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Non-Commission Officer M1821 sword variant

U797. RARE - M1821 SWORD, NON - COMMISSION OFFICER VARIANT: This Model 1821 sword is a Non-Commission Officer variant. The hilt is the M1821 officer design compete with the original leather grip and wire, and a 30-inch by 1 1/8-inch blade maker marked Clauberg with the standing knight. The blade is etched with an eagle clutching an E Pluribus Unum ribbon and a cannon and shield on the opposite side. What makes this sword a non-commission officer variant is the scabbard. It is 30 ½-inches long with a brass dragand frog-carry throat piece. This is a scarce sword to find. Shipping & Insurance included. $1200.00

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U978. AMES MODEL-1832 FOOT ARTILLERY SWORD (1833): This is an Ames Model 1832 Foot Artillery Sword, dated 1833 in near-mint condition.  It was made during the second year of production (1833) and is one out of the first 4000 produced in the years 1832 & 1833. This is considered both a Mexican War and Civil War sword.  It is especially rare not only for its early production date, but its outstanding condition.  The hilt is tight, the blade is bright, rust free, and shows light period sharping. The underside of the guard is maker marked S. HUSE/ NEWBURYPORT with an inspection mark “C”. The blade is marked with the Ames Eagle over N.P. AMES Springfield, and UNITED STATES / 1833 /O. The scabbard is solid with both original mounts and rivets, no breaks, light crazing with two areas of leather loss, but overall, near mint.  This is an amazing find. Shipping & Insurance included. $1700.00

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A119. MODEL 1850 STAFF & FIELD SWORD: This is a Model 1850 Staff & Field sword with the large US basket hilt. It is 100% original with all the shark skin and triples wire grip; a tight blade; and steel scabbard with all mounts. The brass has an even patina; the blade was period sharpened; the etching is light from wear; and the scabbard mounts have attractive chase work. Shipping & Insurance included. $1500.00

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A165. MODEL 1853 ENFIELD SABER: This is a Model 1853 Enfield Saber with a steel guard and pressed leather grips.  It is in great condition with no issues. There are no marks on the side of the blade and only the number 13 on the top of the spine, but no maker mark. The initials "RHP" are on the quillion and the top of the scabbard; however, there are no other marks to help in an identification. Shipping & Insurance included. $1200.00

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A168. SAUERBIER FOOT OFFIERS’ SWORD – FLAME MOUNT SCABBARD: Sauerbier produced a variety of unique swords, and also fabricated many from parts purchased from other manufacturers and retailers, who did the same with Sauerbier parts. This sword has a high-grade hilt; a Sauerbier pommel cap; original shark skin grip and triple-strand wire; Sauerbier blade washer; a faintly etched blade of unknown origin; and a Sauerbier leather scabbard with their unique flame designed mounts. Shipping and insurance included. $1500.00

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A185. AMES MODEL 1850 STAFF & FIELD OFFICERS’ SWORD: This is an early Civil War period Ames Model 1850 Staff & Field Officers’ sword with a block “U S” etched blade. The swords condition is definitely a good indication this was carried on the field of battle. All the gold wash is gone and the brass has an even brown mustard patina on both the hilt and scabbard mounts. The grip shows wear with 98% original shark skin and 100% original twisted wire, and the guard is slightly bent back. The blade washer is gone, but the blade is tight with no movement. The Ames pen-etched maker mark is strong, but most of the remaining etching is light, and the blade was period sharpened and has a few minor nicks. The scabbard original finish is gone and the steel has a gray-brown patina. All mounts are present with only the drag screw missing, and the top mount is Ames marks in the rarely seen horizonal direction. Here is the opportunity to own an Ames Model 1850 Staff & Field sword that saw the elephant, but at a reasonable price. Shipping & Insurance included. $1400.00

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A190. SCHUYLER HARTLEY GRAHAM SWORD -  HIGH-GRADE PRESENTATION SWORD: This is a high-grade presentation sword retailed by Schuyler Hartley Graham, New York. The hilt is a French style Non-Regulation hilt with a center field of flags around a Federal Eagle; a fancy chased pommel cap; Ray-skin grip with twisted brass wire, and white buff leather wash that hold the blade tight. The blade is Clauberg maker marked with “IRON PROOF” on the spine and Schuyler Hartley Graham, New York retailed marked. The blade has a light gray patina, which makes the etched Eagle and US pop. The scabbard is in mint condition with 100% gold wash on all fancy mounts, and is silver plated on to of a German silver body, which is extremely rare. Shipping & Insurance included. $2900.00

