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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. $27.00

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U387.  M1840 CAVALRY OFFICERS' SABER, PA 21st CAVALRY:  This saber came out of Pennsylvania and is believed to have belonged to George Montgomery Fleming. He initially enlisted in the 137th PA infantry and promoted to Quarter Master Sergeant and transferred to the 21st PA Cavalry and rose to the rank of 1st Lieutenant & Quartermaster. His initial G M F are scratched in the underside of the guard. The condition and style of the sword correspond to his service. A search of the Civil War Data Base shows only one match for these initials for an officer in the cavalry.

The saber is a classic M1840 Cavalry Officers' saber in near-mint condition with a little wear.  The quillion adornment has a radiating fan near the top edge, the two branches have a laurel leaf cast design, and the pommel cap has the regulation Phrygian helmet pattern. The grip is shark-skin with braded wire. The hilt is tight and retains generous amounts of original gold wash, and the mint 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 throat, suspension rings and drag are high-quality brass, and the ring mounts have a heavy brass center band with a raised-line border and are friction fitted.  The scallop cut drag is the same design as the bands but secured with a screw.  This is an excellent example of a M1840 Cavalry Officers' saber believed to have been carried by Lt. George Montgomery Fleming, but is only priced for the condition of the saber. $2900.00

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U494. CLAUBERG CAVALRY OFFICER'S SABER with GERMAN SILVER HILT & SCABBARD: This is a high-grade/presentation quality sword, which shows evidence of being carried into battle.  It is a Clauberg product and shows the quality for which they are known.  The brass has taken on a 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 or a fall by the rider. The original blade washer holds the 35 1/2-inch blade tight. The blade has an even gray patina, which enhances the blades superb etching. The German silver scabbard retains its original wood liners which keeps the blade from rattling.  All the mounts are complete with original screws and have beautiful chase work! The scabbard alone is worth $1200.00 by itself. $1600.00

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U564. NON-REGULATION MODEL 1821 SWORD: This is a Non-Regulation Model 1821 sword, which could be carried by an infantry or artillery officers. It is unmarked but most likely a Clauberg made sword. The original leather grip is 99% complete with original wire. The blade is mint and frosty with a deeply etched American eagle and U.S. and is perfect. The steel scabbard is dent free and fits tight to the sword.  This is a great example of the M1821 sword. $895.00

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U627. T- MARKED, M1850 FOOT OFFICERS SWORD by P. (PHILLIP) H. TUSKA: T-marked blades once thought to be a Tomes product were in fact made by P. (Phillip) H. Tuska. Tuska was a military outfitter in New York City for 2-years: 1861-1863. This makes this an early and rare Civil War sword. All Tuska M1850 Foot Officer swords have identical features to include a black leather grip with triple-wire; “T” marked blade; a large eagle with a turned down beak and unwarded turned wings; and US vertical to the blade. The scabbard leather body is like that made by Ames or Roby. The hilt is tight with 100% original leather and wire; the white leather washer keeps the 31-inch blade tight, and the blade retains light original frosting and deep etching. The scabbard fits tight, has all original mounts with some minor leather lose and crazing. Rare but affordable. $1100.00

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U636. SAUERBIER - M1850 FOOT OFFICERS SWORD: This is a Sauerbier M1850 Foot Officers sword. It has all the distinct features found on a Sauerbier sword: a unique pommel cap screw; an unstopped fuller; a standard guard design with a US in the center; a chased-worked pommel cap; a leather grip with triple strand wire; and a large U. S. in block-style lettering. The etched blade is a little dark with a salt & pepper patina that makes the etching pop! The metal scabbard is dent free and has a distinct Sauerbier drag. $1575.00

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U651. USS ENTERPRISE - AMES M1860 NAVAL CUTLASS SWORD: This is an Ames M1860 Naval Cutlass complete with its original scabbard. The hilt is tight with 90% original leather and no wire, which is common, and period red paint. It has rack number 9M 799 on the inside of the guard; stamped 2 over 11 on the guard’s front, and a 9 above 11 on the pommel cap. On the bow of the guard is stamped ENTERPRISE. The blade is Ames marked (faint) and dates 1862, but no inspection. The leather blade washer may be original or a period replacement, and the blade has a pleasing gray patina. The scabbard is original and fits the blade and has all original rivets and the bottom is intact with its large disk-rivet. Naval Cutlasses attributed to the USS Enterprise are extremely rare. This was discovered in an old collection in New Mexico. It has an appraised value of $3000.00 and there is one other for sale at that price. However, this is available at a discount. $1900.00

The fifth USS Enterprise, a barque-rigged screw sloop, was launched 13 June 1874 at Portsmouth Navy YardKittery, MaineUS, by John W. Griffiths, a private contractor; and commissioned 16 March 1877, Commander George C. Remey in command. She was later commanded by Bowman H. McCalla around 1890, followed by Commander Albert S. Barker from 1892-1896

Overview

Enterprise's first duty after fitting out at Norfolk, Virginia, took her to the mouth of the Mississippi River for surveying operations. Returning to Norfolk in April 1878, she remained there only briefly, sailing 27 May for surveying duty up the Amazon and Madeira Rivers. On 1 October 1878 off the coast of ParáBrazil, Seaman Thomas Smith rescued a fellow sailor from drowning, for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor.[1] This surveying duty completed, she repaired at New York City, then in December 1878 joined the U.S. naval forces in European waters, calling at numerous ports in northern Europe and in the Mediterranean. She returned to the Washington Navy Yard on 9 May 1880 and was placed out of commission.

