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ACRYLIC SWORD & SCABBARD STAND: This pair of acrylic sword & scabbard stands was designed to hold one sword and its scabbard. Each is 5 inches tall and designed with square edge groves to prevent the sword or scabbard from flipping over as often happens with similar stands with a rounded cut. They will accommodate swords of all sized from small bowie knives to cavalry sabers.  This design presents a very clean and crisp display that is attractive. $29.00


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ST01. AMES – PRESENTATION SWORD - TOP MOUNT - M1850 FOOT OFFICER SWORD: This is a top mount for an Ames M1850 Foot Officers presentation sword. Presented to Lieutenant E V Burk by his Comrades of G Company 71st N.G.S.N.Y. July 4th 1869.  $275.00


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U960. RARE - SAUERBIER NON-REGULATION PATTERN 1821/22 CAVALRY OFFICER’S SABER: This non-regulation saber must have been made for a mounted officer, artillery officer, or a cavalry officer because the blade is both long and heavy, which made it a very serviceable saber. The non-regulation hilt retains 100% original gilt and 100% original leather and triple-strand wire. The Sauerbier marked blade has deep strong etching with much original frosting under a nice gray patina. The steel scabbard is in near-mint condition and is decorated with the flame throat piece, panoply of arms and the skull and crossbones ring mounts, and the large drag. $2700.00


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U963. WESTERN FRONTIER – INDIAN WAR PERIOD, CLIP - POINT BOWIE: This is a Western Frontier – Indian War period Clip-point Bowie, which was made from a #12 meat cleaver made by H. Ehrlich & Son / St. Joseph Mo. as marked on the blade.  A blacksmith did an outstanding job converting a meat cleaver into a large fighting knife with a strong leather sheath.  H. Ehrlich & Son may have been in business during the Civil War, but can only find a commercial date of 1870. The knife is 17 1/2 inches long with a 6-inch walnut slabbed grip; 5-inch S-Guard; 11 1/4 X 2 3/8-inch-wide blade with a 5 ½ inch clip-point. The blade has great filing marks and was period sharpened, and there are filling marks on the wood where it was shaped. A steel cross-guard and ferrule were added and have matching patina to the blade. The grip is tight with two original steel pins. The sheath fits perfect to the blade, has 100% stitching and three period brass rivets. The patina is simply great! $2400.00


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U971. HIGH-GRADE - VERMONT PRESENTATION SAUERBIER TYPE-3 CAVALRY OFFICERS SABER: This is a high-grade Sauerbier Type-3 Cavalry Officers Saber, which was presented to a Vermont Officers. The saber has a pewter grip with triple-strand wire; a guard with fancy chase work; a pommel cap with a pewter lady’s bust profile and a pewter U.S. Shield inscribed UNION; a brightly etched and frosty blade; and a scabbard with high-grade heavy mounts with pewter inlays. Between the throat piece and top mount is the presentation:





Co. B Vt 11th Artillery by the men


bers of his Co. as a token of their


Confidence and Esteem Jany, 1863

Charles Hunsdon enlisted on 8/13/1862 as a Captain and on 9/3/1862 was commissioned into "B" Co. Vermont 1st Heavy Artillery and Mustered Out on 6/24/1865. He was promoted to Major 11/2/1863, Lt Colonel 9/2/1864, and Colonel 5/23/1865 as the unit’s commander. Originally mustered into U.S. Service as the 11th Vermont Volunteer Infantry in September 1862, it was officially redesignated as 1st Artillery, 11th Vermont Volunteers in mid - December 1862 and deployed to the capital is the defense of Washinton, D.C. However; in 1864, General Grant directed the unit to take the field of battle as an infantry unit and it saw action started at Spotsylvania Court House and staying in the fight until the end of the war becoming the Vermont’s most active combat unit. $9750.00


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U977. EMERSON & SILVER MADE – MILLER & CO. NEW YORK RETAILED SILVER PLATED NON-REGULATION OFFICERS SWORD:  This Non-Regulation Officers sword was made by Emerson & Silver and retailed by Miller & Company, New York. There are several features that identify the maker as Emerson & Silver; the grip shape, the Keystone mark on the blade, the tulip shape scabbard throat piece and the numbering on the mounts. The sword is high-grade with silver plated hilt and back strap and the silver-plated mounts and the fancy drag. The grip is 98% original shark skin with triple strand wire, and the original white buff leather washer hold the blade tight.  The blade is marked Miller & Co. New York with two etched panners with some pitting near the tip. The scabbard is complete with all mounts and screws, and detailed chase work. Emerson & Silver where in business 1860-1865 and had a New York City office 1860-1864. Miller (John) & Co. New York where in business 1863-1868 and sold presentation grade swords. It is rare to find a Miller retailed sword, especially one which it silver plated. $2900.00