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A200. MODEL 1861 NAVAL CUTLASS: This is a Model 1861 Naval Cutlass that is in near-mint condition.  When first ordered by the Navy, the Model 1861 Naval cutlass came with twisted brass wire; however, the exposure to salt water made the brass brittle causing the wire to snap. As a result, the wire was removed from existing stock, and Ames was directed not to attach wire on futured orders. In addition to the Navy, the Army order 300 copies. It is not exactly known why, but they may have been issues to coastal artillery units or Marine Artillery Regiments; not to be confused with the Marine Corps. There are no existing records to documents where these 300 cutlasses went. This cutlass is in great condition with a near-mint scabbard. The guard is marked 4M685. This is not a rack number, but the order number making this number 4685.  The blade is dated 1862, but not Ames maker marked, and there are no inspection initials or USN marks. Also, the grip is in original mint condition and has original twisted brass wire. The leather scabbard is in near-mint condition with all its rivets and has the brass frog button and a strong tip with no breaks. The original leather blade washer holds the blade tight, and the blade was period sharpened. The 4M685 indicates this was originally slated to go to the Navy, but since it lacks the USN inspection initials and retains the original wire, there is a good possibility this was issued to the Army or sold to a one of the State naval militia units. A M1861 cutlass in this fine condition are seldom seen! Shipping & Insurance included. $1500.00

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A207. CLAUBERG – MODEL 1840 CAVALRY OFFICERS SABER: This is a Clauberg Model 1840 Heavy Cavalry Officer saber, which were carried by Union Cavalry Officers in both the Mexican-American & American Civil War. This example show wear, but not abuse, and is in great condition. The brass hilt and pommel cap have a pleasing patina, and the ray-skin grip shows wear and is missing some of the smaller side wire, but retains 100% original copper dragoon wire. The blade washer is missing; however, the saber is tight. The blade is triple Clauberg maker make, which is extremely rare: W. CLAUBERG SOLINGEN stamped on the left side; W. CLAUBERG SOLINGEN etched on the right side; and Clauberg KNIGHT Stamp. The spin of the blade is etched IRON PROOF. The body of the original scabbard has a nice even brown patina with brass rings and mounts, and the drag shows wear.  It also has the original throat piece with the original retention rivet. The blade was never sharpened and the etching is strong, but shows some wear.  Overall, this is a great example of a Model 1840 Cavalry Officers saber. Shipping & Insurance included. $1300.00

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A210. CLAUBERG – NON-REGULATION STAFF & FIELD SWORD: This is a Clauberg made Non-Regulation Staff & field sword with a brass guard and a high-grade scabbard. The brass hilt, pommel cap and back-strap are tight with 100% original shark skin grip and triple-strand wire. The blade is bright and frosty with great etching and is Clauberg maker marked. The original scabbard retains 100% original brown finish with gold-washed mounts and a fancy throat and drag. This is a quality sword! Shipping & Insurance included. $2400.00

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A215. AMES NON-REGULATION FRENCH INFANTRY OFFICERS MODEL 1821 SWORD: Noted author John H. Thillmann “Civil War Army Sword” identifies this sword as an Ames Non-Regulation French Infantry Officers sword, Model 1821. This sword has an open guard, leather grip and a scabbard with ring supports attached to the brass mounts, but no ring-bands. It is “Ames” maker marked, but the blade is void of the standard “US” etching. This etching is faint, but visible. The hilt is tight, the original blade washer is intact, and the Ames marked scabbard is strong with all brass mounts and steel screws. There is a theory that this style sword was produced for the Southern market since Ames was shipping blades south prior to the outbreak of the war. In fact, many Confederate made swords are similar in style, and this sword design may have been the template copied by makers such as Boyle & Gamble. This is an extremely rare sword! $2500.00