Recommissioned on 12 January 1882, she cruised the east coast until 1 January 1883 when she sailed on a three-year hydrographic survey that took her completely around the world. During this time, she was commanded by Albert S. Barker. Her findings on this cruise added materially to the knowledge of the oceans, their currents, and their bottoms. During the journey she was a neutral witness of the Battle of Fuzhou on 23 August 1884 during the Sino-French WarEnterprise was decommissioned at New York on 21 March 1886.

Placed back in commission on 4 October 1887, Enterprise sailed from Boston in January 1888 for two years in the waters of Europe, the Mediterranean, and the east coast of Africa, where she showed the flag and looked out for United States' interests. She returned to New York in March 1890 and was decommissioned on 20 May.

Enterprise was again commissioned 8 July 1890, and for the next year operated principally in the Caribbean. From September 1891 until September 1892, she served as training and practice ship at the United States Naval AcademyAnnapolis, Maryland. On 17 October 1892 at Boston, she was lent to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for duty as a school ship at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. In that capacity she trained cadets for some 17 years (the current MMA training ship was named USTS Enterprise' in honor of her until the name was changed to USTS Kennedy). Returned to the Navy on 4 May 1909, Enterprise was sold on 1 October 1909. The hulk was burned for salvage near Boston in 1910.

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U691. HORSTMANN STAFF & FIELD SWORD, HEAVILY CURVED BLADE: This Horstmann Staff & Field sword has a blade curvature which is excessive and closer to a cavalry or artillery blade design. The hilt design is the standard regulation Staff & Field with a sharkskin grip and double strand wire with straight side wires. It is held tight with the original red felt blade washer. The blade is minty; has the Horstmann retailer marks on both side of the blade; and a fancy etched pattern, which are commonly void of any Eagle or US mark. Often these swords are found with a blue steel scabbard; however, this one is with a rare leather scabbard, which is solid with no breaks and has all the original mounts. $1975.00

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U692. ROBY M1850 STAFF & FIELD SWORD: This is a Roby Model 1850 Staff & Field sword with its original brown metal scabbard. This sword shows evidence of being carried, but not abused. The hilt has a little movement, has traces of original gold wash, and has 100% original sharkskin grip and triple-strand wire. The Roby marked blade has a gray patina with original frosting, nice etching with evidence of period sharpening. The scabbard is bent and rust free, is Roby marked, and retains all original mounts and screws.  $1875.00

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U699. M1850 STAFF & FIELD SWORD - EMERSON & SILVER: This M1850 Staff & Field sword was made by Emerson & Silver, Trenton N.J., and is in great condition with a near-mint blade. If you have been looking for a sword from the Civil War years, this fits the bill because they only were in operation between the years 1860-1865. The sword has a tight hilt with original shark-skin grip and triple wire. The blade is tight with original light etching and much frosting. Emerson & Silver blades are known for light etching and when you find one this nice, it is exciting. The scabbard is browned steel with original mounts. All the brass has a pleasing patina. These are much rarer the Ames and Horstmann swords and hard to find. $2375.00

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U704. 1862 DATED - M1850 FOOT OFFICER’S SWORDS: This M1850 Foot Officer’s sword is unique because it was assembled and retailed in New York City by the silversmith Fellows & Co. It is a high-quality sword with a Collins 1862 dated blade and has very detailed etching. The hilt and pommel cap are attractive with traces of gold wash and a nice patina. The shark skin grip and wire are original and 100% complete. The red felt blade washer keeps the 31-inch blade tight. The blade is stamped Collins made and dated 1862 and etched Fellows & Co New York. It is frosty with strong etching to include: US, an eagle with an E Pluribus Unum ribbon, “In Union there is Strength” and “Liberty or Death.” The blade was never sharpened and is nick free. The metal scabbard has a nice brown patina and retains its fancy mounts. Simply a beautiful look sword! $2475.00

