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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.  Heinisch 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 knife measures 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 Williamson article on Heinisch 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.

$1950.00

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

$3500.00

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U510. DAHLGREN BOWIE BAYONET KNIFE: This is a Dahlgren Bowie bayonet knife.  Prior to the Civil War, Commander John Dahlgren developed a Bowie-style fighting knife, but in order to get it funded he marketed it as a bayonet for the Navy rifle musket (Plymouth rifle). It is rare to find one that will fit a Plymouth rifle because they had to be tooled to fit, but this one actually fits the rifle I have listed for sale F120.  This knife is all original with its original scabbard. The patina on the brass is even and never cleaned. The lug-nut locking spring is operational, the wood grip is complete, and the blade has a sharp point and never sharpened. The blade is maker marked Ames, Navy inspected and dated 1863.  The inspection markings are very rare because you will see a Navy anchor on both the blade and the back-end of the knife, which indicated it was not only inspected but issued. This makes it a scarce example! The scabbard is complete with no breaks or repairs, and retains all complete mounts.  As mentioned, it fits the Plymouth Rifle I have for sale, but is being sold separately. If both are purchased, I will give a package deal. The Bowie is priced:

$2800.00

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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-mintcondition.

$3000.00

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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. 

$2850.00

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

$1795.00

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U587. M1860 CAVALRY SABER –EMERSON & SILVER 1864: This is a M1860 light Cavalry Saber made by Emerson & Silver, Trenton N.J. It is dated 1864 and inspection marked. The hilt has a nice even patina and retains 100% original leather and twisted wire. The original blade washer holds the blade tight. It has a few dark spots with grayish patina, but no rust. The original scabbard has post-Civil War plating, which was common during the Indian War period. Free Shipping at this price.  

$775.00

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U615. SAUERBIER TYPE-3 CAVALRY OFFICER SABER, 1ST VARIATION: This Sauerbier Type-3 Cavalry Officer Saver, 1st Variation is a great example of the quality work Sauerbier produced. The large guard is designed with multiple branches that split into 5 sections. The grip is 100% original black leather with triple-strand wire. The original scallop-cut blade washer holds the 32 1/2 inch blade tight. The blade is free of pitting or rust, but has some dark areas with period sharpening and some very small service nicks. The etching is strong with the Sauerbier maker mark and a large blocked U. S. The scabbard is brown metal to include the flame style throat, large chased ring mounts, and a heavy fancy drag unique to this maker. Sauerbier swords are simple a work of art, and a must for any Civil War edge weapon collector.

$3800.00

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U618. SAUERBIER NON-REG. ARTILLERY STAFF OFFICERS SWORD: This Sauerbier pattern has a relatively small, half basket guard with foliate decoration basket and knuckle-bow. The pommel has additional scroll work on the crown rim. The quillon is decorated as is a small reverse counter guard. The curved blade has an unstopped fuller and a secondary fuller starting 15 inches from the guard. The etching is scroll work on the obverse and the Sauerbier address: H. Sauerbier / Newark / NJ, scroll work and a large U.S., on the reverse. The maker mark is fain, but readable, and the remaining etching is strong. Iron Proof is on the spine of the blade. The curved blade is identical to a known mounted officer example with a leather scabbard with brass mounts; however, this example has a steal scabbard with steal mounts, a steel throat piece, and a brass drag making it an artillery officer’s sword. A rare find!

$1900.00

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U619. M1852 NAVAL OFFICERS SWORD – BOATSWAIN JOHN A. FLOYD: This Model 1852 Naval Officers sword is identified to Boatswain John A. Floyd. The sword is not maker marked, but might be an Ames product; however, it is marked by the retailer A. W. Pollard & CO. Boston, MA.  The hilt retains much of the original gold wash and it tight, and on the outside guard is etched JOHN A FLOYD.  The grip material, which is original, is unusual in that it is a fine brass mesh material with twisted brass wire. The scabbard is missing the drag, and the back seam is open below the second mount. Both mounts retain 100% original gold was and have the retention screw. The top mount has JOHN A FLOYD etched on the back side.

John Adams Floyd was born in Boston November 26, 1826 and a resident of Abington, Massachusetts, and died May 13, 1894 at the age of sixty-eight.

