyper-link to see his military history. In addition, this is a binder included with copies of his muster sheets for service with the 88th Virginia and the VA Albemarle Light Artillery, 1st Virginia Artillery.  It is extremely rare to know the identity and find the history of a Confederate soldier and the weapon he carried.



C263. CONFEDERATE BOWIE SIDE-KNIFE: This is an amazing example of a Confederate Bowie Side-knife complete with its original scabbard. The knife was discovered in Virginia. It overall length is 18 1/2 inches with a 13 3/4 by 2 1/4 inch clip point blade, brass guard and slabbed wood grip. It is a well-made knife. The blade shows great casting flaws and period sharpening with to two nicks in the center area. The scabbard is also well-made with original cotton thread stitching, a brass throat riveted to the leather, and a large belt loop. The rivets are similar to those found on naval cutlasses.  This is a newly discovered knife and fresh to the market.



C266. RARE COLLEGE HILL, NASHVILLE, TN FOOT OFFICER’S SWORD WITH “CS” ENGRAVED SCABBARD: This College Hill, Nashville, TN manufacture foot officer’s sword is the only standard Confederate Army officer’s pattern made with a shark skin grip. There is a handful of this pattern known and when discernible there is a “CSA” etched on the blade. However, the CSA etching is worn off though etching is visible in other areas. This sword is unique because it was however mounted in a reutilized militia scabbard and has been emblazoned with a large “C.S.” between scabbard ring-mounts. This is very similar in style to the scabbard seen on early E.J. Johnston, Macon, GA foot officer’s swords. This is a unique Confederate example that will display beautifully. Its condition overall is very good with a 30 inch blade with a classic “pen-knife” style ricasso and fuller ring noted on College Hill products. The Shark skin grip is complete with original wire, but open at the seam.The etched panel on this blade has been polished out with the exception of 8 to 9inches of floral decoration towards blade’s point. Blade is gray overall with areas of old sharpening, tool marks & pitting. This sword with its scabbard displays quite nicely and fits well. The engraved scabbard has the earlier hunter star designs with the patriotic American eagle and various geometric & floral designs. Between these designs and the middle mounts is the 5/8 inch pointillist style letters “C.S.” Varying degrees of mustard colored patina, darker where unhandled. The appraised value is as high at $12,000.00, but it is available here for less.




U265. CONFEDERATE SHORT ARTILLERY SWORD & PARTIAL SCABBARD: Confederate Short Artillery swords are one of the best buys available in today’s Civil War market.  This particular sword is a great example with a grip with casting flaws, an 18 1/2 inch long blade that has a nice gray patina with no dings, rust or nicks, and a partial scabbard complete with the tin throat piece and a partial frog device.  This is a nice example of a Southern Made Artillery sword.



U670. AMES M1840 HEAVY CAVALRY SABER: This is an outstanding example of the Ames M1840 Heavy Cavalry saber. It retains 100% original grip and wire, as well as the original leather blade washer. The blade is bright with a mirror finish with some spotting, but no pitting or rust. Due to the blade being bright, it was a little difficult photographing, but it is nice. The scabbard is dent free and bright and original. The blade is Ames marked and dated and inspected 1849. Also, the pommel cap is inspected. In 1849 the government contracted was for 2,000 sabers; however, Ames was still filling the 1848 order and a total of 2,490 sabers were delivered in 1849. 1849 dated sabers were too late for the Mexican War, but were in the arsenal at the start of the Civil War and heavily use by both Confederate and Union soldiers. Only a few years ago you were paying over $2000.00 plus for a saber like this, but this is available at 25% less.