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A224. EMERSON & SILVER - PRESENTAION GRADE DAMASCUS STEEL SILVER HILT STAFF & FIELD SWORD & PERIOD PRESENTATION CASE + SWORD KNOT & SASH: This is a presentation grade silver hilt staff & field sword with a Damascus steel blade in a period presentation case with a sword knot & officers sash. The hilt and scabbard design are associated with Emerson & Silver, Trenton, New Jersey. The hilt is the large basket style guard with a center medallion with and America Eagle clutching a shield, and a stand of 8 flags with a top ribbon with 13 stars, and a German Silver grip with twisted brass wire. The original leather blade washer holds the 32 1/2-inch Damascus steel blade tight. It is Gold & Blue etched IRON PROOF on the spine, with US and the American Eagle on the blade. The steel scabbard has a nice gray patina and retains all its fancy mounts, but is missing the screw for the throat piece. It is rare to find a Civil War sword with a Damascus steel blade. The presentation wooded case in complete with all original hinges; brass handle; ivory diamond key hole, but no key; and is brown felt lined. The top does have a spit in the wood, but is very sold with no movement. In addition to the sword, there is the original sword knot and Officers sash, with has a few holes, but overall, in excellent condition.  Shipping & Insurance included. $9500.00

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A227. MODEL 1850 FOOT OFFICERS’ SWORD: This is a Model 1850 Foot Officers’ sword with a larger guard more common to a Staff & Field sword without the US in the basket. The hilt is tight and the grip is 100% original shark skin with original twisted brass wire. The original leather blade washer holds the IRON PROOF blade tight, and the blade has a pleasing patina with strong etching of “US” and the American Eagle. The blade has a sharp point, some dark spot areas, but no rust or pitting. The scabbard is original to the sword and is strong, with all original mounts which are embellished with great chase work.  Shipping and Insurance is included. $1300.00

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A231. SAUERBIER – MOUNTED INFANTRY OFFICERS’ SWORD: This is a Sauerbier Mounted Infantry Officers’ sword. Foot Officer swords have a leather scabbard whereas Mounted Officers carried their swords on horseback, and are metal. It is easily identified as a Sauerbier sword because of the unique featured attributed to this maker: The fuller design; the etching pattern; the leather grip and wire; the pommel cap design and how it is connected to the guard; and the spinner nut. The hilt has a dark brown patina with a small US in the guard. There is no blade washer, but the blade is tight. The blade has a nice gray patina, with beautiful Sauerbier etching which includes the US flag and shield, a 6-point star surrounded by 12 smaller stars on each side; a large U. S. and the Masonic symbol of a square and compasses with the letter "G". The scabbard  has the  original  brown finish with some scattered surface pitting and all egg corn adorned ring mounts and a rarely seen drag pattern. Shipping & Insurance included. $2600.00

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A235. SAUERBIER - TYPE-1 CAVALRY OFFICER NARROW BLADE SABER: Sauerbier, out of Trenton New Jersey, made a variety of different swords and sabers of which many have design characteristics unique to this maker. This Type-1 Cavalry Officer saber has a large heavy guard with detail chase work; a turned down pommel cap with a spinner screw at the tang; black leather and twisted wire; and a scalloped leather blade washer. Often, the blade was the heavy model 1840 version, but sometimes, it was a rarer narrow model 1860 blade as is the case with this saber. The blade has the fuller design unique to Sauerbier and is etched, but not maker marked, and is a little tired. The scabbard has ornate mounts and drag and perfictly fits the blade. This is a rare find and a version often missing from many Sauerbier collections. Shipping & Insurance included. $2500.00

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A244. INDIANA PRESENTATION – SAUERBIER HIGH-GRADE STAFF & FIELD SWORD: Presentation swords for the state of Indiana are very rare and extremely difficult to find. This one was recently discovered and no one knew it was presented because the presentation is on the blade, which is very rare! The sword is a High-Grade Sauerbier Staff & Field sword with a non-regulation hilt with a German Silver grip that was originally gold washed; a pommel cap with a pewter UNION disk and a perched flying Eagle on top; a gold washed frosty blade; and a metal scabbard with beautiful chase above the drag. Between the original gold wash etching and the sword tip is the presentation:

Presented to Lt Ed Alexander

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Co. B 52nd Regt Ind Vols

Lieutenant Edwin Alexander enlisted and mustered into “B” Company, Indiana 52nd Infantry Volunteers as a sergeant on 2/1/1862, and was promoted to Second Lieutenant on 9/4/1862. During his time of service, the 52nd was involved in the Battle of Fort Donelson, the siege of Corinth, as well as numerous smaller actions and operations against guerrillas, including scouting details from Fort Pillow. On a scouting expedition on 31 December, 1863, Lieutenant Edwin Alexander and five men were frozen to death in a snow-storm on an island in the Mississippi river. His grave stone would identify the location as being Island No. 10. Included with the sword is a binder of historical information. Shipping & Insurance included. $6900.00

