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    U234.  NON-REGULATION STAFF & FIELD OFFICER'S SWORD:  This high end Non-Regulation Staff & Field Officer's sword is the second of this style I have ever purchased, and only the third I have seen; but the third one was in extremly rought condition. This is the only one with this high-grade designed scabbard. The brass hilt has the rare Lady Columbia holding a shield with "US" on it and an eagle clutching her staff.  This hilt is tight with 100% shark-skin grip and triple strand wire.  The blade is Clauberg marked and mirror bright with crisp etching.  The scabbard is not the steel version, but what appears to be silver plated brass, brass mounts with amazing chase work from top to bottom.  Between the top mounts is a Federal Eagle, and between the middle mount and the drag are cross American flags.  The scabbard retains the original wood liner and fits the sword like a glove, and the patina on the brass thoat piece perfectly matched the hilts. This is a rare design and not often seen, especially with this scabbard. A truly one of a kind sword. $3500.00

    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 etched blade.  Simply the best example of this saber!  On a scale of 1-10, this is a 9.75!  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

    U383. RARE HEINISCH BOWIE KNIFE: This is a rare American Bowie knife by the noted American Cutler Rochus Heinisch, of Newark, New Jersey. American Bowie knives are very rare; many times rarer than Sheffield Bowies that dominated the U.S. market place in the early to mid-1800s.  Heinish Bowie knives are extremely rare; and according to Bill Williamson, all appear to have been made in the 1850's. There are very few known specimens that have surfaced to date.  This being a previously unseen design, and only the second I have handled.

    This Bowie knifemeasures 12 1/4" in overall length with its original scabbard.  The 7 3/8" clip blade x 1 1/16" wide shows period sharpening, and hot stamped, "R. HEINISH". The blade tang extends through a walnut grip with a brass ferrule at the brass cross guard, and a brass pale where the tang is pinned. The entire tire is loose due to shrinkage.  The sheath is original to the knife and is in strong condition with a little shrinkage and the tip missing. On the grip are stamped the initials "J.R.M." however, there is nothing else indicating a units and there are too many soldiers with those initials to make a positive identification.

    In the famous William R.Williamson article on Heinish Bowies, he states that the name of R. Heinisch can be added to the select little group of American cutlers who made Bowie and fighting type knives of quality.  Here is an opportunity to own a Rare American made Civil War period bowie knife. $1600.00

    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 cut the same as the bands, but secured with a screw.  This is a excellent example of a M1840 Cavalry Officers' saber. $3600.00

    U463.  IDENTIFIED NAVAL OFFICERS' SWORD, UNIFORM, COMMISSION PAPER, BELT AND WAR RELIC:  This is truly a rare find,  a Civil War naval grouping identified to Howard D. Potts, Assistant Engineer U.S. Navy.  It includes a swollow-tail dress uniform, naval officers' sword, commission paper, war relic, Civil War naval belt with buckle, and a post-war naval belt with buckle. Howard Potts was born in Pennsylvania on December 16, 1840.  He entered service at the very outbreak of the war under "Presidents Lincoln's first call for 75,000 troops" as a private and band member in Captain McKnight's Ringgold Light Artillery from Reading Pennsylvania.  His original term of service was for three months, in keeping with the belief by both sides that the conflict would be a short one. Howard Potts re-enlisted in November 16, 1861 as a Third Assistant Engineer U.S. Navy where he began a long naval career.  He would later promote to Second Assistant Engineer.

    Here is a list of his assigned ships and posts during his career.  While at sea, he would see action against several Confederate naval vessels, and the Korean Punitive Expedition of 1871.This uniform tells of the years of service from the Civil War to the Korean Punitive Expedition of 1871.  The Naval Officers' dress uniform is an original Civil War period coat with all matching buttons and Assistant Engineer rank insiginal on the sleeve.