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U719. NEW HAMSHIRE GROUPING BELONGING TO LIEUTENANT COLONEL HAWKES FEARING., JR:  This unique Civil War grouping is identified to Lieutenant Colonel Hawkes Fearing., Jr. 8th New Hampshire. It includes a high-quality presentation grade Clauberg saber, and a wooded shield plaque with items belonging to Colonel Fearing., Jr. The Clauberg saber is in near-mint condition retaining much original gold wash, a German Silver grip with all original wire, and a bright frosty blade. The scabbard retains all original mounts and has a deep dark brown patina. From top to bottom, the plaque has a GAR 1891 dated New Hampshire medal; a set of field spurs compete with original leather straps; an 8th New Hampshire officers cap badge with a cavalry button; left & right Civil War colonel shoulder boards; a gold colored cross and chain; an officers belt buckle and a piece of and officers sword hanger. On the back side of the plaque there are several period newspaper articles on Colonel Fearing. On the reverse side of each shoulder board there is a period piece of paper with Fearing’s name. This grouping was in a collection in the Boston area and is believed to have belonged to the descendants of Colonel Fearing.

Lieutenant Colonel Hawkes Fearing., Jr. Civil War Union Army Officer. He was commissioned as Lieutenant Colonel of the three-month enlistment 4th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry on April 22, 1861 and served until its muster out on July 22, 1861. He was then given command of the newly-raised 8th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry, being commissioned its Colonel and commander on September 25, 1861. The regiment participated in operations in Louisiana as part of the XIX Army Corps, with Colonel Fearing directing it in a number of engagements (he received a leg wound at Fort Bisland, Louisiana on April 13, 1863 He then commanded the XIX Corps's 2nd Brigade of the 3rd Division from May to August, 1863. In December 1863 the 8th New Hampshire were assigned horses and were re-designated as the 2nd New Hampshire Volunteer Cavalry. Colonel Fearing continued to lead the regiment in its new duties until January 17, 1865, when his enlistment expired, and he was honorably mustered out. After the end of the conflict he served in the Massachusetts State Legislature, and passed away in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1908 at the age of 81.

This is a great grouping identified to the commanding officers of a New Hampshire Civil War Infantry/Cavalry unit complete with a binder full of historical information. $7750.00

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U729. 152nd NEW YORK INFANTRY REGIMENT IDENTIFIED OFFICERS SWORD: This sword is identified to Captain William R. Wall, v. He is the only Union officer with this name on record. He was 24 at the time of enlistment on 9/20/1862 at Mohawk, NY as a Captain. On 11/3/1862 he was commissioned into "D" Co. NY 152nd Infantry and was discharged on 1/10/1863 for an enlistment just over 3 months. During his service, the regiment left the state and served in the Provisional Brigade, Abercrombie’s Division, in the defense of Washington: October 1862 in the District of Washington. This short stay of service accounts for the high-quality condition of the sword. The hilt is the large version Foot Officers style with 100% original shark-skin grip and double-strand wire. The blade is Collins and dated 1862, with retailer mark Schuyler Hartley & Graham, New York. This blade is mint with original frosting, with the spread eagle and one side with U S n the other. The scabbard is strong with some crazing and a little leather lose most likely for a door ding. The mounts look great with the name Wm. R Wall on the reverse side of the top throat piece.  $2175.00

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IDENTIFIED - 176TH PENNSYLVANIA VOLUNTEER MILITIA M1850 FOOT OFFICERS SWORD

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U741. AMES – M1852 NAVAL OFFICER SWORD: This Ames M1852 Naval Officers is a great example of the sword carried by Naval Officers during the Civil War. The hilt retains 98%++ original gold wash; the grip and wire are 100% original and tight; the original white buff leather is complete; and the blade has strong etching and good amount of original frosting.  It is not mint, but Fine ++. The scabbard is complete with all original mounts, which retain 98%++ gold wash. The leather is strong with expected crazing and normal wear.  If just a little better, this would be a $3000.00 sword; however, it is not. Yet, it is a great sword for a reasonable price. $2275.00

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U742. SAUERBIER PLAIN HILT, TYPE-1 ENLISTED CAVALRY SABER: This is a rare enlisted saber. The blade is unmarked; however, the saber and scabbard have the classic hilt profile, thick guard, spanner nut and blade fuller unique to Sauerbier. The steel scabbard has a brass throat and thick ramped steel drag. This blade washer is original to the sword and the grip is 100% original leather with double-strand brass wire. Overall this in an excellent example of a infrequently found saber. $1375.00

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U743. M1850 STAFF & FIELD SWORD, HIGH-GRADE, CAMP-SCENE ETCHED BLADE: This high-grade, Camp-scene etched blade is very unique.  The pommel cap, guard and all scabbard mounts have a deep copper color patina. The hilt is tight and the grip has 100% original shark-skin and double-stand wire. The original white buff leather blade washer holds the blade tight. The blade shows wear and has some pitting and the etching is weak, but exceptional with a Zouave soldier holding an eagle; a soldier on horseback with a sword; a soldier standing guard with his rifle; and a camp scene with tents, soldiers drilling, soldiers sitting and reading the paper and is dated 1862. The metal scabbard is dent free complete with all the mounts, which all have very detail chase work. $1975.00