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U992. 1ST CONNECTICUT HEAVY ARTILLERY ID'ED FOOT OFFICERS SWORD:  This sword belonged to Lieutenant Nelson B. Gilbert of the 1st. Connecticut Heavy Artillery. The characteristics of the sword indicate that it most likely was made by Sauerbier. The leather grip and twisted wire, as well as the hilt and pommel cap, are 100% original and tight. The blade shows wear, but the etching is strong. The original top-stitched leather scabbard has crazing, but is strong and firm, and retains all original mounts, which show a high copper content. The top mount is engraved as follows:

Lt N B Gilbert

1st Arty C V


On 5/22/1861, Gilbert  was commissioned into "H" Co. CT 1st Heavy Artillery and was discharged on 2/15/1864. On 10/27/1864 he was commissioned into CT 3rd Light Artillery and Mustered Out on 6/23/1865 at Virginia. His unit was heavy involved in several engagements throughout the war. $2500.00


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U995. HIGH-GRADE POST - CIVIL WAR PRESENTATION SWORD - COMPANY A “CHARLESTOWN CADETS” 5TH REGIMENTS M.V.M: This is an amazing High-Grade post - Civil War Presentation sword attributed to the “Charlestown Cadets” Boston Massachusetts. The 5th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Militia was a peacetime infantry regiment that was activated for federal service in the Union army for three separate tours during the American Civil War. In the years immediately preceding the war and during its first term of service, the regiment consisted primarily of companies from Essex County as well as Boston and Charlestown. The sword is an ornate staff & field sword with a German silver grip; gold washed guard and pommel cap in a German silver scabbard with high-grade fancy mounts.  The top mount is etched “CC” for Charlestown Cadets, and on the reversed side between the mounts if the presentation:

Presented to Captain H. C. Cutter by the

Charlestown Cadets and Friends

May 24th 1869

Cutter entered service as a Private and promoted to Corporal in the “H” company, 5th Regiment M.V.M. during the latter part of the Civil War for an enlistment of 100 Days. He would remain with the unit and promote to Captain of the Charlestown Cadets. Shipping is included. $6550.00


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A103. STAFF & FIELD SWORD - CLAUBERG: This is a Staff & Field Sword made by Clauberg, Solingen. The basket hilt has a unique quillion design and is tight with no movement, and the sharkskin grip is 100% complete with triple-strand wire. The etching is a readable but worn, and the blade has a gray patina. The scabbard has an even brown finish with all original brass mounts and throat piece. Overall, a nice look Staff & Field sword. Shipping included. $1750.00


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A107. LATE AMES - CIVIL WAR – MODEL 1860 STAFF OFFICER SWORDThis is an example of Late Civil War period Ames Model 1860 Staff Officer sword. It is a rare find! The hilt is tight with 100% original shark-skin grip; twisted brass wire; 95+ percent original gold wash; and a reverse guard held tight with the retention ball. The elliptical-shaped blade is Ames maker marked with frosty etching. The scabbard is bright-platted; has 2 single-ring mounts; a brass throat, and a plan and simple drag, all which have the matching number 74. This is a rare sword. Shipping and Insurance included.  $1500.00


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A113. CIVIL WAR MODEL-1860 STAFF OFFICERS SWORD, EMERSON & SILVER: This is a high-grade Civil War period Model-1860 Staff Officer sword made by Emerson & Silver, New Jersey. The hilt has a horn grip with original twisted wire with a fold-down counter guard. It retains 95% plus original gold wash and is tight. The blade has the Emerson & Silver Key-Stone maker marks and has original frosty etching. The scabbard is bright steel with all original mounts and twisted rope rings, and the plan drag shows some wear indicating the sword was carried. Shipping and Insurance included. $1700.00