    Philadelphia Navy Yard  

    USS WaterWitch

    Philadelphia Navy Yard

    USS Tioga

    Boston Navy Yard

    Philadelphia Navy Yard

    Boston Navy Yard

    USS Pinola

    Promoted to Second Assistant Engineer

    Philadelphia Navy Yard

    USS Dacotah

    Philadelphia Navy Yard

    USS Monocacy

    Philadelphia Navy Yard

    Naval Asylum

    Naval Home

    November 16 to December 2, 1861

    December 2, 1861 to April 14, 1862

    April 14, 1862 to May 9, 1862

    May 9, 1862 to September 30, 1863

    September 30, 1863 to November 27, 1863

    November 27, 1863 to January 6, 1864

    January 6, 1864 to March 21, 1864

    March 21, 1864 to July 15, 1865

    Promoted to Second Assistant Engineer

    July 15, 1865 to November 24, 1865

    November 24, 1865 to September 29, 1869

    September 29, 1869 to July 22, 1869

    July 22, 1869 to October 15, 1872

    October 15, 1872 to October 26, 1874 (retired)

    November 30 1875 to December 31, 1889

    December 31, 1889 and died on August 13, 1906

    The addition of the red is a Post-war addition. The jacket has some moth holes, but nothing major.  The inside has the padding expected in the Civil War uniform.  The sword is a Civil War version of the M1852 Naval Officers' sword retailed by Horstmann. The retailer marking is faint from years of wear, but reads "W. H. Horstmann & Sons Philidelphia," which is the Civil War period markings. The scabbard is complete and has Howard D. Potts name and USN on both sides of the throat piece. The patina is even and all original,  and the hilt is tight with 100% original wire and shark-skin grip. The Civil War period Naval Belt's leather matched the scabbard, and the buckle is the two-piece version.  The commission paper has been professional framed. The ink is faded, but readable. The post Civil War belt has one remaining hanger strap. Also included is a war relic. I do not know what it is, but suspect it is from one of the ships on which Potts served. Included is a binder complete with historical information of Potts' military service, with his complete pension record. I found a report he drafted about damage to the USS Tioga during the fight to capture the Confederate steamer Herald, in which a Confederate shot damaged his ships machinery.This is a great Naval group with an appraised value of $8000.00. Shipping will be $45.00 because two boxes will be required. $4150.00

    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!! $4750.00

    U471.  PRESENTATION HORSTMANN CAVALRY OFFICERS' SABER - QUARTERMASTER, 2ND N.H. VOL. INFANTRY REGIMENT: When I acquired this saber, historical research had not yet been done; however, I have since obtained the complete military history and find it very interesting.  The presentation reads: "resented to Quarter Master James A. Cook by the Officers of the 2nd Reg N.H.V. Dec 15th 1861"

    The saber isa high-grade Cavalry Officers saber retailed by Horstmann & Sons Philadelphia. The hilt has a plan guard with high grade shark-skin grip and triple-strand dragoon wiring. The red felt blade washer holds the 30 1/2 inch blade tight, and the blade is etched with the Horstmann mark, US, eagle, and E Pluribus Unum.  The scabbard is German silver with brass fittings and all retain much original gold wash.  The saber and scabbard are in great condition!

    When peopleread and study the Civil War, they do not often think about all the troops and officers who are behind the front line, but these soldiers had a vital role in winning the war.  James A. Cook was one of those officers who would be on the battle field with his regiment, and would be mention by name for his service during the Battle of Gettysburg.  James A. Cook enlisted on 6/18/1861 at the age of 47 as a Commissary Sergeant.  He would promote to Lieutenant and mustered into Field & Staff NH 2nd Infantry on 7/2/1861.  He would be the Quartermaster for the 2nd NH Regiment at the following engagements: Bull Run, Siege of Yorktown, Williamsburg, Fair Oaks skirmish, Oak Grove, Peach Orchard, Glendale, Marvern Hill, Kettle Run, 2nd Bull Run, Chantilly, Fredericksburg, and with the 1st Brigade, Second Division, Third Corps during the battle of Gettysburg.  During Gettysburg, Brig. Gen Joseph B. Carr was commanding the 1st Brigade.  In has report on Gettysburg, he writes that Lieut. James A. Cook, acting commissary of subsistence, (is) entitled to great credit for the promptness and efficiency displayed in the execution of the duties to (his) respective department. On 8/12/1863 he was promoted to Captain and commissioned in to the US Volunteers Commissary Dept. as the Commissary of Subsistence, and he remain in the US Volunteers Commissary Department until 9/8/1864 when he was discharge for disability.  That disability was as a result of a fall that occurred while in camp January 1863 near Falmouth Virginia, which injured his spine.