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U744. HIGH-GRADE PRESENTATION NON-REGULATION STAFF & FIELD SWORD - COL.WILLIAM W. MCKIM - ASSISTANT QUARTERMASTER U.S.A.: William W. McKim was commissioned by President Lincoln, assistant quartermaster, United States Volunteers, with rank of captain, Aug. 3, 1861, and was transferred to the regular army, same rank and corps, July 6, 1864. He was on duty at Boston as chief quartermaster, U.S.A., for the New England States, except Vermont and Connecticut, from August, 1861, to August, 1864, equipping United States troops, providing quarters and all supplies pertaining to the quartermaster's department, transporting troops and supplies, constructing barracks and hospitals, and in charge of all details not especially assigned to any other corps of the army..........He was brevetted major, lieutenant-colonel, and colonel, U.S.A., March 13, 1865, " for faithful and meritorious services during the war," having been constantly employed, without a leave of absence, charged with important and arduous duties, including financial disbursements of many millions of dollars. He resigned March 8, 1866.

The sword has a 31-inch slightly curved blade marked IRON PROOF on the back ofthe blade; an etched ornate spread-wing eagle with shield; and US and foliatescroll. The hilt is a Non-Regulation design with an eagle perched on a shield.

PRESENTED

TO

CAPT. WM W. MCKIM

ASSISTANT/ QUARTERMASTER U.S.A.

BY

NATHL MCKAY

OF BOSTON

MAY 10TH AD 1862

The swords condition is excellent! The blade and etching are bright with minorspotting near tip and etching area. The hilt retains 98% of the gilt and thegrip and wrapping are excellent. The silver scabbard is dent free; has a rainbow patina that is amazing and is etched with an eagle and a foliate scroll.  I have seen similar scabbard etching on Sauerbier and Tiffany scabbards; however, the blade is unmarked and the maker and retailer is unknow. The sword comes a 30 page binder completed with McKim’s muster sheets and other historical records. $5500.00

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U747.   SAUERBIER M1850 FOOT OFFICERS SWORD:  This M1850 Foot Officers sword made by Sauerbier from New Jersey and though it is unmarked, it has the distinct features associated with Sauerbier: the screw attaching the guard to the pommel cap; the unstopped fuller; the pommel cap nut, the etching style and the scabbard mounts.  The guard is the design with the small US in the center and it is tight with no movement. The pommel cap has additional chase-work; the leather grip has a little wear, but 100% triple-strand wire. The leather blade washer holds the blade tight. Also, it is frosty with outstanding etching to include Lady Justice holding a scale above her head and a large US on one side and military motif to with cross cannons, which could indicate the sword was for an artillery officer. The leather scabbard has mounts unique to Sauerbier and is compete and in outstanding condition. $1450.00

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U748.  SAUERBIER MADE - MINTZ RETAILED M1850 FOOT OFFICER SWORD – PENNSYLVANIA PRESENTATION:  This M1850 Foot Officers sword was made by Sauerbier from New Jersey and though it does not have a maker name it has several features to include the grips shape and size, and the unstop fuller design unique to Sauerbier. It does have a retailer mark: MINTZ PHILDa. The grip and wire are 100% original. The hilt is tight with no movement and the blade washer keep the sword tight. The etching is tired but legible. The scabbard is complete with all original brass mounts and the presentation on the throat piece.

Presented to

CaptCharles C Conley

CoF 133d Penn’a V

July4, 1862

Records show that Captain Charles C Conley was a member ofthe Pennsylvania 8th Regiment Militia Infantry, which was a called into service September 4, 1862, to repel Lee's invasion of Maryland and disbanded September 24, 1862. He also appears of the roaster for the Pennsylvanian 33rd Infantry Regiment (4th PA Reserve Infantry). Captain Conley’s name does not appear of the roster for the 133rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Regiment; however, that is not unusual because records. for Militia units where not always complete and Civil War records are incomplete. $1675.00

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U752. EMERSON & SILVER, RISING PHOENIX - SILVER HILT S&F SWORD, STEEL SCABBARDThis Emerson & Silver, rising Phoenix hilt with a silver hilt is a difficult sword to find, and is often missing from many collections. This example has a heavier guard then those with a leather scabbard. The sword shows evidence of being carried with light wear to the scabbard and a small nick on the blade, which was period sharpened. The rising Phoenix hilt was produced by two New Jersey sword makers: Emerson & Silver and Sauerbier. Of the two, Emerson & Silver made a heavier brass guard. The hilt is tight, the German silver grip retains the original wire, and the leather blade washer keeps the etched blade tight. The blade is maker marked Emerson & Silver Trenton NJ, has the trade mark Keystone stamp, and etched with a slanted US. The scabbard is 100% complete with original finish and mounts. The mounts have outstanding chase work to include US on the throat piece. $2800.00

