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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. $2995.00

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. $3500.00

U407.  USMC - M1850 STAFF NCO SWORD, POST CIVIL WAR:  Several collectors have been asking me to find them a nice M1850 Marine Corps sword, but most I have seen were over priced and had condition issues.  Well, I found one with a screaming mint blade and very few condition issues.  This is a post Civil War Marine Corp M1850 Staff NCO sword, which dated to the around the 1870's.  The blade appears to have the correct marks for the Civil War, but the scabbard is from a later period.  This can be narrowed to that time because the scabbard is leather covered metal.  The guard and the scabbard have the matching serial number No. 158.  The guard and pommel cap are tight.  The grip and wire are original with 98% of the bright black leather remaining. The original blade washer has kept the 29 1/2" blade tight.  The blade is in mint condition with 100% original frosting, and W.H. Horstmann marked. Simply the best!  The scabbard is the SNCO design with the frog carry stud.  It is leather covered steel.  Historically, these scabbards did not hold up well and the leather often is falling off or missing.  This one retains 100% of the leather and the front is perfect, but the seam on the reverse shows some separation.  However, it is nearly intact and the best I have seen.  I am offering this at a price several hundred below what other dealers would ask for this sword.  $2400.00

U409.  AMES MILITIA OFFICERS' SWORD, 1840-1847:  This is an Ames Militia Officers' sword, c. 1840-1847. The blade is marked N.P. Ames / Cutler / Springfield.  It has a highly gilt helmet-head pommel, and cross guard with a mother-of-pearl plague grips. The obverse side has two stress fractures, but no breaks.  The reverse side is flawless.  The blade bright has no pitting or nicks.  The scabbard is complete with all mounts, no major dents, and retains 98% original gilt.  Simply a beautiful sword, which will displays exceptionally well in any collection! $1825.00

U437.  MARINE CORPS OFFICERS' MAMELUKE SWORD, REGULATION OF 1825:   This is an early Marine Officers' Mameluke sword, which conforms to the regulations of 1825.  Most like it falls between the mid 1820's - 1830's.  The regulation of April 26, 1825 called for "a plan brass scabbard sword or saber, with a Mameluke hilt of White Ivory & gold tassels; extreme length of sword, three feet one inch & a half, curve of blade half an inch only ... the hilt in length (which included in the extreme length of the sword) four inches & three quarters ... width of blade one inch."   The reference to the hilt and star shape rivets being brass, and the acorn finials came in a later regulation.  Other early Marine Mameluke swords have been found with globular finals.  Additionally, many Marine Officers purchased their swords prior to approval of the Mameluke.

This sword has the plan brass scabbard for a pipe-back(quillback) blade, which would date it to the early 1830's when the US firstused a pipe-back blade on the 1833 Dragoon saber.  The extreme length is three feet one inch & and a half with a curved blade of an inch as per regulation.  The hilt matches regulations at four inches & three quarters with globular finals associated with earlier versions, and the blade is the prescribed 1 inch width. $2898.00

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. $4350.00

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!! $5198.00

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!!$3998.00

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! $4098.00

U493.  HIGH-GRADE, PRESENTATION QUALITY SABER PURCHASED FOR COL. JACOB P. GOULD:  This is a recently discovered High-Grade, Presentation quality saber purchased by the soldiers of the 13th Massachusetts Infantry for their commanding officer as a gift when he left the unit to accept a promotion to Colonel of the 59th Massachusetts Infantry. Historical reference of the sword as a gift is well documented in the 13th Mass. unit history, but it existence was only discovered when the throat mount of thissword was recently removed. Underneath the top mount was etched the name "J.P.Gould 59th Mass", and "Col Gould 59th Mass.", it is not scratched in, but etched.  This was a common practice by many retailers when building a sword for a customer.  

The sword is a high-grade Clauberg Staff & Field saber with a silver fish-scale grip,a fancy pommel, and fancy guard.  The blade is mint with much original frosting.  The scabbard is German silver with great fancy mounts, and a high-grade drag.  The sword was retained by Palmer & Bachelder, Boston, and they most likely etched Gould's name on the scabbard as they built the sword.

When I started doing research on Col. Gould, I came across a web-site dedicated to the13th Mass. Infantry. That site is managed by a Mr. Brad Forbush.  He has been documenting the history of that unit and Col. J. P. Gould.  He has compiled such a detained history of Col. J.P. Gould that there are several hundred pages of information, much more than can be included on this page.  I have also obtained a complete copy of Gould's military record, and he waspresent on several of the major battlefields of the Civil War. 

The following is a brief description of his history:

At the breaking out of the Civil War, J.P. Gould organized and drilled the companyknown as the "Grey Eagles," which afterwards became Company G. 13th  Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteers, in which regiment, he was commissioned, major, July 16, 1861.  His appointment as major was at first received unfavorably by the majority of his regiment, but they soon learned to love and respect him for his soldierly qualities and noble traits, and he soon earned for himself the soubriquet of the "fighting major."  He resigned his commission as major, April 21, 1864, and was commissioned colonel of the 59th Massachusetts Volunteers. After the battle of the Wilderness, he was taken sick and did not take the command of his regiment again. Upon his return to duty in June, 1864, he was assigned to the command of the brigade and acted as brigadier-general until relieved by General Bartlett, on the evening of July 29, 1864. Although relieved of his command, yet the next morning, he again took the field, commanding the left of the brigade in the charge at the mine explosion in front of Petersburg, Va., where he received the wound, which proved fatal.  During his service, he was engaged in the following battles; Second Battle of Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Petersburg, Weldon Railroad, Poplar Spring Church, Hatcher’s Run, and the Mine Explosion.

