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PRESENTATION & IDENTIFIED SWORDS
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. 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. PRICE ON REQUEST
U435. AMES M1850 MOUNTED FOOT OFFICERS' SWORD - 22nd & 11th MASSACHUSETTS: This is an Ames M1850 Mounted Foot Officers' sword identified to a Lieutenant John Lord Parker. Parker enlisted as a private, Co. F 22nd Mass infantry on 24 Jan 1862 and was promoted Corporal 29 Jan 1862. He took part in the siege of Yorktown, and the battles of Hanover Court House, Mechanicsville, and Gaines Mills. During the battle of Chickahominy on 27 Jun 1862, he was wounded, listed as missing in action, but in fact was captured and sent to Libby prison. He was discharged due to his injuries, but rejoined the army at Culpepper, VA as a citizen clerk with the First brigade, First division, Fifth corps. In 1864 he assisted in raising a company and joined the 11th Mass infantry in front of Petersburg. He was promoted to first lieutenant and placed in command of Co. A, served as adjutant of the regiment, was an aid on the staff of General Robert McAllister and A.A.A.G of the Third Brigade, Third division, Second Corps. He was in all the engagement of the brigade during the last seven months of the war, and was at Appomattox, April 9, 1865 when Lee surrendered.
The sword is an Ames M1850 Mounted Foot Officers' sword with the correct one-piece solid guard, and a metal scabbard. The hilt, pommel cap and grip are tight with no movement. The grip is 100% original shark-skin and double brass wire. The original blade washer holds the 30 3/4" tight. The blade has a gray patina with no original frosting and light etching, but it is all there. It is Ames marked with "US" script etched, which identified it as a Civil War period made sword. The metal scabbard has the original black finish and all original mounts with only the middle mount screw missing. The top mount is etched "Lieut John L. Parker 11th Mass Regiment." Also, Parker wrote the History of the Twenty-Second Massachusetts Infantry. His book and additional copies historical record will be included with the sword, as well as copies of his photos in uniform and later in life. This is a great piece of Massachusetts Civil War history. $4600.00
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: "Presented to Quarter Master James A. Cook by the Officers of the 2nd Reg N.H.V. Dec 15th 1861"
The saber is a 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 people read 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!! $4875.00
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! $1895.00
U502: HIGH GRADE AMES MILITIA OFFICER'S SWORD: Here is an Ames Militia Officer's sword. Circa 1850 - 1860. This is NOT your average Militia Sword. Seldom seen, fancy cast guard. Twisted wire wrapped mother-of-pearl grip is in good condition; some small chipping, which is not unusual. The Knights head pommel is set loose, and is intentionally not tightened so as to avoid damage to mother-of-pearl leafs.
High quality, frosted blade is superbly etched in a crisp, classic Ames style displaying panoply of arms, patriotic eagle with "E Pluribus Unum" needle inscribed within banner below stars and burst. Blade also has etched acorns, oakleafs and other floral motifs. Needle inscribed Ames inscription can be seen under languet (with some difficulty due to languet).
