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The following 4 swords are on consignment and the owner is motivated to sell.  

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UC001.  MODEL 1840 CLAUBERG PRESENTATION GRADE SABER – 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 $9,750.00


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 anoval 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 coupletiny 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 $9,950.00


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 $9,950.00


UC005.TIFFANY PRESENTATION M1850 STAFF & FIELD SWORD - "G" CO. NY 48TH VOLUNTARY INFANTRY: This is a Presentation sword from Tiffany, New York with a Collins dated blade. In the early years of the Civil War high-grade presentation swords were not yet available and as a result the early presentation sword were often the standard M1850 Foot Officer and Staff & Field sword swords, as is the case with this one.  This is the basis M1850 Staff & Field sword retailed by Tiffany. The hilt is the large basket design with US in it, grip is 100% shark-skin with triple twisted wire, an 1861 dated Collins blade, with is Tiffany etched. The scabbard has a nice brown patina with brass mounts, all which have nice chase work. On the front of the top mount is a large US and on the reverse is the presentation: “Presented by the Members of Company G 48th Reg NYSV Capt A. Edmendorf January 1, 1862.”

Captain Anthony Elmendorf joined the 48th New York on 26 July 1861, at Brooklyn, New York, his home of residence. He was promoted to captain on 26 August of that year. He was 20 or 21 years old at the time. He was given command of 'G' Company, which he had helped organize. Elmendorf's proficiency in drill acquired in the Thirteenth Regiment New York Militia obtained him his appointment as captain and to him was assigned the duty for a time of drilling the officers of the regiment until this duty was assumed by Colonel Perry himself. He was at Fort Pulaski, and later discharged on 19 April 1864 after submitting his resignation. I am waiting on copies of his military record and pension file for more information.

This is a great earlyNew York state presentation sword with great eye appeal and descent history. $4700.00 SALE PRICE $4000.00



U375. HIGH-GRADE NON-REGULATION BRITISH PATTERN 1822 CAVALRY OFFICER'S SABER:  This is a high-grade Non-regulation British pattern 1822 cavalry officer's saber with a gold washed hilt, and gold washed etched blade.  The blade is Clauberg maker marked and "Iron Proof" on the spine, and retains the original blade washer. The hilt is tight and the grip is 100% original shark-skin and triple wire. The scabbard is brown metal with brass mounts. $2800.00


U387.  M1840 CAVALRY OFFICERS' SABER - MINT:  This is a classic M1840 Cavalry Officers' saber in mint condition.  The guillion adornment has a radiating fan near the top edge of the quillion.  The two branches have the expected laurel leaf cast design.  The pommel cap is in the regulation Phrygian helmet pattern. The grip is shark-skin with braded wire. The entire hilt is tight, and generous amounts of original gold wash is still present. The mint-condition frosty blade is held tight by the original leather washer.  The 35 " blade is adorned with an Eagle, "E PLURIBUS UNUM" cross cannons, and a large US.  The scabbard is a style seen on Soligen made sabers. It is steel and believed to have been bright when made.  The chased mounts are all brass including the throat, suspension rings and drag. The ring mounts have a center heavy brass band with a scribed line border and are press or friction fit.  The scallop cut drag is the same design as the bands, but secured with a screw.  This is a excellent example of a M1840 Cavalry Officers' saber. $3950.00


U470: TIFFANY SWORD, STAFF & FIELD OFFICERS CIVIL WAR SWORD, PRESENTATION GRADE:  This is an absolutely outstanding Tiffany Staff & Field with Collins marked blade. It is beautiful. Although there are no other marks, it is most certainly a product constructed by Tiffany that was sold to a dealer/vender for marketing. It has a classic Tiffany style silver grip that is identical to those on Tiffany products and as most are aware, Tiffany used Collins (this is dated 1862) as its main supplier of high quality blades, even on its finest presentation grade swords. The blade is excellent with beautiful etching and the German silver scabbard is adorned with chaised decorative mounts. Mounts and hilt retain almost all of the original gold-gilt. A REALLY NICE SWORD, PRICED RIGHT.  An investment grade sword!! $4650.00