He enlisted in the Navy April 18, 1838 as a Landsman for three years, and served on the USS Columbus (Date of Enlistment - May 26, 1838) and on the USS Cyane (May 27, 1838 – May 29,1842) until discharged.  However, he did not stay out long and would shortly reenlist, but under the alias Charles Smith. The reason for the name change is unknown.

On April 19, 1843 he reentered the navy as a Seaman and was assigned to the receiving ship, USS Pennsylvania (Date of Enlistment – May 22, 1843). He would then be assigned to the USS Macedonia (May 23, 1843 – May 10, 1845), when he was discharged. He would again reenlist as Charles Smith on October 13, 1846 as a Seaman for the “Cruise” and serves on the USS Vincennes (Date of Enlistment – April 13, 1847).

On May 16, 1862, Floyd would again enlisted in the Navy for the Civil War serving on the USS North Carolina (May 16, 1862 – June 30, 1862); the USS Adirondack (July 1, 1862 – September 7, 1862) up until it sank; and the USS Conemaugh as a Chief Boatswain’s Mate (September 8, 1862 – December 16, 1864) until his discharge and promotion. On December 22, 1864 he would promote as an officer to Acting Boatswain and be assigned to the USS Richmond for the remainder of the war until mustered out on August 15, 1865.  Boatswain Floyd was on the USS Richmond and present with Farragut's fleet. He was recognized for his bravery while leading a rescue party to save crew members from a stranded ship on the sand bar in Mobile Bay.

I have had this sword for over a year while looking for a replacement drag. If you have one for sale, I will buy it. Complete military record with 199 pages of historical documentation included with  the sword.

$2300.00

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U620. AMERICAN ETCHED (WAR OF 1812): - ENGLISH P-1796 LIGHT CAVALRY OFFICERS' SABER: In 1796 the British War Department adopted a newly designed saber for use by the Light Cavalry based upon John Gaspard Le Merchant military experiences in the field. Le Merchant saw the inadequacies in the British cavalry saber design while he was serving as a brigade major with the British Cavalry in Flanders, during the Low Countries campaign in the early years of the French Revolutionary Wars (1793-1795). Upon returning to England, he enlisted the aid of English cutler and sword maker Henry Osborn and between them was born the Pattern 1796 Light Cavalry Saber. The saber had a curved blade with relatively short slashing tip, referred to as a “hatchet” tip. The blade was typically between 32 ½” and 33” long and had a simple stirrup shaped iron guard with languets on either side of the guard. The grip had a grooved wood core wrapped with braided cord and then wrapped with leather. A pair of iron ears extended from the back-strap on either side of the grip’s center, and a transverse pin reinforced the grip to the back-strap attachment; strengthening it and keeping the grip from wobbling or working itself loose from the hilt. The design was strictly for hacking and slashing, and not for thrusting designed as a standard fighting saber for the use of the light cavalry troopers and no “officers” pattern were made. While the British War Department often created specific, official “officers’” pattern swords for wear with dress uniforms, etc. no specific officers’ light cavalry saber was authorized or codified. As such, a variety of enhanced variants of the Pattern 1796 Light Cavalry Saber were produced for use and wear by officers. Some were little more than lightened versions of the trooper saber with wire wrap on the grip and some level of ornamentation on the blade, varying from simple acid etching to fire blued blades with gold gilt decorations. Heavily ornamented hilts were available as well. The popularity of Le Merchant’s design is also seen in the number of American sabers (often called “Bird’s Head” pommels) that are known from the era of the late 1790s through the early 1820s, often utilizing the same stirrup guard (often called “D” or “P” guards) in both brass and iron. The form seems to have been quite popular with mounted American militia officers during the Federal Era, and variants are known with connection to infantry, cavalry and artillery officers. As many American swords and sabers in the post-Revolutionary War through pre-War of 1812 era originated with the cutlers and swords makers in England, it is not surprising that current British military patterns were frequently imported by American retailers. Some American retailers acquired only their blades from England and hilted the swords themselves, but other retailers purchased completed swords from the English for sale in America.