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A245. IDENTIFIED – SAUERBIER MODEL 1852 NAVAL OFFICER SWORD: Sauerbier Naval Officer Swords are extremely scarce and are often missing from advance collections. This one is even more unique because it is identified to a Naval Officer with service prior to the Mexican War up to the beginning of the Civil War. The sword has a complete original Sauerbier scabbard with all gold wash mounts; a hilt with 100% original gold wash; and original white shark skin grip that is still bright white with original twisted wire. The original leather blade washer holds the 28 1/2-inch blade firm. It is frosty etched with an anchor on both sides; and American Eagle and a ribbon with USN on one side; and a flag with USN on the other. Above the right side anchor is the name “T. A. Hall” surrounded by 32 stars. This number of stars represents the period between July 4, 1858 – July 3, 1859.

Acting Master Tobias A. Hall was in the United States Navy prior to the Civil War and may have served during the Mexican-American War: 1846-1848. He captained three ships and is listed as the Master of the Schooner “Sultana” in 1842, Master of the Brig “J.S. Stevens” 1843-44; and later in 1849 he drafted a “Notice to Mariners” from the abstract log of the Bark Ocean Bird: March 10, 1849 signed by Tobias A. Hall, Master.

Hall took his Oath of Allegiance to the United State of America August 29th, 1861; would later be commissioned September 27, 1861; and was assigned to the receiving ship USS North Carolina in New York Harbor prior to being transferred to the USS Brandywine; which was laid up in ordinary for more than a decade. Hall’s Civil War service in the Navy was shorten by illness and he was hospitalized November, 1861 and would pass away in 1866. A binder with historical information is included, as well as shipping and insurance. $3000.00

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A254. UNIQUE - MODEL 1840 MUSICIAN SWORD: This unique Model 1840 Musician Sword came out of Kentucky. It has the standard M1840 Musician sword hilt with crude casting in the grip with a totally different blade and scabbard. Instead of the standard straight long blade used by Ames, Emerson & Silver, and Horstmann, this blade is shorter with a 1/18 x 25-inch curved blade, which is original to the hilt and retains the original white buff leather washer. It is totally unmarked, and the leather scabbard is complete with a brass drag and throat. I do not know who made it, or if it was Union, Militia, or Confederate carried. All I am sure of, is that it is the only known example I have ever seen in this configuration.  This would display well with a collection of Musician swords, as well as with a Confederate Musician or NCO uniform grouping. Shipping & Insurance included. $950.00

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A258. AMES MODEL 1840 CAVALRY SABER - 1848 – CONFEDERATE REFURBISHED SCABBARD: At the outbreak of the Civil War, there were many Union armories seized by Southern states, and all the weapons confiscated were sent to Confederate ordnance depot or arsenals to be fix; refurbish; and reissue to southern troops. It is well documented that many saber scabbards were lacquer with a black finish as is the case of this saber. It is an Ames Model 1840 Heavy Cavalry saber, Ames Cabotville,1848 maker marked and “US” WD  inspected. The saber has an untouched patina; has a worn grip; most original wire with a break; and is tight. The original blade washer holds it all tight. The blade has never been cleaned and has a deep gray patina; was period sharpened and have several saber contact nicks indicating it saw some action. The scabbard is original and if Union carried wound have a steel finish. This was Confederate refurbished with a black finish, and the throat piece is Confederate assembly marked X X. I can list this at a price well below its full market value and add free shipping & insurance. $675.00  

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A264. PRESENTATION QUALITY, HIGH GRADE, FIELD CARRIED - CAVALRY OFFICERS SABER: I am often asked if presentation grade swords were carried in battle, and the answer is yes. This presentation quality, high grade cavalry officers’ saber is one such example, and the wear on the scabbard and the period sharpened blade are a few indicators of field carry. The hilt is tight; the pommel cap and guard have great chase work; the German silver grip is missing all but a few strands of wire; and there is a brass Liberty head inlay on the inside guard. The original  leather blade washer holds the etched blade tight. The blade has a gray patina, which make the etching more pronounced, and this saber has the rarely seen “U.S. Cavalry” etched on the blade. This etching is an indication the saber was carried by a regular officer in a U.S. Cavalry. The silver-plated brass scabbard shows lots of wear with only limited amount of original silver; also, the top two mounts do not match. The top one is original and the middle appears to be a period replacement, and the drag is original. Shipping & Insurance is included. $3950.00