U510. DAHLGREN BOWIE BAYONET KNIFE: This is a Dahlgren Bowie bayonet knife.  Prior to the Civil War, Commander John Dahlgren developed a Bowie-style fighting knife, but in order to get it funded he marketed it as a bayonet for the Navy rifle musket (Plymouth rifle). It is rare to find one that will fit a Plymouth rifle because they had to be tooled to fit, but this one actually fits the rifle I have listed for sale F120.  This knife is all original with its original scabbard. The patina on the brass is even and never cleaned. The lug-nut locking spring is operational, the wood grip is complete, and the blade has a sharp point and never sharpened. The blade is maker marked Ames, Navy inspected and dated 1863.  The inspection markings are very rare because you will see a Navy anchor on both the blade and the back-end of the knife, which indicated it was not only inspected but issued. This makes it a scarce example! The scabbard is complete with no breaks or repairs, and retains all complete mounts.  As mentioned, it fits the Plymouth Rifle I have for sale, but is being sold separately. If both are purchased, I will give a package deal. The Bowie is priced: $2800.00


U542. W. CLAUBERG 1840 CAVALRY OFFICERS' SABER – AMES DESIGN:  One of the most popular Cavalry Officers' sabers during the Civil War was made by Ames, and several foreign manufacturers copied the design for retailers in America. Ames ultimately sued for copy-right infringement and won bringing an end to the importation of the copies.  However as a result, these sabers are almost as rare to find as the Ames version, but valued at a fraction of the cost. This saber is Clauberg made with the flying eagle on the inside of the guard with traces of original gold wash. The grip is 100% original shark-skin with triple wire. The unsharpened Clauberg marked blade is lightly etched with faint original frosting, and US and the spread Eagle in the center panels. The scabbard is one of the better ones I have seen with a bright steel finish and all original brass mounts. An Ames version would be valued $7500-$8900, but here is a chance to own a unique example of a Cavalry Officers' saber well below the cost of the Ames version.  $2850.00


U543. SAUERBIER CAVALRY OFFICER'S SABER, MID GRADE TYPE 1, PLAIN MOUNTS: Sauerbier cavalry officer's sabers are seldom encountered and always have distinctive features. This example is a mid-grade type 1 Officer's saber with plain mounts, and is the exact one featured on page 349 of the book “Civil War Cavalry & Artillery Sabers” by John H. Thillmann. It has an etched blade with a large panel with the maker mark, and bold block lettered US. The hilt is deeply engraved with a great chased quillion, guard and knuckle bow. The pommel cap is the unique Sauebier turned down version with a recessed spanner nut, and the grip is the typical oversized version with 100% original leather and wire. This is a rare saber to find, and how often do you have the chance to own one that is published and well documented.  $2650.00


U546.  STAFF & FIELD CAVALRY OFFICER SABER: This is a very unique Staff & Field Cavalry Officer saber with a gold-washed blade. It is rare to find one with a standard Staff & Field hilt.  In fact, the hilt is the style often found on a Tiffany Staff & Field officer sword.  The Clauberg blade is gold-wash "For Union and Liberty" and the spread eagle and US on the other side. The blade is in mint condition, and the hilt retains its original finish with 100% original shark-skin grip and triple strand wire.  The scabbard is in perfect condition with no dents or dings, and has all original mounts. Simply one of the best I have seen!


U561. M1821 NON-REGULATION INFANTRY NCO SWORD – VERMONT PRESENTATION: This is a model 1821 Non-Regulation Infantry NCO sword presented to a Sergeant Major of the 3rd Vermont Infantry Regiment. This sword is in mint condition with 100% original shark-skin grip and single twisted brass wire. It is the basic pattern as the officer’s model, but with a slightly shorter blade, and scabbard designed with a frog stud for carry by a SNCO. The top throat mount has the presentation that reads:

"PRESENTED TO SERGT. MAJOR G.P. BROWN 3rd Vt Inf Nov 14, 1863."

George F. Brown enlisted 6/1/1861 as a Private and mustered into “G” Co 3rd Vt Infantry. He was promoted to Sergeant Major 11/14/1863, 1st Lieutenant 6/26/1864 and Quartermaster 10/18/1864.  He was a Sergeant Major for just over 7 months, which accounts for the sword being in such mint condition. Muster sheets show that he was a clerk prior to being promoted, and as a Sergeant Major served in the Quartermaster corps. As a line officer, it looks as if he served in the infantry prior to being elevated to Quartermaster.