This is a wonderful example of a British Pattern 1796 Light Cavalry Officers’ Sword that was clearly intended for the American market. The saber appears to be a slightly lighter version of the common trooper’s saber with the exception that the grip has no reinforcing ears, and the leather-covered grip has an additional wire wrap. However, when the blade is drawn from the iron scabbard, the acid etched blade with American military motifs is immediately apparent. Approximately 15” of the 29 ½” long curved blade is etched with a variety of martial images. The obverse starts with floral splays and an arched bridge near the ricasso, with the word WARRENTED etched over the bridge. This is followed by a martial panoply of drums, canons, flags and pole arms, with the central pole arm being tipped with the “liberty cap”. Next is another floral splay that is topped with a spread-winged American eagle. The eagle clutches the usual olive branch in it left talon and 3 arrows in its right, and has a banner bearing the de facto motto of the United States E. Pluribus Unum (out of many, one), secured in its beak. The breast of the eagle is an American flag shield with 11 vertical stripes on the lower portion and 16 stars on the upper portion. The number of stars is interesting; suggesting the saber dates to between 1796 and 1803, although it could date as late as 1820. In 1796 Tennessee entered the union as the 16th state, the first since the adoption of the 15-star flag in 1795. The 17th state, Ohio, entered the union in 1803, and was followed by Louisiana (#18) in 1812, Indiana (#19) in 1816 and Mississippi (#20) in 1817. However, the 15-star flag remained the official American flag until 1820, when it was replaced with a new 20-star flag. This does not mean that flags with different star counts were not used during the time, and for a period a 16-star and 16-stripe flag was used unofficially, circa 1797-1803. Above the American eagle is another floral splay. The reverse of the saber starts with the same style of floral decoration and arched bridge near the ricasso, and continued with floral splays up the blade. The central image is another martial panoply featuring a drum, a canon, pole arms (with the central one again tipped with a “Liberty Cap”) and a shield with an American flag motif. Again the shield has 11-vertical stripes on the lower portion and 16-stars on the upper portion. Above the martial display is another floral splay. The curved blade is 29 ½” in length and 1 1/8” wide at the ricasso and the spine is a ¼” wide at that location as well. A single, wide fuller extends from the ricasso approximately 21 ½” towards the tip of the saber. The stirrup hilt and back strap are of iron, as they would be for any but the highest end English P-1796 officer’s saber. The hilt is 4 ½” long and the overall length of the saber is about 34 ½”. The rear of the guard is slotted for a saber knot and a pair of 15/16” long iron languets, the same width as the blade, extend form the front of the guard. The top of the guard extends 1 ½” above the blade and is tipped with a flat, round quillon. The wooden grip is grooved with an obvious palm-swell and covered in thin dark brown leather. Seven wraps of bronze or copper wire are present in the grooves. The wire has a wound center strand, flanked by two plain strands of wire, quite similar to the wire found on US Model 1833 Dragoon sabers. Interestingly the 1833 Dragoon was based upon the replacement for the Pattern 1796 saber, the Pattern 1821 saber. Other than the word “WARRENTED” no other identifying mark can be found on the saber other than a very tiny letter stamped on the spine, which may be a “C” or “G”. If it is a “G”, it may suggest Thomas Gill made the saber for the American market. The saber is in about FINE overall condition. The frosted etching on both sides of the blade is very clear and crisp and is about 90%+ present. The highly polished blade retains about 85%+ of its original bright polish as well. The etched panels show only some minor discoloration from freckled surface oxidation and some scattered flecks of discoloration. The last 8” of the blade, from the end of the fuller to the tip has been very lightly cleaned, and some minor surface scratches are visible in the polished steel. The blade is free of any significant dings or nicks, but a few tiny impact marks can be felt along the cutting edge if you carefully run your thumb along it. This is typical of any old sword that probably saw some light use, and then some additional action as a family heirloom "toy" reenacting the deeds of grandpa or great-grandpa. The iron stirrup hilt and back strap have an untouched mottled gray and brown patina with a mostly dark brown even coloration along the back strap, and some small areas of scattered minor surface oxidation scattered over the hilt. The leather wrap is original and is about 80%+ present, with largest single area of loss being at the obverse rear of the grip, where it has flaked away and another piece of leather has lifted and may flake off soon as well. The other areas of loss are some small wear spots on the reverse of the grip. The wire all appears to be original, and remains relatively tight and secure, with only some minor looseness noted at the obverse rear where the leather wrap has started to flake. The saber is accompanied by its original iron scabbard, and fits it perfectly. The scabbard retains both original iron suspension rings and is complete, including its throat. The scabbard was painted black a very long time ago, possibly during the period of use or immediately thereafter as a means of protecting a family heirloom. The scabbard was then decorated on the obverse with gold paint in a floral motif between the mounts. Only about 30%-40% of this paint remains, having worn off the scabbard from handling, storage and use over the years. The scabbard remains solid with the only condition issues worth noting being a tiny seam crack, about ½” long, 3 ¼” below the lower drag, and pair of deep dents between the mounts on the reverse. The upper dent is the deeper and larger of the two. A smaller, thumb-sized dent is also present on the obverse just below the upper mount. The scabbard matches the saber well and the old painted decorations really add to the overall eye appeal of the saber.

