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C256. CONFEDERATE - MASSIVE BOWIE FIGHTING KNIFE:  This Confederate knife and original russet scabbard is well made and heavily constructed.  It is 21.5 inches long, 1 3/4 inches at its widest point, and weighs 1 pounds 14 oz. The quality is very good and there are several known examples which are almost identical. There is a published example with DEATH TO ABOLITION carved in the blade. There is another with a D-guard configuration, one with a partial S-Guard design, and another 4 identical to this and a short example; making eight known examples. All have the same grip, blade design, and russet scabbard. This scabbard would have had a reinforced leather band and heavy belt loop, but that is gone on this example; however, the leather remains very strong with original stitching, and has the initials "J A C" carved near the top. Unfortunately, there is not enough information to identify these initials.$2300.00 SALE PRICE $1900.00

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U617.CAVALRY OFFICERS SABER – MICHIGAN or PENNSYLVANIA IDENTIFIED: This saber was discovered in Michigan by a Western-Gun dealer who brought it to the Denver show where I bought it. The dealer had no relevant history other then it came from Michigan.

To my surprise, I saw a set of initials “G M F” scratch into the face of the guard by the blade.  After I got the sword home, I started to research the initials and found one Michigan Officer match: George M Farnham. He enlisted on 7/25/1863 as a 2nd Lieutenant, promoted twice and was Aide-de-Camp on Col. Towbridge’s staff, June 1865. George M. Farnham: Residence St Johns MI; 24 years old / Enlisted on 7/25/1863 as a 2nd Lieutenant. On 10/23/1863 he was commissioned into "I" Co. MI 10th Cavalry. He was Mustered Out on 11/11/1865 at Memphis, TN (Aide-de-Camp on Col. Towbridge's staff, June'65.) Promotions: 1st Lieut 1/22/1864, Capt 10/19/1865

I then broadened the search to include all UnionCavalry officers and found another cavalry officer with the same initials: George Montgomery Fleming. He was promoted in 1864 as a Quartermaster with the 21st Pennsylvania cavalry after serving as a Quartermaster Sergeant.  George Montgomery Fleming: Residence Clinton County PA; Enlisted on 8/on 6/1/1863 at Harrisburg, PA. On 8/8/1863 he mustered into "E" Co. PA 21st Cavalry He was Mustered Out on 7/8/1865 at Lynchburg, VA (Subsequent service in US Army from 02/23/1866 to 12/10/1870). Promotions: Qtr Master Serg 8/30/1862, Private 8/8/1863 (As of Co. E 21st PA Cavalry), Qtr Master Serg 1/1/1864 (Estimated date), 1st Lieut 3/1/1864 (1st Lieut & Quartermaster)26/1862 as a Private. On8/26/1862 he mustered into "E" Co. PA 137th Infantry. He was Mustered Out

Since this saber was discovered in Michigan, Ibelieve it belonged to George M Farnham; however, I can not rule out the possibility it belonged to George Montgomery Fleming. Both officers had long military service, and more research is warranted. The sword was carried and shows wear on the drag and the guard, but not abuse. The blade is frosty bright with strong etching. Easily a saber carried by an Aide-de-Camp or Quartermaster.$2300.00 SALE PRICE $1900.00

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U620. WAR OF 1812 - AMERICAN ETCHED – ENGLISH P-1796 LIGHT CAVALRY OFFICERS’ SABER: This is a rare and very historical saber. It is an American etched – English P-1796Light Cavalry Officers’ saber, which would have been in service for the War of1812. The grip original leather is 95% complete with a little missing near the right side, and the wire is all original. The blade etching is bright and frosty with an American Eagle in the center. The original scabbard fits well and has the original finish with some period folk art in gold paint.  You will not often see these for sale and will look nice is a War or 1812 display.$1800.00 SALE PRICE $1700.00

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U636. SAUERBIER - M1850 FOOT OFFICERS SWORD: This is a Sauerbier M1850 Foot Officers sword. It has all the distinct features found on a Sauerbier sword: a unique pommel cap screw; an unstopped fuller; a standard guard design with a US in the center; a chased-worked pommel cap; a leather grip with triple strand wire; and a large U. S. in block-style lettering. The etched blade is a little dark with a salt & pepper patina that makes the etching pop! The metal scabbard is dent free and has a distinct Sauerbier drag. $1600.00 SALE PRICE $1400.00

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U652. HORSTMANN - M1850 STAFF & FIELD SWORD: This Horstmann Staff & Field is in near-mint condition with much original gold wash, a bright blade and brown finished scabbard. The blade has some light spotting, but very frosty. The hilt is tight,100% original grip and wire.$2900.00 SALE PRICE $2700.00

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U692. ROBY- M1850 STAFF & FIELD SWORD: This Roby M1850 Staff & Field with its original scabbard.  $2300.00 SALE PRICE $1700.00