    In 2008, the CDV and Kepi for James A. Cook came up for auction.  It would be nice to be able to locate and reunite them with the saber.  Included with the saber is a binder and folder with military records and historical information pertaining to Captain James A. Cook's service and unit.  An investment grade saber!! $3950.00

    U472.  ROBY - M1850 FOOT OFFICERS' SWORD:  This is a Roby Foot Officers' sword with the original maker marked scabbard. The hilt is tight with 100% original grip and double strand wire; however, there are a few thin spots. The brass hilt and scabbard mounts have matching patina.  The original blade washer holds the blade tight, and the blade is Roby maker marked and has great Roby frosted etching. There are a few small nicks towards the top 1/3 of the blade, but no pitting. The Roby marked scabbard retains all original months and screws, and the leather has 90% original finish with some minor crasing and wear above the drag. $1800.00

    U474. EMERSON & SILVER PRESENTATION-GRADE PHOENIX GUARD STAFF & FIELD SWORD, TOMES SON & MELVAIN RETAIL MARKED:  This is a rare Staff & Field sword! It is a silver hilt, Rising Phoenix guard Staff & Field sword made by Emerson & Silver and retailed by Tomes Son & Melvain New York.  The German silver grip retains 100% original triple-wire and has great patina. The hilt is tight with even patina, and shows a Phoenix rising from flames towards the "U. S." in the guard.  The blade is held tight by the original red leather blade-washer; is maker marked "W. Clauberg, Solingen," with the retailer mark for "Tomes Son & Melvain New York."  The blade is bright with traces of original frosting and a spread eagle with radiating rays, and "U.S." and military motif. There are a few minor nicks showing evidence it was carried and used. On the top of the spine of the blade near the hilt is the number "31" and the "IRON PROOF" mark. The scabbard is 100% original and extremely rare and in amazing condition!  It is leather covered steel with brass mounts.  This was a scabbard designed introduced during the Civil War and in most cases, the leather is in poor condition and often is missing or flacking away. This retains 100% of the original leather and with the exception of the crazing near the top month, is in amazing condition. The brass months have nice chase work and the top mount has "U.S." on the front and a presentation shield on the reverse, on the drag is stamped the number "31'' which matched the number on the blade. I have handled one other example of a Rising Phoenix hilt, but it had a standard ray-skin grip and leather scabbard.  This sword surfaced several years ago and I purchased it then, and it has been in a private collection until I recently reacquired it.  I have not seen another example exactly like this. Here is your chance to add a nice rare investment grade sword to your collection! $3798.00


    U486. P.S. JUSTICE CAVALRY OFFICER'S SABER: This is a marked version of the P.S. Justice Cavalry Officer's saber. It is a rare find and not often seen; however, when found they often show evidence of being carried during the Civil War.  This saber displays great original patina on the hilt and scabbard, and retains much of the original gold wash. The hilt and grip are tight with no movement and 100% original sharkskin grip and original wire. The original leather blade washer is present, and the blade is in nice shape showing the expected wear and maker marked P.S. JUSTICE. The scabbard retains all the original brass mounts, throat piece, and drag (missing its screw), and displays the expected wear and dings; and there is a still trace of gold wash on all mounts. This is one of the rarest Civil War officer saber and condition wise, is one of the best I have seen. It is available well below the asking price of $3400.00 seen on another web-site.  $1375.00

    U494. CLAUBERG CAVALRY OFFICER'S SABER with GERMAN SILVER HILT & SCABBARD: This is a high-grade/presentation quality sword, which show evidence of being carried into battle and has seen the elephant.  It is a Clauberg product and shows the quality for which they were known.  All the brass has taken on deep rich reddish-brown patina. The German silver grip is 100% original. The guard is missing its two branched, which were either sheared off by being struck by some type of ordinance. The original blade washer holds the 35 1/2 inch blade tight. The blade has a gray patina, which enhances the blades superb etching. The German silver scabbard retains its original wood liners and keeps the blade from rattling.  All the mounts are complete with original screws, and has beautiful chase work! The drag does have afew carried dents.  This saber is all original and never altered or cleaned.  $2300.00