The 3rd Vermont Infantry was heavy engaged in many of the major battles of the Civil War, and no doubt Brown was actively involved being close enough to provide needed support to the front line troops.


Battle of Lewinsville

September 11, 1861

Battle of Rappahannock Station

November 7, 1863

Battle at Lee's Mills

April 16, 1862

Battle of the Wilderness

May 5–10, 1864

Battle of Williamsburg

May 5, 1862

Battle of Spotsylvania

May 10-18, 1864

Battle of Garnett's & Golding's Farm

June 26, 1862

Battle of Cold Harbor

June 1-12, 1864

Battle of Savage's Station

June 29, 1862

Battle of Petersburg

June 18, 1864

Battle of White Oak Swamp

June 30, 1862

Battle of Reams' Station

June 29, 1864

Battle of Crampton's Gap

September 14, 1862

Fort Stevens (Washington, D.C.)

July 11, 1864

Battle of Antietam

September 17, 1862

Battle of Charlestown

August 21, 1864

Battle of Fredericksburg

December 13, 1862

Battle of Opequon (Gilbert's Ford)

September 13, 1864

Battle of Marye's Heights

May 3, 1863

Battle of Winchester (Opequon)

September 19, 1864

Battle of Salem Church

May 4, 1863

Battle of Fisher's Hill

September 21-22, 1864

Battle of Fredericksburg

June 5, 1863

Battle of Cedar Creek

October 19, 1864

Battle of Gettysburg

July 3, 1863

Battle of Petersburg

March 25, 1865

Battle of Funkstown

July 10, 1863

Battle of Petersburg

April 2, 1865

Here is a chance to acquire a mint condition presentation sword to a Sergeant Major of the 3rd Vermont Infantry who later promoted to Lieutenant. Very rare! A complete copy of military records included.



U564. M1821 NON-REGULATION FRENCH INFANTRY OFFICERS SWORD:  WOW, what an amazing blade! This is a M1821 Non-Regulation French Infantry Offricers sword, which was imported into the United State and where carried by Infantry and Artillery officers before and during the Civil War. Often you will find these unetched, and if etched, in well-used condition.  This one is in amazing condition with an etched blade that is perfect in all aspects. The hilt has a nice patina, and with the exception of a small piece of leather missing, the grip is perfect.  The metal scabbard is dent free.  No maker or retailer marks.  $1050.00


U576.  SCHULER, HARTLEY & GRAHAM – MODEL 1860 STAFF OFFICERS SWORD: This is a rare example of French made Civil War Model 1860 Staff Officers sword retailed by Schuler, Hartley & Graham New York.  The 32” diamond shape blade (which is correct) is etched and marked Schuler, Hartley & Graham New York and French maker marked.  The Klingenthal “B” is on the ricasso reserve side, and the counterguard underside is marked “FBD” with a sword piercing helmet (F.Delecour).  The reverse clam shell folding guard is full sized with a plain field, but in the down position because the retention button is frozen.  The plain brown scabbard has all brass mounts with Civil War style top-ring mounts with a plain simple drag.  The hilt retains much original gold wash and has Mother-of-Pear grips, which are in mint condition. Look at John H. Thillmann's book “Civil War Army Sword” page 448 for comparison information. A Civil War Model 1860 Staff & Field sword is rare to find especially is such fine condition, but since the claim shell cannot be placed in the full open position, I have discounted the price accordingly.  $1900.00


U579.  AMES - M1840 ARTILLERY SABER: This M1840 Artillery saber is an outstanding example of the early Civil War production when Ames was filling early order, while still using available surplus parts.  The hilt it is the Type-1 design with the recess cavity for the early scabbard, but the blade is for the Type-2 scabbard, which is what this one has. The guard and pommel cap retain 95% original gold was, and the pommel is inspection marks JH, and the guard has three different number stamps; 42, 69, 618. The grip is 100% complete, but shows some wear. The blade is outstanding with its bright original luster, and is Ames marked and inspected US/J.T./1860.  The scabbard is the second design, which is correct for the Civil War produced blade. It is dent free and complete with all mounts and has an even speckle brown patina.  This is an early war dated saber and very rare to find especially in this condition. $975.00