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U704. 1862 DATED - M1850 FOOT OFFICER’S SWORDS: This M1850 Foot Officer’s sword was assembled and retailed in New York City by the silversmith Fellows & Co. It is a high-quality sword with a Collins 1862 dated blade and has very detailed etching. The hilt and pommel cap are attractive with traces of gold wash and a nice patina. The shark skin grip and wire are original and 100% complete. The red felt blade washer keeps the 31-inch blade tight. The blade is stamped Collins made and dated 1862 and etched Fellows & Co New York. It is frosty with strong etching to include: US, an eagle with an "E Pluribus Unum" ribbon, “In Union there is Strength” and “Liberty or Death.” The blade was never sharpened and is nick free. The metal scabbard has a nice brown patina and retains its fancy mounts. Simply a beautiful look sword! $2300.00 SALE PRICE $1900.00

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U708. CLAUBERG - M1850 STAFF & FIELD OFFICER’S SWORD: This is an extremely fine example of a M1850 Staff & Field Officer’s sword by Clauberg, Solingen. The hilt is tight with generous amount of original gold wash; the grip and wire are 100% correct; and the original red blade washer is complete. The blade is bright and frosty etching. The scabbard has a nice brown finish and ornate mounts.$2200.00 SALE PRICE $1700.00

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U737. SAUERBIER - M1850 FOOT OFFICERS SWORD: This is a Sauerbier M1850 Foot Officers sword. It has all the distinct features found on a Sauerbier sword: a unique pommel cap screw; an unstopped fuller; a standard guard design with a US in the center; a chased-worked pommel cap; a leather grip with triple strand wire; and a large U. S. in block-style lettering. The etched blade is bright with original frosting and the Sauerbier maker mark. The metal scabbard is dent free; retains 100% original brown finish, and all mounts are complete with matching inventory number 34.$1600.00 SALE PRICE $1500.00

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U802. AMES - M1850 STAFF & FIELD SWORD, VARIANT: This Ames M1850 Staff & Field sword is a unique variant. Instead of the standard etched blade, this one has a M1833 Dragoon saber blade. The reason for this in unknow, but some speculate the blade may have originally belonged to the father of the officer who had this special-order sword built. The hilt is tight with original sharkskin grip and wire and the original blade washer hold the blade tight. The blade is an 1837 dated Ames Dragoon blade, modified to fit the scabbard. The arch of the scabbard was also adjusted for the blade and the throat piece reinforced with the addition of retention screws. This is a unique variant, of which may be the only known example.$1700.00 SALE PRICE $1500.00  

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U822. MODEL 1850 STAFF & FIELD SWORD, MINT ETCHING: This M1850 Staff & Field sword has mint etching. The large US basket guard has 80% original gold wash and the shark-skin grip and triple wire is 100% original. The 33-inch blade is bright with mint frosty etching and IRON PROOF on the spine. There is no maker mark, but the shape of the blade looks American made. The scabbard has a deep rich brown patina and the deep gold/brown patina on the mounts highlight the fancy chase work. This is an exceptional example of the style sword.$2400.00 SALE PRICE $2200.00

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U836. EARLY M1850 STAFF & FIELD OFFICER’S SWORD: This is an early version of the M1850 Staff & Field Officer’s sword. Most of this style sword are Horstman marked, but this one is not but have the King head maker mark. The hilt is tight and retains much original gold wash; has 100% original black leather grip and dragoon wire; and retains the original felt blade washer. The blade is bright and frosty with military etching, but no US or eagle. The scabbard has a pleasing brown finish with all original mounts. You can see wear on the drag; however, the sword is in great condition. I was able to purchase this at a smoking price and can offer it for sale well below market value.$1900.00 SALE PRICE $1600.00  

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U839. CIVIL WAR PERIOD – M1860 STAFF OFFICER SWORD: Most M1860 Staff Officer swords that are for sale are the post-war version, and it is rare to find a Civil War period example. There are a few minor details to the Civil War sword: the basic plan looking reverse clam shell; the scabbard’s single ring top mount; and a simple looking drag. This example has all the characteristics of the Civil War version. The shark-skin grip and wire are 100% original; the button works allowing the reverse clam shell guard to move; the blade is maker marked F. Delacour & Bakes, Paris, and etched with small US flags; the top scabbard mount has one ring; and the drag is plan in design. The scabbard has a deep brown patina. Where the M1850 sword was designated for Staff & Field, this sword was only delegated for staff officers to include generals. There is an image of General Hooker on a horse wearing this style sword.$550.00 SALE PRICE $500.00  

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HORSTMANN – M1850 STAFF & FIELD OFFICER’S SWORD, HEAVILY CURVED BLADE, ARTILLERY VERSION

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