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U757. SAUERBIER – NON-REGULATION STAFF & FIELD OFFICERS SWORD,  ID’ED 15th CONNECTICUT INFANTRY:  This is a Sauerbier Non-Regulation Staff & Field sword attributed to 1ST Lieutenant Marshall C. Augur, 15th Connecticut Infantry. His initials “MCA” are etched into the pommel cap disk. He is the only match for a Union Staff & Field officer in the data-base. He was commission into “A” 15th Connecticut Infantry on 8/25/1862, promoted to Quartermaster 9/1/1863 and died of yellow fever 10/11/1864.  I have not yet pulled his military records from the National Archived. The sword is Sauerbier made with a Non-Regulation brass hilt and German Silver grip with double-strand brass wire. The pommel cap disk with the Initials “MCA” looks to be nickel and have a nice even patina. The pommel cap, like the guard, has outstanding chase work, is missing the top inlay. This was either the same material as the disk or mother-of-pearl.  The blade has a deep gray patina as a result of no scabbard. It is Sauerbier maker marked and etched with US and an E. Pluribus Unum banner. More research may yield additional history, and the addition of a pommel-cap inlay will greatly increase the value of this unique sword. $1300.00

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U758. SAUERBIER M1850 STAFF & FIELD SWORD: This is a Sauerbier M1850 Staff & Field sword. This sword shows evidence of being carried, but not abused. The hilt it tight with 100% original leather and triple-strand wire and traced of gold wash, and the original blade washer keeps the blade tight. The blade is Sauerbier maker marks and have very nice etching and some original frosting with no nicks or rust. The original scabbard has a gray-light brown patina and all original mounts and it did its job of protecting the blade. $2500.00

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U761. AMES M1850 FOOT OFFICER’S SWORD: This is an Ames M1850 Foot Officer’s sword complete with the original leather scabbard. The hilt still has a good amount of gold wash on the guard, but not on the pommel cap. The grip has some shrinkage but is 100% original shark skin with double-strand twisted wire. The original white buff blade washer keeps the sword tight. The blade is bright and shows much original frosting with no nicks but pitting at the base. This pitting is due to moister from exposure at the top of the scabbard. The Ames maker mark is hard to read, but with magnification you can make out some of the letters. The original scabbard is complete with all mounts and original screws strong but has crazing. The top mount is Ames maker marked.$1150.00

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U765. AMES M1852 NAVAL OFFICERS SWORD – WOOD LINED SCABBARD: This Ames M1852 Naval Officers’ sword has a few unique characteristics not seen in many other version of Ames naval swords. It has twisted brass Dragoon wire, and a leather covered wood scabbard.  The hilt is tight with much original gold wash and a nice mellow patina. The grip is 100% white shark skin with all original dragoon wire. The white-buff leather washer keeps the nicely etched blade tight. The original blade frosting is gone, but the Ames maker mark is strong and very large. The rest of the etching is strong to include the perched eagle, ribbon USN, fouled ropes and anchors. The scabbard is rare! It is leather covered wood, which has some expected flacking, but has all the original mounts. $1595.00

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U770.  AMES M1850 STAFF & FIELD SWORD. This is an early Ames M1850 Staff & Field sword complete with its original scabbard. The hilt and pommel cap are tight and the grip is 100% original sharkskin and double twisted wire. Traces of original gold wash is present. The blade washer is complete and holds the blade tight. The blade has much original frosting with some area of surface pitting and wear along the blades high points. The US is the early block-letter design and is strong as is the Ames maker marks. The scabbard is the blue steel version complete with all original mounts. Overall, a great sword. $2900.00

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U774b. NON-REGULATION BRASS HILT STAFF & FIELD SWORD: This is a Non-Regulation brass hilt Staff & Field sword and shows wear from being carried. This hilt is tight with 90% original shark-skin grip and 100% original twisted wire. The hilt is slightly bent, which adds to its character. The original blade washer is present. The blade is tired with faint etching, but it is all there. Also, there are several nicks, but no rust or pitting. The scabbard fits tight to the blade; is dark with its original finish, is missing the throat piece, and the drag has separated from the body but is firm in place.  This style sword was carried by many Union State officers. It is priced below market value. $575.00

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U774c. CLAUBERG NON-REGULATION BRASS HILT STAFF & FIELD SWORD: This is a Clauberg made Non-Regulation brass hilt Staff & Field sword. The grip is 100% original shark-skin with triple-stand wire and is tight. The blade has all the original etching with light frosting and is Clauberg maker marked with a little pitting. The scabbard shows traces of GAR gold paint, which was previously removed showing a gray scabbard with areas of brown patina. Overall a nice sword as a reasonable price. $675.00