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A266. NEAR MINT – GERMAN SILVER HILT – HIGH GRADE PRESENTATION QUALITY STAFF & FIELD OFFICERS SWORD: This is a near mint condition, high-quality German silver hilt presentation grade Staff & Field sword by Clauberg. The hilt retains 100% original gold wash; the German Silver grip is tight with 100% original triple strand wire, and the bright frosty etching blade it tight. The steel scabbard fits tight to the sword and have all gold washed mounts. It is missing the blade washer and there are some darks spots near the tip, but no rust or pitting, and never sharpened. Simply a marvelous sword! Shipping & insurance included.$4750.00

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A269. HIGH GRADE – SAUERBIER – GRANT HEAD POMMEL CAP- MEDICAL SURGEON PRESENTATION SWORD: This is an extremely rare example of a high-grade Sauerbier sword presented to a Civil War medical surgeon. It is not maker marked; however, it has several unique characteristics associated with Sauerbier to include the etched scabbard with its distinctive Sauerbier drag. It is 1 of 5 known examples with a General Grant Head pommel depicting his full head, and 1 of 2 known swords with an Abalone grip in an octagon shape. The hilt style is that of a 1840-50’s Militia Officers sword with a silver plated open cross guard with a chain guard, and the presentation on both sides of the center panels.

Presented to

Thos R. Cosby

Surg U.S. Vol

by the

Officers  Friends

Female Nurses

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Col Coll Hosp

Jun 1st 1864

 

Dr. Thomas Russell Crosby, 1816-1872, offered himself for examination before the Army Board at Philadelphia, and passed so creditably that he was at once commissioned as Brigade Surgeon and place in charge of Columbian College Hospital, near Washington. He found the hospital in a miserable condition, and made it his special duty to bring it up to the correct standard of what an army hospital should be. So successful was he that although he often asked to be relieved and detailed to duty in the field, his request was never granted, but he was retained in charge of this hospital until it was closed, receiving the brevet of Colonel United States Volunteers, as a mark of appreciation from Government when he was mustered out. A binder with historical information is included, and Shipping & Insurance is free. $7500.00

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A273. SAUERBIER - STAFF & FIELD NON-REGULATION SWORD: This is a high-grade Non-Regulation Sauerbier Staff & Field sword with a unique center eagle design, which is no commonly seen. The hilt it tight with ornate chase work on the branched and inside the guard and a tight pommel cap. There is a good amount of original gold wash. The original black leather grip is 100% complete with 100% original double twisted wire. The blade is held tight with the original leather washer. The blade is Sauerbier maker marked and has strong etching. The brown metal scabbard is complete with all original ornate flame mounts, which are unique to Sauerbier, but has stippling. Shipping & Insurance included. $1950.00

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A271. SAUERBIER STAFF & FIELD OFFICERS SWORD, STEEL SCABBARD: This is a Sauerbier maker marked Staff & Field Officers sword in a plain steel scabbard. The brass hilt and pommel cap have traces of original gold wash with a nice even brown-mustard patina, and is tight. The original black leather grip is 100% complete and has all original triple-strand wire, and the original leather blade washer holds the 30 1/4-inch etched blade tight. Initially, you might think this scabbard is for a saber; however, it is shorter with a curve for this blade and not a saber. This may have been carried by a Mounted or Artillery Staff & Field officer. The original hanger clips are attached to the rings and retain a little original leather.  $1700.00   

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A272. SAUERBIER - TYPE-2 CAVALRY OFFICER NARROW BLADE SABER - RETAILER BY SCHUYLER, HARTLEY & GRAHAM Sauerbier from Trenton New Jersey, made a variety of different swords and sabers many of which have unique design characteristics. This Cavalry Officer saber has a type-2 1860 guard with detail chase work on the inside and pommel cap; shark skin grip with twisted wire; a narrow blade; and a steel scabbard with detail mounts. Often, the blade was wider, but sometimes, it is a narrower version. The blade has the fuller design unique to Sauerbier, and is etched with  cavalry soldiers in battle, horses drawing a caisson and cannon; US, and the retailer mark for Schuyler, Hartley & Graham. The scabbard perfectly fits the blade and has ornate mounts and drag. This is a rare find and a version often missing from many Sauerbier collections. Shipping & Insurance included. $2900.00