    U505.  HORSTMANN PATTERN 1822 OFFICER SABER:  This is German made saber and a date to the early 1850’s, and were used through the Civil War. A number of these sabers are identified with the Philadelphia First City Troop, but more are shown in period images of Civil War officers. The hilt on this one is very large, with a leather grip and single strand wire. The original blade washer holds the blade tight, and you can see fancy etching and the Horstmann mark on the blade. When I discovered this saber, the blade was covered in old oil. After I wiped all the oil off I found the blade was bright. The scabbard is of a heavy design, which I believe is a period replacement. This is a nice sword at a reasonable price.  $825.00

    U506. T-MARKED (TOMES) OFFICER'S SABER: This is another T-marked Officer's saber, which is believed to have been made by Tomes, Son & Melvain as documented in John H. Thillmann's book Civil War Cavalry & Artillery Sabers. This saber is in outstanding condition with 100% original leather grip and triple strand wire, which is tight.  The ornate hilt is hand-chased and engraved with deep foliate, pommel cap brim is chased, branched are chased, and the guillon has a fine foliate design. Compare this to the other one I just sold U487 and you will see the difference in the design.  Since these were hand chased, no to will be 100% identical. The T- marked blade is in great condition with no rust or dent. The plain steel scabbard developed a nice rich brown patina.  All the T-Marked Officers sabers are early Civil War period pieces.$1600.00

    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

    U525. CLAUBERG CAVALRY OFFICERS' SABER – MODEL 1840 DEEP GUARD & KNUCKLEBOW VARIANT:  This is a Clauberg cavalry officers' saber – model 1840 deep guard & knuckle bow variant as shown on pages 140 – 143 in John H. Thillmann’s book {Civil War Cavalry & Artillery Sabers}. These are identified to Clauberg by the unique characteristics attributed to this maker. The hilt is tight; the grip retains 100% original triple strand wire and shark-skin grip, and the leather blade washer keeps the frosty blade tight. The blade has the brass PROVED disk, and is in mint condition with standard etching showing the Eagle and U.S. in the center panel.  The brown field scabbard is also in great condition with no dings or dents and has a great deep brown patina.  Overall, one of the best examples I have seen of this sword in near-mint condition. $2800.00

    U528.M1850 FOOT OFFICERS SWORD, W. G. MINTZER, PHILADELPHIA:  This is M1850 Foot Officers sword from a rare and seldom seen Philadelphia dealer, W. G. Mintzer.  This company fabricated swords from parts purchased from other companies to include both US and overseas. This tilt is the standard M1850 Foot Officers design with 100% original shark-skin grip with double-strand wire, and is tight.  It has an untouched original muster-brown patina. The original red felt blade washer holds the 32 inch blade tight. The blades original acid etching retains much frosting with a large US on one side and large vertical eagle on the other site.  At the base of the blade it is etched MINTZER PHILAD. Also, of note is the fact that the blade is exceptional wide, 1 2/16 at the base and still 1 inch wide 3 ½ from the. The original scabbard was lost on a battle field a long time ago, and as a result the price is for the sword alone. $550.00

    U530. AMES M1850 FOOT OFFICER SWORD – RARE VARIANT:  This Ames M1850 Foot Officer sword is a very rare variant in that it was never Ames marked and never etched.  No one know for sure why these rare example exist, but it has been surmised that these sword were either sold blank to retailers for resale or these were sold to Confederate states. Either way, they are rare and not often encountered.  When you examine the hilt you can see it conforms to all others made by Ames. The pommel cap design; the brazed connecting joint in the hand guard; the grip material and side seam, and the configurationof the double-strand wire, which has a period lead repair to it.The scabbard is pure Ames in its structure with a bottom seam. Both top mounts retain large original screws, but the screw for the bottom drag is missing. There are no breaks or bends in the scabbard, but there is minor crazing. Though rare, this sword does not break the bank and is very affordable, and will add to any collection.  PRICE $950.00

    U533.  P.S. JUSTICE – HIGH GRADE/PRESENTATION CAVALRY SABER - 7TH NEW YORK HEAVY ARTILLERY: I acquired this saber from Rafael of Shiloh Relics, and you may have noticed two swords I previously had listed on Arizona Swords are currently available on his site.  Those are two great swords, which I highly recommend to the discerning collector.