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U777. MANSFIELD & LAMB – M1860 CAVALRY SABER, 1864: This is a Mansfield & Lamb M1860 Cavalry saber inspection dated 1864. The hilt is tight with a nice patina; the grip retains 95% original brown leather with the wood showing where worn, and the original wire is tight. The blade is tight with the original leather washer and is nick free and never sharpened. It is Mansfield & Lamb and inspection marked US/JM/1864. The scabbard is original, but was post-war nickel plated, which is mostly gone. This is priced will below market value. $675.00

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U780. AMES – M1850 FOOT OFFICER’S SWORD: This is an Ames M1850 Foot Officer’s sword complete with the original leather scabbard. The hilt still has a good amount of gold wash on the guard and traces on the pommel cap. The grip is 100% original shark skin with original double-strand twisted wire with a tight seam on the bottom. The original white buff blade washer keeps the sword tight. The blade is bright; shows much original frosting with no nicks or pitting and never sharpened. There is some discoloration on the top of the spine, but no pitting. The Ames maker mark is light but readable and the etching is strong with much frosting with a script US. The original scabbard is complete with all mounts and original screws strong and in great shape with light crazing. The top mount is Ames maker marked. $1600.00

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U782. SAUERBIER M1850 STAFF & FIELD SWORD – MOTHER-OF-PEARL INLAYS. This is a Sauerbier M1850 Staff & Field sword with Mother-of-Pearl inlays in the pommel cap. As with other Sauerbier swords this was a very fancy piece. From the amount of wear, it is obvious this was carried and saw some action. If it could only speak. The hilt is tight with great chase work on the guard and pommel cap. The cap has a mother-of-pearl inlay on top and a large one in the heal, which is embellished with 12 stars. The blade is a little tired and the etching is faint, but it is there, and are no nicks or pitting. The scabbard is very fancy with high-end mounts. $2695.00

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U783. AMES MODEL 1840 ARTILLERY OFFICERS’ SABER - TYPE 2: This saber walk into the Wheaton Show on Saturday. It is an Ames Model 1840 Artillery Officers’ Saber and is one of the rarest Civil War sabers and may be one of the 20 the Ordnance Department purchased near the end of the Civil War because the guard and scabbard drag are inspected, or it could be private purchased. The guard and pommel cap are the standard M1840 Artillery saber design without the fancy design, but the guard is inspection marked J.C.W. The pommel cap and tang have not been disturbed, which indicates that the blade is original to the sword. The grip is high-grade ray skin with double-strand twisted brass wire. The blade is Ames marked “Ames Mfg Co Chicopee Mass” with US an eagle and Tecumseh with a raised tomahawk. The blade washer is original and hold the blade tight. The steel scabbard fits perfectly to the blade and is a design similar to a known example minus some of the embellishments with its brass throat piece, brass mounts and brass rings. The drag is steel and inspected A.D.K.  The presence of these inspection marks indicated these parts were looked at by the Ordinance Department increasing the likelihood this was a government purchased saber. $7500.00

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U784. ISLAND NO.10 SIDE KNIFE: This side knife is from the Battle of Island Number 10. It may have been carried by one of the islands Confederate defenders, but I suspect it belong to a Union Sailor assigned to one of the many vessels involved in the assault.  This knife is 10 inches with a 4-inch carved ivory grip complete with the brown leather sheath. The knife is tight with a steel guard and a brass butt-plate. The carved grip says: ISLAND or the right side and NO. 10 on the left and has cross-hatch carving on both sides. This is a rare and unique Civil War knife tied to the battle forIsland No. 10. $1995.00

 

The Battle of Island Number Ten was an engagement at the New Madrid or Kentucky Bend on the Mississippi River during the American Civil War, lasting from February 28 to April 8, 1862. The position, an island at the base of a tight double turn in the course of the river, was held by the Confederates from the early days of the war. It was an excellent site to impede Union efforts to invade the South by the river, as ships had to approach the island bows on and then slow to make the turns. For the defenders, however, it had an innate weakness in that it depended on a single road for supplies and reinforcements. If an enemy force managed to cut that road, the garrison would be isolated and eventually be forced to surrender.

 

Union forces began the siege in March 1862, shortly after the Confederate Army abandoned their position at Columbus, Kentucky. The Union Army of the Mississippi under Brigadier General John Pope, made the first probes, coming overland through Missouri and occupying the town of Point Pleasant, Missouri, almost directly west of the island and south of New Madrid. Pope's army then moved north and soon brought siege guns to bear on New Madrid. The Confederate commander, Brig. Gen. John P. McCown, decided to evacuate the town after only one day of heavy bombardment, moving most of his troops to Island No. 10, abandoning his heavy artillery and most of his supplies.

 

Two days after the fall of New Madrid, Union gunboats and mortar rafts sailed downstream to attack Island No. 10. Over the next three weeks, the island's defenders and forces in the nearby supporting batteries were subjected to a steady bombardment by the flotilla, mostly carried out by the mortars. At the same time, the Union forces at New Madrid were digging a canal across the neck of land east of the town to bypass Island No. 10. Several transports were sent to the Army of the Mississippi when the canal was finished, which provided the army with a way to cross the river and attack the Confederate troops on the Tennessee side.