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A114. CIVIL WAR - 1860 STAFF SWORD – UNMARKED SCHUYLER, HARTLEY & GRAHAM: This is a Civil War period Model 1860 Staff sword similar the those retailed by Schuyler, Hartley & Graham.  It is identical in design to the sword featured on pages 148 -149 of John H Thillmann’s book Civil War American Sword. This is a French import. It is maker marked with the “FBD” arranged around a Greco-Roman helmet with a sword. This mark represents a fine military goods dealer located in Paris: F. Delecour. The blade is 29 inches long by 3/4 inch with a panoply of arms, cannons, flags and foliate design to the end. It has 100% original shark-skin grip and 100% original wire. The sword retains the original retention button, which hold the clam-shell reverse guard in place. The scabbard is original with 2 top-rings mounts and the plan drag used ion Civil War M1860 Staff swords. Shipping and Insurance included. $1300.00


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A117. HORSTMANN MODEL 1840 CAVALRY OFFICERS SABER – SHORT BLADE: This is a Horstmann M1840 Cavalry with the 31 ¼ inch short blade as described in John Thillmann’s book “Civil War Cavalry & Artillery saber” pages 216-222. The hilt is tight and the grip is 100% original with triple twisted wire. The pommel cap has a trumpet-like appearance and the inside quillion is plain. The blade has strong etching and is Horstmann retailer marked, and is held tight with the original blade washer. The scabbard is original to the saber and has brass rings and mounts.  All the brass has a deep pleasing patina. This pattern saber pre-dates the Civil War by 20 years and saw continuous use well after the war. Shipping & Insurance is included. $1500.00


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A118. HORSTMANN MODEL 1860 CAVALRY OFFICER’S SABER, TYPE-2: This Horstmann saber has a model 1860 unembellished hilt with a sharkskin grip and triple strand officers’ wire. Since it has an unadorned brass guard, it is believed to be an early war saber made when they were very scarce. The hilt is firm, and the original blade washer holds the 35 1/2-inch quill back blade tight. The patina on the blade makes the etching pop, and you can easily see the Horstmann mark, the military motifs, which include a field tent, Tecumseh, an American Eagle on both side, and US in a shield. The scabbard is German silver-plated steel with a brass throat piece designed for the quill back blade, and two brass mounts with rings and a brass drag.  All fittings are tight and have deep original untouched patina. This is a rare example of an early Civil War sword!  Shipping and Insurance is included. $1600.00


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A119. MODEL 1850 STAFF & FIELD SWORD, FROSTY-MINT ETCHED BLADE: This M1850 Staff & Field sword has 33-inch bright frosty-mint etched blade with US on one side and the American eagle on the other side, and marked IRON PROOF on the top spine. The large US basket guard has 80% original gold wash and the shark-skin grip and triple wire is 100% original. The original leather blade washer keeps the blade and guard tight with no movement. There is no maker mark, but the shape of the blade looks to be American made. The scabbard has a deep rich brown patina on the steel body, and a deep gold/brown patina on the mounts, which are highlighted with fancy chase work. This Staff & Field sword is totally untouched and in outstanding condition.  Shipping & Insurance is included, and since this sword needs to be displayed with the blade out I will include a free sword stand. $2075.00


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A121. AMES M1860 CAVALRY OFFICER’S SABER HILTED - SCHUYLER, HARTLEY & GRAHAM RETAILED: One of the rarest and most sought-after swords is the Ames M1860 Cavalry Officer’s saber, and it is often missing from most advance collections. Even more rare, is an unmarked specimen sold to an independent retailer. Most likely, this sword blade was factory damaged and repaired prior to being sold to Schuyler, Hartley & Graham who then etched and sold it. The entire sword is Ames, from the pommel cap to the guard; the shark-skin grip and wire; the blade and the even more rare steel scabbard with wide brass mounts. 12 1/4 inches from the tip is a dove-tail factory repair. It most likely was buffed out and not visible when done, but is noticeable today, and the blade if full length to the scabbard, which is period. The blade is Schuyler, Hartley & Graham retailer marked and etched. The scabbard is in great condition with a few minor dings and all mounts, and only missing the screw for the drag. The pommel cap and guard are a little loose, and there is some missing wood, and shark-skin near the pommel cap. The hilt is identical to the one depicted on page 87 of John Thillmann’s book Civil War Cavalry & Artillery Sabers, and the scabbard in identical to the one depicted on page 90. This appears to be an Ames M1860 Cavalry originally made for the 1861 US Ordnance contract, but had an issue with the blade and was sold off and retailed by Schuyler, Hartley & Graham. Cavalry officer’s swords are rare, and scarcer is the Ames saber. However, since it is not 100% Ames its value is less and more reasonably priced. $1900.00