While it is impossible to know the exact date of manufacture and the exact period of use of this sword, it is almost certainly c1800 and most likely pre-War of 1812. The number of stars in the etched panels and the overall pattern are typical of earlier, rather than later Federal Era officer’s swords, which tend to be more heavily embellished. This sword, with its relatively short 29 ½” blade was almost certainly an infantry officer’s or artillery officer’s saber and the iron scabbard suggest use while mounted. This is a very attractive sword with a wonderful blade and lovely etching. It would be a wonderful addition to any collection of early American swords. This is a scarce pattern, and I have only seen a handful of these English P-1796 officer type swords etched with American martial motifs. It is a sword you will no doubt be very glad to add to your collection and to display on your wall.

$1895.00

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U624.NON-REGULATION FOOT OFFICERS SWORD: Next to the standard M1850 Foot Officers sword, the Non-Regulation Foot Officer sword is the most common sword carried by company grade officers (Lieutenants and Captains) during the Civil War. To coin the phrase: they are a dime a dozen. However, it is one of my favorite swords and I love finding them. This sword definitely saw the elephant and shows wear, but not abuse. The steel metal hilt and back-strap have an untouched brown patina, which matches the scabbard. The grip retains 100% original sharkskin, but is missing some original wire. The blade is rust free with dark areas, but has all original etched, which is faint is some areas, and is Solingen marked. The scabbard is original with a door ding half way between the drag and bottom mount. I am going to offer free shipping with thissword.

$575.00

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U627. M1850 FOOT OFFICERS SWORD by P. (PHILLIP) H. TUSKA: This M1850 Foot Officer sword has in the past be misidentified as being a Tomes product, but has recently been id'ed as being retailed by P. (Phillip) H. Tuska. Tuska was a military outfitter in New York, NY and only in business 2-years, 1861-1863, making this a true Civil War sword. All his 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 upwarded turned wings; and US vertical to the blade. The scabbard leather body is similar to that made by Ames and Roby. The hilt on this sword is tight with 100% original leather and wire. The white leather washer keeps the 31 inch blade tight. The blade retains light original frosting and is deeply etched.  The scabbard fits tight with all original mounts and screws and is solid, but has some minor leather lose and crazing.

$1300.00

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U629. M1852 NAVAL OFFICERS SWORD: This is a Civil War period M1852 Naval Officers sword by Friedrick Plucker Jr., Solingen Germany. His Rabbit Head mark can be seen on the blade. The sword is complete and all original, shows period use, but not abuse. The hilt is tight and retains 100% shark-skin grip and triple-strand wire. There is a little shrinkage on the left-hand side of the grip. The 29 x 1 inch wide blade is fully etched, unsharpened, has a strong tip, and some light pitting at the last 4 inches. The etching is deep and crisp with the naval anchor, eagle, USN, and other military symbols. The scabbard is complete and original with no breaks or weak spots. The brass mounts are very heavy and retain original retention screws. M1852 Naval Officers Sword are not as common as M1850 Foot Officers swords, and especially one for Friedrick Plucker Jr.

$1200.00

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U634. MODEL 1852 NAVAL OFFICERS SWORD – SWORD OF COMMANDER GEORGE WINGATE (USN 1863-1887) by JOSEPH STARKEY, LONDON: This sword is published and featured on pages 111-112 of U.S. Naval Officers There Swords and Dirks by Peter Tuite. Tuite wrote the following description: “An imported presentation grade sword made in London. The obverse blade has the owner’s name: George E. Wingate, upside down along the blade. The obverse ricasso shows a six-sided star with a centered 1/4 inch diameter brass insert marked Proved. The reverse ricasso etching shows the manufacturer’s name: Joseph/Starkey/Conduit St/London.