 

Pope persuaded Flag Officer Andrew Hull Foote to send a gunboat past the batteries, to assist him in crossing the river by keeping off any Southern gunboats and suppressing Confederate artillery fire at the point of attack. The USS Carondelet, under Commander Henry Walke, slipped past the island on the night of April 4, 1862. This was followed by the USS Pittsburg, under Lieutenant Egbert Thompson two nights later. With the support of these two gunboats, Pope was able to move his army across the river and trap the Confederates opposite the island, who by now were trying to retreat. Outnumbered at least three to one, the Confederates realized their situation was hopeless and decided to surrender.

 

At about the same time, the garrison on the island surrendered to Flag Officer Foote and the Union flotilla.

 

The Union victory marked the first time the Confederate Army lost a position on the Mississippi River in battle. The river was now open to the Union Navy as far as Fort Pillow, a short distance above Memphis. Only three weeks later, New Orleans fell to a Union fleet led by David G. Farragut, and the Confederacy was in danger of being cut in two along the line of the river.

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U785. AMES M1850 STAFF & FIELD SWORD, HIGH-GRADE: This is an example of a special-order Ames M1850 Staff & Field sword. Its condition is extremely minty with 100% of its shark-skin grip and wire, gold wash and frosty mint special etched blade. The etching is much different then the standard pattern often seen, and the scabbard throat piece is void of the standard Ames marking. The scabbard also has 100 % gold and the body of the scabbard has a deep blue patina finish.  If you are looking for a mint example of an Ames M1850 Staff & Field sword, this is it! $3300.00

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U786.  HIGH-GRADE – PRESENTATION QUALITY M1850 STAFF & FIELD SWORD. This is a high-grade, presentation quality M1850 Staff & Field sword which conforms to the style produced by Clauberg. The hilt retains 99% original gold wash and is tight. The shark-skin grip is 99% compete with a little lose by the pommel cap and the triple-strand wire is complete. The 32-inch blade is bright and frosty with shape etching and Iron Proof on the top of the spine and a brass PROVE button. The scabbard is German silver with fancy brass mounts with 100% gold wash, and no issues. Simply beautiful! $2775.00

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U788. HORSTMANN NON-REGULATION PATTERN 1821 OFFICERS SWORD: This is a Horstmann Non-Regulation pattern 1821 Officers sword. The two-branch hilt is similar to a cavalry guard, but the blade is straight and the overall weight is lighter then a saber. The hilt is tight with 100% original leather and double-stand wire. The 31-inch blade is held tight with the original black leather blade washer, and is etched with the Horstmann retailer mark, US and the American eagle. The blade has some salt & pepper spots with a good amount of original frosting and is rust and nick free. The original scabbard is dent free and fits like a glove. All metal has matching patina. $850.00

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U789. M1821 - STAFF NON-COMMISSION OFFICER SWORD: This is a unique and rare sword to find. It is a Model-1821 pattern Staff Non-Commission Officer sword. These were often carried by Pre-Civil War Militia NCO’s and saw service during the earlier years of the war when militia units from various states were mobilized. It would not be unusually for a pre-war Southern militia soldier to carry this sword. In fact, it was discovered in Florida. The overall length is 29-inches with a 23 1/2-inch blade. The hilt is tight with all original black leather and double-strand wire. The blade has a pronounced curve, retains much original bluing and gold etching and is marked J. H. Lambert and Philadelphia. The original scabbard is in amazing condition and complete with all mounts and no breaks for damage.  J (Joseph) H. Lambert was a Philadelphia retailer 1839-1853 and retailed sword again between 1863-1882. He also worked for Horstmann & Co. $995.00

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U790. HIGH-GRADE PRESENTATION SWORD: This is a Staff & Field saber presented to Colonel William H. Allen. It has a very high-grade and ornate hilt with gem stones (rubies) in the pommel cap and the quillon, and a German-Silver grip with a Damascus blade. Much of the original gold wash is present on the hilt and within the Damascus blade etching. The blade shows some sharpening, which is a good indication this sword may have been carried and saw action in the first battle of the Civil War.