U587.  M1841 NAVAL CUTLASS – AMES: This is an Ames M1841 Naval Cutlass and it obviously saw service in both the war with Mexico (1846-48) and the Civil War. The brass hilt shows wear, but is tight with the rack number 99 stamped on the guards face by the blade.  The blade is Ames marked and U.S.N inspected / dated 1842, which often are worn off, and shows evidence of period sharpening as well as pitting from exposure to salt air.  $995.00


U588.  SAUERBIER M1850 STAFF & FIELD SWORD: Sometimes, I find a sword which is unique in many ways and gets me excited.  This is such a sword!  It might not be minty and bright, or shiny as many high-end pieces, but this has the age and wear that truly indicated it was carried in battle.  It is an unmarked Sauerbier M1850 Staff & Field sword in a Roby Staff & Field scabbard. Was it originally purchased in this configuration, or did the officer obtain a field replacement.  One will never know, but the patina on the brass matches on the sword and scabbard, and the fit is perfect.  As far as I am concern, it is all original to the war.  The pommel cap, and screw, and blade match Sauerbier designs. The grip retains 100% original shark-skin material, but is missing all but one strand of wire. The blade washer is gone, but the blade is tight. The blade is tired, but you can still see the original etching.  Also, the blade show original period sharpening. The scabbard retains all original mounts and screws and wood liners, and has great patina.  Oh, if this sword could only speak…I hear the faint sounds of battles in Virginia, Pennsylvania, maybe Shiloh or the march to the sea.  This sword will display well in any collection. Free shipping. $1050.00


U596. HORSTMANN – M1850 STAFF & FIELD SWORD: This is a Model 1850 Staff & Field sword from Horstmann & Son Philadelphia. This sword would have been carried by officers of the rank Major to Colonel, as well as officers assigned to a command staff. This sword has great eye appeal with traced of gold wash and a nice golden brown patina. The basket hilt is tight and the grip is 100% original shark-skin with all original wire. The blade washer is gone, but the blade is still tight, and it retains its original frosting and razor sharp etching. The scabbard has a nice brown patina and retains all original brass mounts, which have traces of gold wash and nice patina. The drag is missing its retention screw and has a dent, which it does not detract from the beauty of the sword. $2200.00


U590.  SILVER HILT – M1850 FOOT OFFICERS / STAFF & FIELD SWORD – INFANTRY: This sword is often mistakenly identified as a Foot Officers sword, but in fact is a M1850 Staff & Field sword because the slightly larger and curved back basket guard. This particular design does not have a US in the guard and many dealers refer to it as Non-regulation, but it does conform to the Civil War sword guidelines.  Also, this sword is slightly rare for two reasons; first it has a German silver hilt, and secondly it is marked with a rare and little known retailer; O. LANGSDORF.  I searched all my referenced and could not find any information associated with this retailer, and intially the only thing I found was a past auction for another sword with the same marking O. LANGSDORF stamped in the blade, the guard and the drag. I was contacted by a respected collector who owns a musket with the same markings. He was able to track down some information on Otto Langsdore from Brooklyn and delt in surplus Civil War weapons for retail to military style units in New York after the war.  Neat!

The blade is not pitted, but does have a few nicks. Also, notice the blunt tip, it looks original as if it never had a sharp point, but I suspect that is post-war. Again, this is a first!  The scabbard is original to the sword and very strong with a period repair of brass above the drag. The top mount is marked Me 13, to which the meaning is unknown. The rings on each mount are original and very small in design, and the original drag has been place upside down as a result of the brass band repair. This is a great looking sword, which displays well, and how often can you find a Silver hilt at this price?  $925.00


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


U607. NON-REGULATION FOOT OFFICERS SWORD: It has been some time since I have been able to find a mint condition Non-Regulation Foot Officers sword. Next to the standard M1850 Foot Officers sword, the Non-Regulation Foot Officer sword is the most common sword carried by company grade officers, Lieutenants and Captains, during the Civil War. To coin the phrase: they are a dime a dozen. That being said, it is extremely rare to find one in mint condition with a perfectly etched and frosty blade. The guard is perfict; the grip is 100% original with all its wire; the white buff blade washer is intact; the blade is nick and rust free maker marked Horster Solingen, and the scabbard has no dents. $1700.00