George Wingate was a Civil War volunteer who was appointedan acting ensign in 1863 and retired as a commander in 1887. Wingate was born in New Hampshire and was appointed an Acting Ensign on 4 November 1863. During the Civil War, he initially served on the bark Arthur in the West Gulf Squadron under David Farragut. He later served with the North Atlantic Squadron under David Porter on the double-ended gunboat Oseola. His ship joined in the attack on Fort Fisher. He made a career of the Navy and was promoted to master in March 1868, and lieutenant in Dec 1868. In 1870 he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant commander and rose to his final rank of commander in 1887. In addition to sea service, his career included tours of duty in the torpedo service, lighthouse inspection, and commander of the Malden, Mass Nitro Depot.  He retired on 3 June 1897 and died on 7 June 1897.

The grip is 5 1/2 inches long and topped with the pattern pommel. The grip has 8 turns of a triple wire on a course grained shagreen wrap, I has a relatively heavy twisted round copper gilt wire in the center with single strands of much finer gilt wire on each side. The straight blade is 28 1/4 inches long, 1 1/18 inches wide at the ricasso. It has a single wide fuller. The once frosty blade is deeply etched. The obverse has the owner’s name etched George E. Wingate with a fancy boarder, a fouled anchor with shield, a floral, a blank oval formed by crisp stars, completed by a ship’s mast with tops containing a battle ax, pike, trident, all topped with a pennant engraved USN an foliate above. The reverse blade has a floral, a long necked eagle atop a crude cannon topped by sunrays, a fouled line with oak leaves and acorns, and a foliate above. The scabbard mounts are English-made and are gilded and designed different from the standard pattern. All mounts also are raised, chased on both sides and have rounded edges with no screws.   Wingate’s Widow Pension file is included.

$2800.00

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U636.   SAUERBIER M1850 FOOT OFFICERS SWORD:  This M1850 Foot Officers sword is a product of Sauerbier from New Jersey and though it is unmarked, the distinct features associated with Sauerbier; the screw attaching the guard to the pommel cap; the design of the unstopped fuller; and the pommel cap nut are obvious.  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 include cross cannons, which could indicate the sword was for an artillery officer. The scabbard has the throat and drag unique to Sauerbier, is dent free, and a nice gray-brown patina.

$2100.00

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U638. PRESENTATION AMES 1850 MOUNTED OFFICERS SWORDS with HIGH-GRADE BRASS SCABBARD: This is an Ames Model 1850 Mounted Officers sword with a high-grade brass scabbard with a presentation. It reads Governor’s Guard to Dr. James Kent. July 4th 1860. There were several pre-war militia units that used the title Governor’s Guard. I believe this sword is associated with the Governor’s Guard from New York City. I have yet to connect the Governor’s Guard to a Dr. James Kent; however, the only James Kent listed in the Civil War data base as an officer was Lieutenant Colonel James Kent of the New York 21st Infantry. This may be his sword.  During my initial research, I did find reference to a military pass in the Columbia University Archives: Military Pass issued to James Kent Jr., signed by James Kent Jr. and Drake De Kay, July 4, 1861; which peaks the imagination and calls for more research.

There are two versions of the mounted offices sword, which are identical in all aspects except for the US etching. The earlier examples have the block US and the later version with the script style US. This example is has block lettering; however, it is larger is style to the standard version often seen. In fact, the eagle on this blade is much different with a spread wing flying design with the E Pluribus Unum ribbon under the bird.  The knuckle-bow is cast in a single piece and not spliced and more shallow then the standard Foot Officers sword. The blade is Ames marked with deep etching and a gray patina. The heavy brass scabbard has a beautiful raised eagle between the double ring top mount, the presentation between the mounts, and attractive chase work between the middle mount and the drag. The scabbard is also Ames marked. This is an extremely rare sword!

$3500.00

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U631. SAUERBIER M1850 STAFF & FIELD SWORD - PRESENTED TO ASST. SURGEON, NEW YORK 11TH REGIMENT NATIONAL GUARD INFANTRY: This is a high quality Sauerbier Staff & Field sword presented Asst. Surgeon Joseph Ward. The sword retains 95% original gold wash on all the brass and 100% original grip and wire, as well as a frosty blade. The presentation is on the reverse side of the top mounts and reads as follows.

Presented by

Wm Rankin Esq

To hisGrandson

Joseph B. Ward , MD

Newark, N.J.