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A276. 38TH ILLINOIS PRESENTATION SWORD: This sword was presented to Lt. Col William F. Chapman 38th Illinois Infantry by his Friends. It is a standard Model 1850 Foot Officers sword with no maker or retailer marks. It has a tight hilt with a pommel cap that has additional chase work with a US flanked by 13 stars. The 31 1/2-inch blade is held tight with the original leather blade washer and has standard etching, which retains much original frosting, but with salt & pepper pitting on the blade. The leather scabbard is strong and has all mounts, which have detail chase work on the front. The top mount reserve has the presentation:

 

Presented to

 

Lt. Col

 

W. F. Chapman

 

38 th Ill Inf

 

By his friends

 

Lieutenant Chapman was severely wounded in the right arm near Murfreesboro, Tennessee at the Battle of Stone River on December 31, 1862 by a musket, or minnie ball. During the Battle of Chickamauga September 19th 1863, he was injured again with a gunshot wound for the second time to his right arm. Both injuries occurred while he led his troops in battle, and most likely in the arm which he carried his sword. On October 24, 1863, Chapman was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and would eventually take command of the 38th Illinois Infantry Regiment at Louisville on May 17, 1864; however, his command of the regiment was cut short due to his untimely death from disease on November 23, 1864 at Pulaski, TN. Shipping & Insurance, as well as the historical binder are included. $3500.00

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A277. RARE – AMES MODEL 1832 SHORT FOOT ARTILLERY SWORD, DATED 1862: This Ames Model 1832 Short Foot Artillery sword is dated 1862. The original June 11, 1861 contract for 1000 short artillery swords was cancelled on May 24,1862 and only 300 were delivered, making this an extremely rare Civil War dated sword. The blade was never sharpened and is original bright with very few blemished. It is “Ames” scroll maker marked and inspection marked “US” “J.H” “1862” on the blade, and “G.G.S” on the cross guard. The date is lightly stamped, but you can clearly see the 8, 6, and curved top of the number 2 in the date. This hilt has a nice dark mustard brown patina and is tight, and the scabbard is strong with no bends or breaks and retails both mounts; however, the drag is missing one reverse side rivet. The drag has the inspection mark “K” on the tip. Considering the fact only 300 swords dated 1862 were delivered during the war, this is a rare find! I saw another example at the Gettysburg show for $2700.00. This is $500 less. Shipping & Insurance included. $2200.00

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A278. AMES MODEL 1840 ARTILLERY OFFICERS SABER – TYPE 2: One of the most sought-after swords is the Ames Model 1840 Artillery Officers Saber in any configuration. Artillery officers’ sabers followed the pattern of the enlisted saber;  Type-1 guards were recessed to accept the scabbard, were as the Type-2 version were not and the scabbard has a throat piece. This saber is a Type-2 example. It has 100% original black leather and twisted wire. There is no movement in the hilt, and the blade is held tight by the original blade washer. The 32 1/4-inch blade is bright, with faint etching and light salt & pepper spots, and is faintly Ames maker marked. The scabbard is original! At one time, this saber sold for $14,000, but is now available for less. Shipping & Insurance included. $7750.00

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A279. IDENTIFIED - CIVIL WAR PERIOD MODEL 1852 NAVAL OFFICERS' SWORD: This is an Ames M1852 Naval Officer’s sword identified to Acting Ensign George F. Bayley. He initially enlisted in the Massachusetts 3rd cavalry, but was discharged for disabilities on 16 June, 1862 at New Orleans Louisiana. He later accepted a commission in the United States Navy as an Acting Ensign and served on the USS Cornubia & USS Pampero. 1864-1866. Braley had his name and service period etched on his sword. The etching is in Old English script inside a rectangular panel above the original Ames etching. The marker mark is faint, but readable with magnification. The brass guard and pommel cap retain 100% original gold wash; the grip and wire are 100% original and complete; and there is a period replaced leather blade washer, which holds it all tightly together. The blade showed wear with period sharpening and some minor small nicks. No scabbard. Shipping & Insurance included. $1600.00

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A282. HIGH-GRADE PRESENTATION STAFF & FIELD SWORD: This is a High-Grade Presentation Staff & Field sword, which shows extensive wear on the scabbard from being carried. As a result, the officers to whom it was presented is unknown as most of the presentation was rubbed off leaving only fragments of original etching. Additionally, much of the original gold wash on the scabbard is also worn exposing the underlyingoriginal German silver. Still, this is a beautiful sword!