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A126. NON-REGULATION FOOT OFFICERS SWORD – MINT CONDITION: This is a Non-Regulation foot Officers sword in mint condition. The hilt and backstrap retain 100% of the original German Silver finish and the grip has 100% original shark skin with original triple-strand wire; and the original leather blade washer holds the bright frosty blade tight. The blade is maker marked “F. Horster Solingen” “IRON PROOF” with a round brass PROVE inlay. The scabbard has its original finish with a few minor dings.  Overall, this sword is in mint condition, and it will be difficult to find a better example! Shipping and Insurance is included. $1500.00


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A127. AMES M1850 FOOT OFFICER SWORD – UNMARKED:  This is an unmarked example of the Ames M1850 Foot Officers sword. As a manufactory, Ames often sold unmarked examples of swords to smaller dealers and shops for resale. When you do a side-by-side comparison with a marked examples you see all the Ames characteristics. The hilt is tight with 95% original gold wash. The grip and twisted wire are 100% original and complete, and the original white buff leather blade washer holds the frosty blade tight. The leather scabbard is complete with all original mounts with some gilt still on the top two ring mounts, and there crazing, but the scabbard is strong. $2400.00


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A128. AMES M1850 FOOT OFFICERS SWORD – PRE CIVIL WAR: This is an example of an early Ames M1850 Foot Officers sword from the pre-Civil War years 1850-1860. It can be identified as such because of the needle pen Ames maker marks in circle and the heavy brownish-black leather scabbard. The hilt is tight with 100% original shark-skin grip and twisted wire. The blade is bright with much original frosting and the wide block US. The scabbard has all original mounts and the leather is very strong.  Early Ames M1850 Foot Officers are not often found.  Shipping and Insurance included in this price. $2900.00


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A130. MODEL 1852 NAVAL OFFICERS SWORD – W. CLAUBERG: This is a Model 1852 Naval Officers sword made be W. Clauberg, Solingen. I suspect it is a late war production because the maker die stamp was worn and some of the letters are weakly struck. The sword shows wear, but is in great condition with a tight hilt; 100% original white shark-skin grip and triple wire; the original red felt blade washer; a strong and complete scabbard with all original mounts; and a frosty blade with deep etching, though it has some areas of salt & pepper dark spots.  The top mount has some movement, but the middle and drag are tight. The Union navy was smaller than the Army and therefore there are fewer M1852 Naval Officers swords then those carried by officers in the field. Shipping & Insurance is included. $1600.00


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A131. SAUERBIER CAVALRLY OFFICER SABER – BUNTING PHILADELPHIA – MOLLUS COLLECTION: In 1886, several Companions of MOLLUS (Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States) began the formation of a Civil War Library and Museum to serve as a repository for their records, relics, memorabilia, souvenirs, artifacts, and awards. A charter and Certificate of Incorporation were granted on May 2, 1888 for the War Library and Museum of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Companion Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th President of the United States, was its first President. The collection was kept in various locations in Philadelphia until a house was purchased at 1805 Pine Street in 1922 to house the collection and to serve as the MOLLUS Headquarters. The Museum closed in 2008.  This saber came out of that collection and has the museum inventory number from a recent auction. The saber was made by Sauerbier and is an early Civil War production with a plan hilt with ornate chase-work depicting a canon and a floral design. It retains much of the original gold finish and 100% original leather grip and triple wire. The blade washer is unique to Sauerbier and it holds the etch blade tight. It retains much original frosting, has amazing etching, and is retainer marked S.C. Bunting Jr. Philadelphia.  Bunting acquired swords from a variety of makers, and finding a marked example is extremely rare. The scabbard is original to the saber with brass fitting unique to Sauerbier. This is a rare saber that came out of one of the best know museums of Civil War artifacts. Shipping and Insurance included in this price. $5500.00 ******************************************************************************************************************************
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A132. HIGH-GRADE PRESENTATION EMERSON & SILVER STAFF & FIELD OFFICERS SWORD – 12TH NEW HAMPSHIRE INFANTRY REGIMENT: This is a high-grade, silver hilt, Emerson & Silver presentation sword, presented to Lieutenant Edward L. Shepard of the 12th New Hampshire infantry regiment. The saber is in near mint condition with a German-Silver hilt; 100% original wire; original blade washer; a frosty blade; and a brown scabbard with fancy high-grade mounts.  Shepard must have been a highly respected lieutenant to received such a high-grade staff & field presentation sword. Between the middle mounts the presentation reads.