U608. AMES M1860 NAVAL CUTLASS, SCABBARD & FROG: With the exception of no leather on the grip, this is a great looking Ames M1860 Naval Cutlass. The guard is dent free; pommel cap inspection marked DR; rack number 32M over 336; blade Ames maker marked and dated inspected 1862, and a very nice looking blade. The scabbard is in outstanding condition with no cracks or brakes and has its tip. The frog is original and show normal wear. $1600.00


U610.T-MARKED M1850 FOOT OFFICERS SWORD: This is a T-Marked M1850 Foot Officers sword complete with its original scabbard. For years T-Marked sabers and swords have been identified to Tomes, Son and Melvain Company; however, this identification has recently been revised and the T marks is believed to be attributed to Phillip H. Tuska of New York, NY. He was a military outfitter and had a military contract for cavalry sabers and NCO sword 1861-1862, and it go without saying that he also sold other swords and military supplies.  This M1850 sword has a deep rich untouched patina on the guard, which matched the fittings on the scabbard. The grip is original black leather with twisted wire. The original blade washer keeps the bright 32 inch blade tight. The blade is T marked as well as IRON PROOF on the spine, and deeply etched with a large American eagle with upward turned wings, and US facing towards the tip. The leather scabbard has the original mounts with screws; is complete with no breaks; has some leather lose and crazing, but still fits the sword well. $750.00


U611. M1850 STAFF & FIELD SWORD: This is a Civil War period M1850 Staff & Field sword complete with the original scabbard. The hilt retains better than 90%original gold wash, and the ornate guard and pommel cap are tight. The sharkskin grip retains better the 98% original material and 100% original wire. You can see a little loss near the guard. The blade etching is strong and there are traces of original frosting. It is maker marked with what I think is a shield with a Z, which would make it Clemen & Jung. The blade is also marked Eisenhauer. The original scabbard retains all mounts and screws and is dent free, and has a nice patina. The mounts all have outstanding chase work, especially the drag, and have traces of gold wash. Even the original wood liners are present.


U612. M1852 NAVAL OFFICER SWORD – IDENTIFIED: This M1852 Naval Officer sword is identified to Edward A. Robinson, Charlestown MASS. Robinson began his military service by enlisted at the age of 18 on July 23, 1862 as a musician; on Aug. 27,1862 he mustered into "B" Co. MA 36th Infantry, and was discharged for disability on Nov, 21, 1862. However, prior to being discharged from the Army, he enlisted in the Navy on Sept. 16, 1862 and was assigned to the receiving ship Ohio. His navy enlistment said he was 25, born in Corinth Maine and was a farmer. Obviously he must have lied about his age.

As a Seaman, he serves on the U.S.S. Lancaster Jan. 01, 1863 and on the U.S.S. Cyane Sept. 22, 1863 until transferred to the receiving ship North Carolina May 25, 1864 awaiting promotion. On June 23, 1864 he received an appointed to the rank of Third Assistant Engineer. He was assigned to the U.S.S. Wilderness, serving on that vessel and on the U.S.S. Hetzel until April 3, 1866 when ordered to the U.S.S. Squando, May 24, 1866 waiting orders for duty on the U.S.S. Glasgow July, 7 1866 to March 9, 1868. He was discharged for service on April 30, 1868 and would receive military pension for disability for illness contracted while in the Navy.

This sword is the basic M1852 Naval Officer sword made by Clauberg, Solingen. The hilt is tight with better than 50% original gold wash, The white sharkskin grip is 100% complete and retains 100% original triple-stand wire. The original red felt blade washer is present and keeps the 29 1/4 inch blade tight. The etching is very strong with all original frosting. The original black leather scabbard is complete with no breaks, but has normal wear, crazing, bump and dings. It has all original mounts and screws, and the identification is nicely etched on the top throat piece. A search of records has found his military and pension records, which is being compiled and will be included. Also of note, is the fact he saw action while serving on several ships both while enlisted and officer. Identified Civil War Naval swords are not that common, especially with such a good history. A flash-drive with 165 pages of historical information will be included.  $2600.00



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