June 25th 1862

The New York Eleventh Regiment, Washington Rifles was a National Guard unit and prior to April 27, 1835, there are no positive records of this regiment on file.  At that time the organization was known as the 2d Regiment, Washington Guards, New York State Light Infantry; about 1856 this designation was changed to 11th Regiment, "Washington Rifles."  It was disbanded January 14, 1899.

Its Service in the War of the Rebellion was short. It left New York City, its home station, May 28, 1862, commanded by Col. Joachim Maidhof, and was mustered into the service of the United States for three months, at Harper's Ferry, W. Va.  It served in the 2d Brigade, Sigel's Division, Department of Shenandoah, from June 8, 1862, and at Harper's Ferry, and was mustered out at New York City, to date September 16, 1862. In June 18, 1863, its ten companies, left the State under orders for thirty days' service, commanded by Colonel Maidhof, and preceded to Harrisburg, Pa.; it served in the 4th Brigade, 1st Division, Department Susquehanna, and was mustered out of the United States service, July 20, 1863, in New York City.

11th Regiment National Guard Infantry

Left State for Harper's Ferry, W. Va., May 28, 1862.Attached to 2nd Brigade, Sigel's Division, Dept. of the Shenandoah, and duty at Harper's Ferry until September. Mustered out September 16, 1862.

Again left State for Harrisburg, Pa., June 18, 1863.Attached to 4th Brigade, 1st Division, Dept. of the Susquehanna. Skirmish at Oyster Point, Pa., June 28. Mustered out July 20, 1863.

Joseph Ward was the units Assistant Surgeon during its initial 3-month service. He enlisted on 5/28/1862 at New York City, NY as an Asst. Surgeon and on 5/28/1862 was commissioned into Field & Staff, NY 11th Infantry. He was Mustered Out on 9/16/1862 at New York, NY.

Thought his military service was short, it is not often you find a presentation sword for a medical doctor during the Civil War.  With great history this sword would be values over $6500.00; however, it is available for less.

$5500.00

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U642. M1850 STAFF & FIELD SWORD - SCHUYLER, HARTLY & GRAHAM. This is an outstanding example of a standard Model 1850 Staff & Field Sword from Schuyler, Hartley & Graham, New York. I have a Schuyler, Hartley & Graham M1850 Foot Officer sword (item U630) and both have the same blade style, pommel cap, and grip, and I believe these were made by SH&G. The hilt on this sword is tight and retails much original gold wash and 100% original grip and wire. The 30 1/2 inch blade has deep frosty etching with the American eagle on both sides, crossed flags, a fancy US, and the words Stand by the Union, as well as be maker marked; and is nick and rust free. The scabbard is free of dents, has a brown finish and all original mounts with traces of original gold wash. This is one of the finest examples of this sword I have seen in a while!  

$2500.00

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U643.  M1840 CAVALRY OFFICERS SABER – HORSTMANN, EMERSON & SILVER AND SAUIEBIER: This Model 1840 Cavalry Officers Saber is a unique piece not only because it is a Civil War period sword, but is a great example of the cooperation between sword makers and retailers at that time. Emerson & Silver and Sauerbier were both located in New Jersey and were major producer of edge weapons during the Civil War. Often they would use parts from each other to produce a finished product, and it is common to find their swords in the others scabbard. Horstmann & Son was a retailer located in Philadelphia, and they purchase from both makers. On the blade of this saber is a Keystone symbol associated with Emerson & Silver, which identifies the maker, and Horstmann mark to identify the retailer. The scabbard throat piece and mount are unique to Sauerbier. All this put together makes this sword completely original. The hilt is plain in design with 100% original leather and wire, and the blade is un-etched. The scabbard is dent free, but shows wear on the mounts and drag. The screws for the top two mounts are gone and the center portion mounts have shifted a little, but the patina attests to this occurring long ago. This is a great example of a field used Cavalry Officers saber.

$1600.00

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U649. SAUERBIER PLAIN HILT TYPE-1 OFFICERS CAVALRY SABER: This saber has a plain Type-1 hilt with the turn-downed pommel cap unique to Sauerbier. There were two sizes for the guard, and this one is the slightly smaller example. The grip is 100% original shark-skin with a single twisted brass wire. The original blade washer is present and the 34 1/2 inch M1860 style blade is bright with much original frosting mixed with some dark spots here and there (no pitting), and detailed etching to include a raised wing eagle and large U.S. The scabbard is a matching Type-1 style with wide plain brass mounts having only a single scribed line at the border. All mounts retain the original screws and have a pleasing patina. This is a great example of a Sauerbier Plain Hilt Type-1 Officers Cavalry Saber.