    Here is a very rare original Civil War cavalry officer saber and we even know that belong to. This is the very tough to find version of Civil War cavalry officer saber made by the firm of P. S. Justice of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At the time of the publication of the Civil War cavalry and artillery saber book by John Tillmann, he states that there were only three known Justice made cavalry officer swords they were aware of. This one is a higher grade manufacture than the ones illustrated and described in the book. As you can see in the images this one is finely crafted and in very attractive condition. The blade is full-length at 32 3/4 inches. At the base of the blade it is stamped on the reverse "P.S. Justice PHILADA". Each side of the blade has beautiful etching still vividly clear. At the base it has the crossed flags with the etched motto "STAND BY THE UNION". Each side also has the liberty Cap design engraving. The front side has the union Eagle and the backside has the ornate script lettering "US". The sword guard and pommel are each made of brass and are the classic style utilized by Justice. Each of these pieces are unadorned like that of the standard Justice cavalry sabers. The original handle of the sword is still intact and is in very attractive condition. The original sharkskin grip is present with the double twist wire made of brass wrapped around it and the double twist wire is flanked on each side by the single strand brass wire. The sword is accompanied by the original brass and metal scabbard. As you can see the drag and mounts are made of brass in each of the pieces are crafted of officer quality. The mount has the ornate floral pattern with the scallop design and in the center of the scallop it has the shield pattern. On the back of the top mount it has the presentation which is done in jeweler quality design that reads "Presented to A.V.B. Lockrow / by the Members of Co. E. / 7th N.Y. Art.". When we looked the soldier up we found that Arthur V. B. Lockrow enlisted at the age of 19 years old in Albany New York on August 11, 1862. He held the rank of first Lieut. as he was commissioned in the company E of the seventh New York Heavy Artillery. He served until October 2 of 1863 when he resigned at Fort Reno in Washington DC. During this time they served not only as heavy artillery but also infantry in the defenses of Washington. You can tell that the men of the Regiment thought highly of the young lieutenant by giving him such a beautiful sword. A brief history of the seventh Regiment will accompany the sword at no additional cost. Don't miss your chance at such a beautiful sword that is as rare as it is beautiful.

    I found an image of a young 7th New York Heavy Artillery officer armed with a Cavalry Officers saber standing by a heavy gun at Fort Reno.  I cannot say for sure, but I suspect it is Lt. Lockrow.  

    This is currently the one know example of a P.J. Justice Cavalry Officers saber with an etched blade and mounts, and presented. I am able to offer this saber at a substantial discount from the original listing price of $4500.00.  $3375.00

    U536.RARE - INSPECTED AMES MODEL 1834 OFFICER'S SWORD FOR INFANTRY, ARTILLERY AND ORDNANCE:  This sword is a standard Model 1834 Officer's sword with the typical boat shell guard with the beaded knuckle-bow and silver wire-impressed grip. Since it is the sword used by officers of the infantry, artillery and ordnance, it has a leather scabbard with gilt mounts. This example has 100% original gold wash on the hilt and scabbard mounts.  The sword is in mint condition with a frosty Ames marked blade. The scabbard fits like a glove and is original to the sword with all original mounts. There is a repair a few inches above the drag and the leather has crazing, but overall a very nice scabbard.  The US Government inspection marks for these sword are under the grip, and you must remove the top nut and take the grip apart.  It is rare to find an inspected verion of this sword is such minty condition.