Presented to

Lieut. E. L. Shepard

by the Members of Co. E 12 th H.N. Vols Point Lookout, Md



Edward L. Shepard enlisted as a Corporal and was meritoriously promoted to Sergeant for heroism on the field of battle at Gettysburg when he and one other soldiers picked up the regimental flags and lead the unit forward while under fire. He would again carry the flag into battle and later promoted to 2nd Lieutenant, and would promote to 1st lieutenant and remain with the unit until the end of the war.  Please read the historical file for details, which will be included as well as a complete copy of the officer's muster sheets and pension file. Presentation swords of this quality are not often seen, especially for a Lieutenant who fought in so many major battles. Shipping & Insurance included! $8900.00


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A135. AMES M1850 FOOT OFFICERS SWORD - MASSACHUSETTS PRESENTATION - POW, ANDERSONVILLE: This is an Ames M1850 Foot Officers presentation sword with a gold washed brass scabbard, which is all original. The hilt is tight with 100% original shark-skin grip and triple strand wire and the original blade washer hold the frosty blade tight. The blade has the script US which was adopted by Ames in 1863. Joseph Emery Fiske enlisted as a Private on August 1862 and made Orderly Sergeant October 7; Company C, 43rd Massachusetts Infantry. The regiment was ordered to Beaufort, North Carolina where he made 1st Sergeant on December 1st and acted as Post Adjutant from 3 December 1862 to 3 March 1863. On 29 May, 1863 he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and transferred to the 2nd Mass Heavy Artillery. He returned to Boston on recruiting duty where he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant and Captain. In December 1863, he was ordered to Norfolk, Virginia and placed in command of Fort O’Rourke from 19 December, 1863 to February 13,1864.  He then transferred to Fort Gray which was built to protect the town of Plymouth, NC.  After General Wessel surrendered the town and after repulsing several attacks, Captain Fiske was compelled to yield and surrendered Fort Gray on 19 April. He was taken prisoner and transported to Andersonville where he was kept prisoner until 29 July, 1864. He would be moved to Savannah, then to Charleston, and finally to Columbia South Carolina. On February 14, 1865 he escaped and reported for duty to General Sherman and was assigned to General F.P. Blair’s staff. He was honorably discharged in 15 May, 1865.

The presentation reads:

Presented to


Capt. J. E. Fiske


Mass 2 Hvy Arty


By the members of his Co. as a token


token of their esteem


Dec. 1863

Ames brass scabbard presentation swords are rare, especially to an officer who was a POW at Andersonville.  Shipping and Insurance included. $4900.00


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A136. NON-REGULATION M1850 STAFF & FIELD OFFICER SWORD: This is a Non-Regulation M1850 Staff & Field Officer sword. The hilt is brass and would have been gold washed, but that is all gone leaving it with a mustard-gold patina. The guard is tight, and the grip is 100% compete shark-skin with original twisted wire. The blade is frosty bright with deep etching, and is Clauberg maker marked with IRON PROOF on the spine and a brass PROVE disk in the blade. The steel scabbard has an even gray patina with brass mounts with some minor pitting spots. Overall, this is a great example of a Non-Regulation M1850 Staff & Field sword with a spread wing flying eagle. Shipping & Insurance included at this price. $1700.00


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A138. BENT & BUSH MARKED NCO - MUSICIAN SWORD, POSSIBLY MARINE CORPS: During the Civil War, the Marine Corps was very small in size compared to the other military services, and Civil War period Marine swords are rare.  Most Marine Corps swords of this period were produced by Horstmann and that company is well known for marking their product. Horstmann had the first contract in early 1859 and the second contract went to Ames in November 1859, and Horstmann got the third contract in 1861. After that, Bent & Bush received all Marine Corps sword contracts for the remainder of the war. This sword may possibly be an example of a sword fabricated by Bent & Bush to meet the contract for the Marine Corps.  To date, it is the only know example of this pattern with a Bent & Bush marked blade. The hilt is originally for a M1860 Staff Officers sword in which Bent & Bush removed all the high relief from the pommel, front shield and guard, and kept the original shark-skin grip, but removed the reverse guard.  The 29 1/2-inch plain blade is Bent & Bush marked and is housed in a black finished metal scabbard with a brass frog-pin top mount and a brass drag. The blade washer is gone resulting in a little wiggle movement of the guard. The sword is designed for an NCO or Musician, and being Bent & Bush marked may be an early attempt by the company to fill the Civil War contract for the Marine Corp or a militia unit. Either way, it is a rare sword. $750.00



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