$2100.00  

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U651. AMES M1860 NAVAL CUTLASS, SCABBARD & FROG: This is an Ames M1860 Naval Cutlass complete with the original scabbard and frog. The hilt is tight with 100% original leather and no wire, which is common. Its rack number is 12M 655. The blade is Ames marked and dates 1862, but no inspection mark making this most likely a state or Army purchased cutlass. The leather blade washer is original, and there is some minor surface pitting. The scabbard is original and complete with all the rivets including the tip. It has a few soft spots, but no breaks. The frog is very unique. Both have taken on a brown patina to the leather. It is not often that you find a cutlass complete with the scabbard and frog.

$1700.00

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U652. M1850 STAFF & FIELD SWORD, HORSTMANN: This M1850 Staff & Field sword was retailed by Horstmann.  It is in great condition with 95% original gold wash on the brass, a frosty blade, and a dent free scabbard. The slight wear on the sword indicates it was carried, but not abused and well maintained. Truly, a great looking sword!

$2900.00

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U654. M1860 NAVAL CUTLASS, MINT SCABBARD: This is an 1862 dated and inspected M1860 Naval Cutlass with a mint condition original scabbard. Additionally, it is made rarer because it still has the original double-strand wire over 100% original leather. The brass basket guard is near perfict and tight with rack number 21M over 788. The pommel cap has matching patina and inspected marked “D R” as on the blade. The 25 1/2 inch blade shows wear with areas of dark spotting, and is Ames marked as well as dated and inspected: U.S.N. 1852 D.R., and has the original blade washer.  The scabbard is very minty and is by far the best I have seen.  If the blade were better, it would easily be a $2500.00 piece.  If you are a collector of naval cutlasses, don’t let this one get away.

$1600.00

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U670. AMES M1840 HEAVY CAVALRY SABER: This is an outstanding example of the Ames M1840 Heavy Cavalry saber. It retains 100% original grip and wire, as well as the original leather blade washer. The blade is bright with a mirror finish with some spotting, but no pitting or rust. Due to the blade being bright, it was a little difficult photographing, but it is nice. The scabbard is dent free and bright and original. The blade is Ames marked and dated and inspected 1849. Also, the pommel cap is inspected. In 1849 the government contracted was for 2,000 sabers; however, Ames was still filling the 1848 order and a total of 2,490 sabers were delivered in 1849. 1849 dated sabers were too late for the Mexican War, but were in the arsenal at the start of the Civil War and heavily use by both Confederate and Union soldiers. Only a few years ago you were paying over $2000.00 plus for a saber like this, but this is available at 25% less.

$1500.00

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U671. AMES M1840 MUSICIANS SWORD, 1861 DATED: These swords are getting harder to find in any condition under the $500 price range. However, once in a while, I find one and can offer it at a great price.  This Ames marked Musician sword is an early Civil War piece and shows evidence of being carried. It has a dated & inspected blade and maker marked: “U.S.”“L.D”“1861” & Ames in the early scroll pattern. The blade has a gray patina, a sharp point with some small nicks and sharpening marks, but no blade washer. The scabbard is the early pressure mount design and is complete with no breaks, but is a little soft four inches above the drag. Here is an early Civil War Musician sword with a great date, 1861. Shipping is included in this price!  

$285.00

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U644. M1852 NAVAL OFFICERS SWORD - SCHUYLER, HARTLEY & GRAHAM: Most examples of the Civil War M1852 Naval Officers sword are either an Ames or Horstmann (W. Clauberg, Solingen) product, and it is rare to find specimens by other makers or retailers. This is the first example of a Schuyler, Hartley & Graham M1852 Naval Officers sword I have ever acquired.  I located it at the 2016 Baltimore Antique Arms show this past March. This sword is in near-mint condition with the slightest of wear on the grip, and some minor areas of dark spots on the blade.  The hilt and scabbard mounts retain 100% original gold wash. The scabbard leather is complete and solid. The white shark-skin grip is near perfect with 100% original wire. The blade is frosty with amazing etching to include the Schuyler, Hartley & Graham mark, Anchors, and a stylish US over N. Simply one of the best!

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