F211. COLT 1851 NAVY REVOLVER, 1858: This is a good solid example of a Colt 1851 Navy Revolver that was built in 1858, and marked with the Hartford Address, which only appeared on this model from approx. 1858 up to April 1861.  Many collectors feel the Colt revolvers with the Hartford address have a strong association to the Confederacy. It has the standard 7-1/2" octagonal barrel with six shot cylinder and walnut grips. There appears to be a factory error with the serial number because 87789 appears on all parts to include the grip, except for one part numbered 88789. These numbers are within the same production time frame, and the die-stamped numbers are the same; human error.  Even the fragile hand-inked number on the inside of the grips is still visible and matching; 87789. There is still some trace silver on some brass, and some original blue on the underside of the loading lever. Overall the gun is brown. The cylinder scene is visible as well as the COLT PATENT No. 88789. The nipples are to perfict and I believe they have beenreplaces. The rifling is strong and the action is tight.



U671. AMES M1840 MUSICIANS SWORD, 1861 DATED: These swords are getting harder to find in any condition under the $500 price range. However, once in a while, I find one and can offer it at a great price.  This Ames marked Musician sword is an early Civil War piece and shows evidence of being carried. It has a dated & inspected blade and maker marked: “U.S.”“L.D”“1861” & Ames in the early scroll pattern. The blade has a gray patina, a sharp point with some small nicks and sharpening marks, but no blade washer. The scabbard is the early pressure mount design and is complete with no breaks, but is a little soft four inches above the drag. Here is an early Civil War Musician sword with a great date, 1861. Shipping is included in this price!  



F212. COLT 1861 NAVY REVOLVER-1863: This Colt 1861 Navy revolver is serial number 13821, which places its production in 1863 and in the middle of the Civil War. Overall, it is a light-brown gun with faint traces of case coloring on the sides, with the same serial number 13821 on all parts except the wedge, which is unmarked. The gun is tight and the action properly works. The cylinder scene is strong and all the nipples are original. The grips are original with almost all the factory finish. The barrel has some light pitting on each side where it had contact with a holster. The bore is bright with no pitting and strong rifling. This is a great example of a Civil War Colt 1861 Navy revolver.



U615. SAUERBIER TYPE-3 CAVALRY OFFICER SABER, 1ST VARIATION: This Sauerbier Type-3 Cavalry Officer Saver, 1st Variation is a great example of the quality work Sauerbier produced. The large guard is designed with multiple branches that split into 5 sections. The grip is 100% original black leather with triple-strand wire. The original scallop-cut blade washer holds the 32 1/2 inch blade tight. The blade is free of pitting or rust, but has some dark areas with period sharpening and some very small service nicks. The etching is strong with the Sauerbier maker mark and a large blocked U. S. The scabbard is brown metal to include the flame style throat, large chased ring mounts, and a heavy fancy drag unique to this maker. Sauerbier swords are simple a work of art, and a must for any Civil War edge weapon collector.



U618. SAUERBIER NON-REG. ARTILLERY STAFF OFFICERS SWORD: This Sauerbier pattern has a relatively small, half basket guard with foliate decoration basket and knuckle-bow. The pommel has additional scroll work on the crown rim. The quillon is decorated as is a small reverse counter guard. The curved blade has an unstopped fuller and a secondary fuller starting 15 inches from the guard. The etching is scroll work on the obverse and the Sauerbier address: H. Sauerbier / Newark / NJ, scroll work and a large U.S., on the reverse. The maker mark is fain, but readable, and the remaining etching is strong. Iron Proof is on the spine of the blade. The curved blade is identical to a known mounted officer example with a leather scabbard with brass mounts; however, this example has a steal scabbard with steal mounts, a steel throat piece, and a brass drag making it an artillery officer’s sword. A rare find!



U627. M1850 FOOT OFFICERS SWORD by P. (PHILLIP) H. TUSKA: This M1850 Foot Officer sword has in the past be misidentified as being a Tomes product, but has recently been id'ed as being retailed by P. (Phillip) H. Tuska. Tuska was a military outfitter in New York, NY and only in business 2-years, 1861-1863, making this a true Civil War sword. All his 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 upwarded turned wings; and US vertical to the blade. The scabbard leather body is similar to that made by Ames and Roby. The hilt on this sword is tight with 100% original leather and wire. The white leather washer keeps the 31 inch blade tight. The blade retains light original frosting and is deeply etched.  The scabbard fits tight with all original mounts and screws and is solid, but has some minor leather lose and crazing.