The German Silver grip with all original wire is tight to the ornate “Jung Frau” face pommel cap, and the large US basket guard has a raised eagle quillion with original ruby eyes. To the front of the guard, is a decorative leaf canopy which shields the base of the blade. The entire hilt is tight with no movement and retains much original gold wash. The blade has the keystone mark for Emerson & Silver, and retains much original frosty etching with areas of light salt  & pepper pitting. The steel scabbard was first German silver plated and then gold washed with high-grade raised mounts to include Lady Liberty on the top mounts; a silver-plated presentation plaque within the middle mount; and an egg corn & leaf ornate drag. With the aid of high-power magnification, you can see “Presented to” “By His” and “Nov 1862” and the rest is hard to discern. There does appear to be the large letters ”CT” in front of a unit designation, which may indicate a Connecticut Officer. Shipping & Insurance included. If the presentation were readable and an identification were made, the sword would be $2000 to $4000 higher in value. $5750.00

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A288. AMES MODEL 1850 STAFF & FIELD SWORD - IDENTIFIED TO A WISCONSIN OFFICER: This Ames Model 1850 Staff & Field sword is identified to Lieutenant Colonel Joshua James Guppy, and it looks to have been taken from him when he was captured at the Battle of Buzzards Prairie on 11/03/1863. It is believed to have been a presentation sword, but the plaque was removed when the scabbard was Confederate refurbished with a flat black lacquer finish.  Lt. Colonel Joshua James Guppy initials J. J. G. are engraved on pommel cap and top ring mount, and the presentation plaque removed with holes filled in, and a Confederate flat black lacquer finished. A detail search of the Civil War data base and the National Archived records found one and only one Staff and Field grade officers with the initial J.J.G. and that being Lieutenant Colonel Joshua James Guppy. He was commissioned into Field & Staff Wisconsin 10th Infantry on 9/13/1861, discharged for promotion on 7/25/1862 for a commissioned into Field & Staff Wisconsin 23rd Infantry, and Mustered Out on 7/4/1865. He Wounded  on 11/03/1863 at the Battle of Buzzards Prairie and listed as a POW at Carrion Crow Bayou, LA. He would be promoted to Colonel on 7/25/1862 and Brigadier General on 3/13/1865 by Brevet. A 90-page binder of historical information is included, and shipping & insurance is free. $2800.00

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A289. DAHLGREN BAYONET: Probably no bayonet of the Civil War era is more instantly recognizable than the US Model 1861 Bowie Knife Bayonet better known as the “Dahlgren Bayonet" because of its creator and the man who was responsible for pushing for its adoption by the Navy. The massive knife bayonet with a 12” blade, an overall length of just under 17” and weighing in at about 2-pounds was the brainchild of US Rear Admiral John A Dahlgren (1809-1870).  This example is an early example dated 1861 and Navy inspected with an anchor & “P over G G”. It is also Ames maker marked. It is complete with all screws and the retention spring, and have 100% of the original walnut wood grip, which does have some dings. The blade is bright and period sharpened with no rust or pitting. The original leather sheath is competed and strong with both brass mounts. The top one retains the frog stud and all rivets, but the drag, which it tight, has none. 1861 dated and Navy inspected Dahlgren bayonets are not often seen, especially in this tine condition. Shipping & Insurance included. $1800.00

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A290. NON-REGULATION FOOT OFFICERS SWORD: The Non-Regulation Foot Officers sword was carried by company grade officers from every northern state, and is one of the most beautiful swords of the Civil War. This one is in mint condition with 100% original shark-skin grip and triple dragon wire. The hilt is tight and the original red felt blade washer holds the frost mint blade tight. The guard has a deep rich chocolate-brown patina that matches the scabbard, and the frosty etching is extremely bright. There is no maker or retailer mark, but the top of the spin is marked IRON PROOF. This is one of the finest examples I have seen!  Shipping and Insurance is included. $1400.00

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