    U538.  PRESENTATION GRADE - M1860 CAVALRY OFFICER'S SABER: This is a high quality Presentation Grade M1860 Cavalry Officer's Saber. The saber has a German silver grip, ornate hilt and pommel cap, with a German silver scabbard made by Clauberg, and is in outstanding condition.  The Clauberg marked blade has a nice grayish patina, which gives the etching of the Eagle and US a striking look.  The blade has never been sharpened and is nick and ding free.  The scabbard has high-grade mounts with ornate chase work, and retrains all original screws. Between the ring mounts is etched the presentation:

    Presented to

    First Lieut J. L. Halstead

    Company C Washington Greys

    by his

    personal friends as a token of their


    May 18, 1868

    Lt. Joshua L. Halstead was a member of a National Guard unit from New York City known as the Washington Greys. During the Civil War many of the National Guard units were attached to state units formed for the war.  Records show that members of the Washington Greys were attached to the 47th NY Infantry, the 8th Regiment NY, the 4th Independent Battery, and the 3rd Cavalry Regiment, NY. Currently, I have been unable to find Lt. Halstead in the Civil War data base to place him with any of these units; however, that is not unusual for members of National Guard units from the Civil War.  Further research at the New York State Archives for the state records is needed.

    I was able to find him listed in the post-war records of the Annual Report of the NY Adjutant General's Office for 1869 that list Joshua L. Halstead as a LT. in Co. C of the Washington Grey’s Cavalry.

    Normally a sword of this caliber would be listed around $5500.00, but with the post-war inscriptionI have priced it accordingly.  This is a great sword for any collector, especially one interested in the military history of New York and New York City. $3600.00

    U539.SAUERBIER – NON-REGULATION STAFF & FIELD SWORD: This is a Sauerbier Non-Regulation Staff & Field sword.  The key to its identification is the unique scabbard solely attributed to Sauerbier of New Jersey. For whatever reason, Sauerbier married this import style sword with this exclusive ornate scabbard.  The sword’s brass hilt has a spread-eagle in the center with 100% shark-skin grip and triple-strand wire. The blade is held tight with the original red felt washer. The blade is Solingen maker marked with an arrow in an oval, and is fully etched; however, the etching is to faint to be seen in photos.  The scabbard is in great condition with all original mounts and screws, and is dent free.  This scabbard does deserve a higher quality blade, but it is what it is for now and is priced accordingly.  With a minty blade the scabbard increases the value into the thousands. Until I find that blade, this is available at a giveaway price.

    U541.  AMES M1850 STAFF & FIELD OFFICER'S SWORD: This is an Ames M1850 Staff & Field Officer's sword complete with its original scabbard and is slightly better than the one listed above. This hilt retains 90% original gold wash, 100% original shark-skin grip and double strand wire, and is tight with no dings, dents or bends. The original white-buff blade washer keeps the 32 inch blade tight. The Ames marked blade is bright, near-mint, shows much original frosting, and the etching is crisp. There are no nicks, dents on dings in the blade, and it has never been sharpened. The standard eagle and E. Pluribus Unum is on one side with the script shaped US on the other side.  The original Ames marked scabbard is dent free with all its mounts and screws and retain generous almost all original gold-wash. Simply an outstanding example of the Ames M1850 Staff & Field Officer’s Sword!  $2950.00

    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.  $2900.00

    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.  $2950.00

    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! $4100.00

    U552. PATTERN 1822 BRITISH TYPE U.S. OFFICER'S CAVALRY SABER - CLAUBERG:      This is a Pattern 1822 British Type U.S. Cavalry Officer's saber made by Clauberg and it is in near-mint condition. These sabers were date from the 1850’s through the Civil War and are often seen in photo images of officers in various state units. The patina on this piece is an even brown on all steel parts to include the hilt and scabbard. The blade is tight with the original leather washer, and the etching is deep. In fact, the etching pattern is larger than normal with a very pronounced US and large spread eagle design. The hilt retains 100% original shark-skin and triple strand wire. Easily a $1200.00 saber, but I managed to get it at the right price to pass the savings on to its next owner.