U636.   SAUERBIER M1850 FOOT OFFICERS SWORD:  This M1850 Foot Officers sword is a product of Sauerbier from New Jersey and though it is unmarked, the distinct features associated with Sauerbier; the screw attaching the guard to the pommel cap; the design of the unstopped fuller; and the pommel cap nut are obvious.  The guard is the design with the small US in the center and it is tight with no movement. The pommel cap has additional chase-work; the leather grip has a little wear, but 100% triple strand wire. The leather blade washer holds the blade tight. Also, it is frosty with outstanding etching to include Lady Justice holding a scale above her head and a large US on one side and military motif to include cross cannons, which could indicate the sword was for an artillery officer. The scabbard has the throat and drag unique to Sauerbier, is dent free, and a nice gray-brown patina.



U638. PRESENTATION AMES 1850 MOUNTED OFFICERS SWORDS with HIGH-GRADE BRASS SCABBARD: This is an Ames Model 1850 Mounted Officers sword with a high-grade brass scabbard with a presentation. It reads Governor’s Guard to Dr. James Kent. July 4th 1860. There were several pre-war militia units that used the title Governor’s Guard. I believe this sword is associated with the Governor’s Guard from New York City. I have yet to connect the Governor’s Guard to a Dr. James Kent; however, the only James Kent listed in the Civil War data base as an officer was Lieutenant Colonel James Kent of the New York 21st Infantry. This may be his sword.  During my initial research, I did find reference to a military pass in the Columbia University Archives: Military Pass issued to James Kent Jr., signed by James Kent Jr. and Drake De Kay, July 4, 1861; which peaks the imagination and calls for more research.

There are two versions of the mounted offices sword, which are identical in all aspects except for the US etching. The earlier examples have the block US and the later version with the script style US. This example is has block lettering; however, it is larger is style to the standard version often seen. In fact, the eagle on this blade is much different with a spread wing flying design with the E Pluribus Unum ribbon under the bird.  The knuckle-bow is cast in a single piece and not spliced and more shallow then the standard Foot Officers sword. The blade is Ames marked with deep etching and a gray patina. The heavy brass scabbard has a beautiful raised eagle between the double ring top mount, the presentation between the mounts, and attractive chase work between the middle mount and the drag. The scabbard is also Ames marked. This is an extremely rare sword!



U642. M1850 STAFF & FIELD SWORD - SCHUYLER, HARTLY & GRAHAM. This is an outstanding example of a standard Model 1850 Staff & Field Sword from Schuyler, Hartley & Graham, New York. I have a Schuyler, Hartley & Graham M1850 Foot Officer sword (item U630) and both have the same blade style, pommel cap, and grip, and I believe these were made by SH&G. The hilt on this sword is tight and retails much original gold wash and 100% original grip and wire. The 30 1/2 inch blade has deep frosty etching with the American eagle on both sides, crossed flags, a fancy US, and the words Stand by the Union, as well as be maker marked; and is nick and rust free. The scabbard is free of dents, has a brown finish and all original mounts with traces of original gold wash. This is one of the finest examples of this sword I have seen in a while!  



U654. M1860 NAVAL CUTLASS, MINT SCABBARD: This is an 1862 dated and inspected M1860 Naval Cutlass with a mint condition original scabbard. Additionally, it is made rarer because it still has the original double-strand wire over 100% original leather. The brass basket guard is near perfict and tight with rack number 21M over 788. The pommel cap has matching patina and inspected marked “D R” as on the blade. The 25 1/2 inch blade shows wear with areas of dark spotting, and is Ames marked as well as dated and inspected: U.S.N. 1852 D.R., and has the original blade washer.  The scabbard is very minty and is by far the best I have seen.  If the blade were better, it would easily be a $2500.00 piece.  If you are a collector of naval cutlasses, don’t let this one get away.




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