He was wounded, July 30, 1864 at the Mine Explosion and sent to City Point Hospital, where it was found necessary to amputate a leg, on account of a compound fracture of the left knee joint, caused by a bullet wound.  He was transferred to Officer’s Hospital at Philadelphia, Penn., where he arrived August 20th, suffering greatly from the effects of the amputation.  On the following morning a large artery burst in the wound, and although the bleeding was soon checked, he had not strength to recover from the shock, but gradually sank away, and died August 21, 1864.  

In the following letter Charles Adams mentions a presentation sword the boys intended to purchase for popular Major Jacob Parker Gould. (In 1864, Gould earned his Colonel's commission and left the 13th to command his own regiment, the 59th Mass. Vols. Several men left with him to become officers in the 59th.) Although appreciative of the boy’s intentions, Major Gould declined the subscription and instead suggested the boys place the cash into a fund to help the wounded men of the regiment, where it would do more good.

Charles Adams to Dear Sister, 27 February, 1863; Charles Adams Papers,

Camp near Belle Plain Va March 27th 1863

The boys have started a subscription paper to present our Major (J P Gould) with a splendid sword, to be bought at Tiffany Bros N. York. We like the Major better than any other officer in the regiment. He used to be captain of a Stoneham company.

This is an amazing sword, and one identifed as being purchased as a gift for a highly respected combat officers with a great military history.  Included will be a copy of Col. Gould's military records, and a binder with all historical documentation. Truly a one-of-a-kind sword!  $9,500.00

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.  Personally, I love finding swords like this…can you hear it speak?   I sure can!  $2399.00

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.  $848.00

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: $2898.00

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

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.  $3500.00

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. $4500.00

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. $3875.00

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! $4200.00

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.  $3550.00

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.  $3575.00

U544.M1850 FOOT/ARTILLERY OFFICER'S SWORD with EARLY 1800’S BLADE: This is a unique and rare variant of the M1850 Foot Officer's sword in that it has an early 1800's blade with a huge curve.  The standard M1850 foot officer hilt is in outstanding condition with greater than 90% original gold wash, and 100% original black leather and triple wire. The early 1800's blade is held tight in place with the original red felt blade washer. The 33 inch near-mint condition blade has an 11 inch blue field with gold etching of the American eagle and HONOR AND MY COUNTRY, and the remainder of the blade is as bright as the day it was made with no nicks or dings.  The original leather scabbard is strong with all original mounts, but has an open back seam from the middle mount to the drag. This is normal for its age and does not detract. I know of two other similar swords that exist. I speculate that a retailer such as Horstmann & Sons had extra blades in inventory and mounted them on the M1850 hilt early in the war due to the limited supply of blades and the high demand for officer sword as states and Federal governments gear up for war. This sword has been hidden away in a private collection and only was discovered recently making it fresh to the market.  It has never been seen on another web-site and is being made available to the public for the first time. If you are looking for a unique Foot Officer’s sword from the Civil War, this is it.

U545. M1850 STAFF & FIELD OFFICER'S SWORD: This is the version of the M1850 Staff & Field Officer's without the US in the guard.  It is often misidentified as a Foot Officer's sword; however, the guard is larger and conforms to the regulation for the Staff & Field sword.  This one is a Clauberg made sword, but retailed by Boker New York City, which is marked on the top of the pommel cap. The hilt is tight and has a nice even mustard colored patina, and the grip is 100% original shark-skin and triple wire. The quillon has a great design and sits higher then most other examples. The frosty blade has great etching with the American eagle and US, and it is unsharpened; nick and rust free with no dark spots.  Even the point is sharp, and it is Clauberg maker marked with IRON PROOF on the top of the blade.  The scabbard is in mint condition with no dings or dents, and has a deep rich brown patina, just the way you want to find them! $1575.00

U549.  MINT - AMES M1850 FOOT OFFICER'S SWORD: 1861 DATED & INSPECTED:  This is a rare find! An 1861 dated and inspected Ames M1850 Foot Officer's sword in mint condition. The condition on this sword is amazing with 100% gold wash on all metal parts, 100% shark-skin grip and wire, and a frosty mint blade.  In fact, the sword is so bright that it is difficult to photograph because of the reflection. The blade is double Ames marked with the one side having the etched manufacture mark and the other the Ames scroll, which is always on this early sword, and inspection marked U.S. - A.D.K. – 1861.  The scabbard is the best I have seen with no breaks and very little crazing, and original mounts with all screws and 100% gold wash. It will be difficult finding a better example!

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. $975.00

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. $3100.00


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