    U553. NON-REGULATION FOOT OFFICER SWORD – RARE: Every so often, a rare unknown variant of a sword will surface like this. It is a Non-regulation Foot Officer Sword with a center medallion eagle design not common to a Union sword.  In fact, this medallion style is more common on a Confederate like sword, and as such, this sword was most likely made by a maker who provided swords to the South.  Additionally, the scabbard is a higher grade with brass fittings not normal to the Non-Regulation Foot Officer sword. The scabbard is dent and ding free, the hilt is tight with 100% original shark-skin grip and triple-strand wire, thought the etching is a little week, but readable. If the blade were brighter and closer to mint condition the sword would easily be $2000.00 plus.  If you have the Confederate version of this sword it would look great beside this one; however, if that Confederate sword is missing its scabbard this is what it should be. $1350.00

    U554.  RARE – M1850 STAFF & FIELD SWORD- MINTZER PHILADELPHIA: This is a M1850 Staff & Field Officers sword by Mintzer Philadelphia.  It is a rare find, and the only example I have seen so far to date. It has a standard hilt often seen on other Philadelphia made swords, and retains 100% original shark-skin grip and triple-stand wire. The short 29 inch blade almost makes this more suited for an Artillery Officer. It has nice etching, which shows original frosting under a nice even gray patina, and the Mintzer mark is very crisp. The scabbard has a nice light brown patina, with brass mounts.  I believe the throat piece is a period replacement since its design is slightly different then the middle mount. All mounts are tight, and the blade perfectly fits the scabbard.

    U555.  M1850 FOOT OFFICER SWORD: This sword conforms to the regulation for the M1850 Staff & Field sword, which is designed to have a metal scabbard.  However, when found with a black leather scabbard, it is considered a Non-Regulation Foot Officers sword carried by a Company-Grade officer. The sword is complete with its original leather scabbard, which retains all original brass mounts. You will know this for sure because the fine details appear and match on all mounts. The brass hilt is tight and retains generous amounts of gold-wash, with 100% original shark-skin grip and single twisted wire. The original leather blade washer keeps the Solingen marked blade tight. It still retains much of the original frosting, and has the standard small common Eagle and US etched on the blade. If you are looking for a nice Civil War Officers sword that will display well and not break the bank, this is it.

    U560. M1850 STAFF & FIELD SWORD: This unmarked M1850 Staff & Field sword definitely saw action and shows the expected wear one would hope to see for a Civil War sword. The brass hilt has a nice even patina and looks great with the large U S in its center. The grip is 100% original shark-skin and retains the original double strand brass wire. There is a little movement in the hilt because the original blade washer is gone. The 33 inch blade displays nice original etched that is a little rubbed-down in spots, but has never been cleaned or polished and is free of nicks or dents.  It fact, the last 8 inches of the blade looks great. The scabbard shows its use in combat with its share of dings, dents, and cracks; however, it did its job of protecting the blade. All brass mounts are original and only the screw for the drag is missing.  If you are looking for a mint sword, this is not it. But if you want one that shows character and saw the elephant, this is it. $995.00

    U561. M1821 NON-REGULATION FRENCH INFANTRY NCO SWORD – VERMONT PRESENTATION: This is a model 1821 Non-Regulation French 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.


    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, very rare. $2950.00

    U563.  EMERSON & SILVER HIGH-GRADE NON-REGULATION SILVER HILT STAFF & FIELD SWORD: This is a High-grade Non-Regulation silver hilt Staff & Field sword made by Emerson & Silver, New Jersey.  It is the design with an eagle with a stand of flags in the shape of a fan as a backdrop. A similar example, which I sold several months back, is featured on page 319 of John Thillmann’s book “Civil War Army Swords.”  This guard is usually associated with French-made Officers’ sword, but this one with a German silver grip is attributed to Emerson & Silver. The Emerson & Silver marked blade is in mint condition with 100% original frosted etching done in the style for which they are known. The steel scabbard has developed a deep rich brown patina that is simply beautiful, and the ornate mounts are amazing!  The high-quality casting is readily apparent is this sword. $4800.00

    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. Several dealers valued the sword at $2300-$2500, but I am listing it below their recommendation. $1600.00