The top mount presentation reads as follows

From the Soldiers of the
FIRST REGIMENT OF NEW YORK VOLS.
TO
Colonel Wm H. Allen
AS A TRIBUTE
of their affection & esteem,
In Camp before Richmond, Va
JUNE 1862

Colonel William H Allen had a short, but colorful career as a military officer, which began with the 1st New York Infantry Regiment. He organized this unit and took it into the first battle of the Civil War and saw combat at Big Bethel, Virginia. However, General Butler reported that Colonel Allen, with a small detachment of his men, had, without orders, burned a wheat field of some twenty-five acres belonging to a widow, which he had safeguarded, his only excuse being that they were getting the wheat. "For this wanton destruction and waste, he had the privates punished and the colonel arrested

and held for trial, as such destruction and waste of the property of our enemies even, will disgrace us." Colonel Allen was shortly thereafter court martialed on six charges and cashiered. Still this did not stop him from serving the Union and he returned to New York and mustered into Field & Staff with the New York 7th Infantry National Guard for a period of 4-months as the units Pay Master and on the rolls with the 2nd Company. In September, 1862 Colonel Allen accepted a commission into Field & Staff NY 145th Infantry; however, he did not muster-in the required number of soldiers to warrant or obtain the commission. In fact, he never received the authority to raise troops. He remained with the unit as it moved south, but charges of drunkenness caused his muster-in to be canceled. Since Colonel Allen did not received a commission and was never completely mustered-in, the charges made in November 1862 for a court martial went nowhere. Yet he still was not done serving the military. It is not known what command or unit he was with in 1863, but he did have some involvement in quelling the Draft Riot in New York City. Records document an order requesting the Seventh Regiment to meet that evening, at their drill-rooms, at eight o'clock, to consult on the measures necessary to be taken in the present unexpected crisis, and another to the late two-years' volunteers then in the city, to report at the same hour in Grand Street, to Colonel William H. Allen, for temporary duty.

Here is a very unique high-grade presentation sword with gem stones and history just as valuable. The large Burmese ruby alone has a value that exceed $7000.00.  $12,500.00

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U791. HORSTMANN - CIVIL WAR MARINE CORPS SNCO SWORD: This sword came out to the Kevin Hoffmann collection. Kevin was a good friend and had an amazing wealth of knowledge about swords. He will be missed!

This is a rare Civil War period United States Marine Corps SNCO sword. The original Marine Corp contract called for the sword to be void of etching, but there are a few know examples that were etched. The etching should be very plain and void of any US or USMC. If it has these lettered it is a post-war sword. The grip is 100% complete with all original wire. The blade is bright and free of any problems. The scabbard is complete with all mounts and has a frog, which I believed of from the post war period.  Overall, a rare and hard to find sword. $2500.00

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U792.  PRESENTATION GRADE -  EAGLE QUILLON, SILVER HILT STAFF & FIELD SWORD: This is a presentation grade – eagle quillon silver hilt staff & field sword with its original medallion mount German silver scabbard.  The scabbard is extremely rare and not often seen. The lattice-work medallion mounts are very delicate and you can see the top one is incomplete. The hilt is tight and very ornate. You can see the brass coming through the German silver grip, which indicate the sword was carried. All original wire is complete; the blade is a little dark, but the etching is strong, and it is marked EISENHAUER, and the pommel cap is very ornate. The scabbard in dent free. $3300.00

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U793. NON-REGULATION FOOT OFFICERS SWORD: This is a Non-Regulation Foot Officers sword with a fancy guard. This is one of my favorite swords from the Civil War.  It would have been carried by Lieutenants and Captains from all the Union states. It is the less common design with the fancy guard void of the standard eagle. The hilt is tight with 100% original shark-skin grip and only a little of the original wire. The blade retains much original frosting and is nicely etched with the W. Clauberg Soligen marker mark.  The scabbard is bent free and has nice patina.  Overall, a great looking sword! $1400.00  

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U794. PRESENTATION FOOT OFFICERS SWORD: This presentation sword was given to Sergeant Charles B. Bowers by the Summit House Hospital Guards prior to a promotion to 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Veteran Reserve Corps. Bowers was a Sergeant in the 35th New York Infantry Regiment before his hospitalization. At the Summit House Hospital, he accepted a promotion to the Invalid Corps and received this sword as gift on March 16, 1863. Bowers would go on to serve in the 8th Reserve Corps and as a Quarter Master in the11th Reserve Corps. The sword is a high-grade Foot Officers sword with a non-regulation hilt. It was retailed by G. W. Simmons & Bros. Philadelphia, PA and has a Collins & Co. marked blade dated 1862; a tight with a German Silver grip, which shows a little wear; a highly chased pommel cap and a bright blade which has strong etching and light frosting. The scabbard is in mint condition with no damage to the leather and all original mounts. The top mount presentation reads as follows

Presented To

SERGt C. B. BOWERS

by

Summit House Hospital Guards

March16, 1863

Here is a high-grade sword presented to a combat soldiers from New Yorks 35th Infantry regiment who continued to serve in the Invalid Corps as and officers in both the 8th and 11th Reserve Corps. Binder with completed records included.  $3400.00

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U796. PRE-CIVIL WAR UNITED STATES MARINE  CORPS SWORD: This is a pre-1859 Non-Commission Officers sword / Musicians sword circa 1848.  It is extremely rare! It has the brass backstrap ending with the eagle pommel, and a black leather grip. The blade has strong etching, but no bluing or gold.  The underside of the guard is Horstmann maker marked. No scabbard.  $1500.00

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