    U566. UNUSUAL STYLE IMPORT NON-REGULATION U.S. CAVALRY OFFICER:  This saber is likely made in Solingen for the American Civil War and is considered a Non-Regulation pattern, and is a style seldom encountered. It is a smooth bird’s head shape pommel with an integral back strap. The grip is sharkskin, triple copper wire wrap with the center strand being dragoon twist. The knuckle bow has no slot for a saber knot. There are two cavalry style branches also undecorated. There are two shield shape langets and a flat disk quillon. The blade has the flat spins of the 1840 pattern. The ricasso is short with no markings. The 12.5 inch etched panel is beautifully done with scroll work and an American Eagle under stars and an E. Pluribus Unum ribbon. The reverse has a stand of arms in place of the Eagle. The scabbard body is German Silver. The mounts appear to be silver with heavy gilt.  The top mount is a long, 4.5 inch throat with a banded carry ring with line chased designs. The center mount matches, but smaller in size and the drag has the same chase-work of a line design around the blade and at the top. $1995.00

    U569.  EMERSON & SILVER M1850 FOOT OFFICERS SWORD: This is an Emerson & Silver M1850 Foot officers’ sword.  The hilt is tight with generous amounts of original gold-wash, original shark-skin grip with triple strain wire, and frosty mint condition blade held tight with the original white-buff leather washer. The etching is truly beautiful, to include the Emerson & Silver marking.  The steel scabbard has developed a nice even brown patina, and ring mounts are serial number stamped 25, but the drag is marked 52 in error, kind of neat in a way. $2400.00

    U570.  TIFFANY & CO BASIC MODEL 1850 STAFF & FIELD SWORD: This is a basic model 1850 Staff & Field sword by Tiffany & Co. New York.  The hilt design is well attributed to Tiffany and has been seen on the basic model and other embellished swords they produced. All the brass on this sword and scabbard has developed a deep rich coppery-brown patina, and is untouched. The drag show wear indicating the sword was carried, but the blade was well preserved.  It is Tiffany marked, but is stamped with the keystone symbol of Emerson & Silver, and has frosty etching with a little oxidation neat the tip. The grip retains 100% original shark-skin material and wire. The Tiffany name today is associated with high-end quality items, and it was the same and maybe more so in the 1800’s.  $2300.00

    U573. M1850 STAFF & FIELD IDENTIFIED TO AN OFFICER OF THE 18TH INFANTRY COLORED TROOPS: This is a M1850 Staff & Field sword, which belonged to Captain Charles L. C. Cass of the 18th infantry, colored troops. The sword is a standard import version with the US basket hilt. The brass has a rich mustard colored patina and the grip is 100% original shark-skin with triple strand wire and it tight. The original white buff leather washer holds the 32 inch blade tight. The blade is maker marked Schnitzler & Kirschbaum Solingen and is fully etched. The blade has a dark gray-tone patina, the etching is deep and the tip has a strong point. The metal scabbard has a great gray-brown patina with all original mounts. On the reverse side of the top mount is etched “C.L.C. Cass” “Capt USV.”

    In December 1863 Charles Cass applied for a commission into the 6th regiment Corps d’ Afriqua while at Port Hudson, LA and received a commission as a Second Lieutenant. He would be assigned to the 83rd infantry, colored troops and eventually the 18th infantry, color troops as a Company Commander. He would lead his men in the Battle of Nashville, and would sustain an accidental gunshot to the hand while in the field. Included with the sword will be a complete copy of his military record with other historical information. It is not often you find a sword attributed to an officer who lead colored troops during the Civil War. $3200.00

    U574.  EMERSON & SILVER NCO SWORD: Sometimes I come across something that is neat and unique that I have to buy it.  This is a standard Emerson & Silver M1840 NCO sword complete with the original scabbard; however, it never has a hilt put on it.  You can see the original tang, which is 7 1/2 inches long.  This is what the sword looks like before the brass grip and hilt are added.  How this one got by without being finished is unknown.  The blade is dated 1863 and inspected and Emerson & Silver marked, and the metal scabbard is complete with both mounts and inspection marks on the drag.  This is cool!!, and only priced at what the scabbard cost. $275.00


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