Brass scabbard is accented with acanthus leaf design around mounts and drag. Some staining and minor dents, but otherwise good condition; no maker's mark. One of the top carry rings has an ever so slightly smaller diameter than the other two. When I found this sword the original asking price was $1600.00, but I was able to get it down so the savings can be passed on to the next collector. Enjoy! $1300.00
U498. HORSTMANN MILITIA OFFICER SWORD: This sword has been known as a California Militia sword or Stockton Blue militia sword. Some say it is pre-Civil War and other say it is a post-Civil War swords. I can say without a doubt it is a Horstmann product, and has an outstanding blade and scabbard. The hilt is solid brass with a P-guard design. It is slightly bend causing a small stress fracture near the grip, but no break. This is the swords only blemish. The long 33 1/2 inch blade is in near-mint condition with outstanding frosted etching, and the Horstmann mark. Its length is one common to a Staff & Field sword. The shark-skin scabbard is complete with no issues and has the brass drag, and upper month with the button to be carried with a belt frog. I have sold similar swords in the past for over $2000.00, but I got this one at the Baltimore Antique show for a good price and am passing the savings on to the collector who wants it. $1650.00
STAFF & FIELD OFFICER'S SWORDS
U234. NON-REGULATION STAFF & FIELD OFFICER'S SWORD: This high end Non-Regulation Staff & Field Officer's sword is the second of this style I have ever purchased, and only the third I have seen; but the third one was in extremly rought condition. This is the best, and the only one with a high-grade scabbard. The brass hilt has a rare design with Lady Columbia hold a shield with "US" on it and an eagle clutching her staff. This hilt is tight with shark-skin grip and triple strand wire. The blade is Clauberg marked and mirror bright with crisp etching. The scabbard is not the steel version, but what appears to be silver plated brass, brass mounts with amazing chase work from top to bottom. Between the top mounts is a Federal Eagle, and between the middle mount and the drag are cross American flags. The scabbard retains the original wood liner and fits the sword like a glove, and the patina on the brass thoat piece perfectly matched the hilts. This is a rare design and not often seen, especially with this scabbard. A truly one of a kind sword. $3800.00
U457. KLINGENTHAL, FRENCH MODEL 1860 STAFF OFFICERS' SWORD: This is a Klingenthal, French Model 1860 Staff Officers' sword. It was made long before the model of this sword was considered for adoption as a regulation for the American staff officers. Although the U. S. Army did not wear this style until 1860, French Army officers began using this style of sword as early as 1816. At first, this hilt pattern appears to have been used by high-ranking French officers, such as field officers and generals, but by 1837 its style was broadened to staff officers as well as high-ranking officers. The brass hilt has a disk with a central wreath with an eagle in the center applied with custom jeweler pins that are very well made. The reverse counter guard folds down and its retention ball is still present. The grip appear to be made of horn and there is no wire. There is a little movement in the hilt since there is no blade washer. The 32 inch blade is diamond shape and very wide, and marked Klingenthal and a make name of the other side, which I do not know. No scabbard. This is a very rare and unique sword. $1300.00
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!! $5,495.00
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! $4500.00
U478. UNMARKED SAUERBIER STAFF & FIELD NON-REGULATION SWORD: This is a great example of a unique Sauerbier made Non-regulation officers' sword with mother of pearl inlays in the pommel cap. The chased worked hilt is a piece of art with the inlay of George Washington head and Union shield in the pommen cap. Even the inside of the guard is chased. The blade has the etching unique to Sauebier, and the brown metal scabbard has great work on all the mounts.
U479. HIGH QUALITY PRESENTATION-GRADE STAFF & FIELD SWORD: This is a high quality Presentation-grade silver hilt Staff & Field sword. A knockout! The first thing that catches your eye is the silver gripped and the gold-washed hilt, which is no doubt a Clauberg High-Grade product. On one side is a standing Lady Liberty and on the other side an ornate design with “US” intertwined in the center. The pommel cap is decorated with an American shield in the center and a high ball on the end. The guard is ornate with a flying eagle and “US” on the front, as well as the eagle on the inside facing the grip. The blade is held tight with the original leather washer, and though the blade is plan in design and not frosty, it has no nicks, rust, pitting or any blemishes. It is not maker or retailer marked, but is similar to many swords sold by Horstmann & Sons and other high-end retailers during the Civil War. The scabbard is simply amazing! It is German silver, with ornate mounts, and the hand design of the ring mounts is very unusual and unique.
U485. TIFFANY & Co. BASIC M1850 STAFF & FIELD SWORD: This is a Tiffany & Co. Basic M1850 Staff & Field sword. The hilt is likely a Tiffany product as is the grip and scabbard, but the blade is PDL maker marked, with the Tiffany & Co. New York retailer mark. The hilt is tight with 100% shark-skin grip and 100% original twisted wire. The brass has a nice patina. The bright blade is nicely etched and is tight. The scabbard is in great condition. Though it is a basic campaign-grade sword, it is still rare being a Tiffany product. $2800.00
U495. AMES TYPE-1 M1850 STAFF & FIELD SWORD: This is a commercial Type-1 Ames M1850 Staff & Field sword complete with its original scabbard. It has the shorted blade Ames used, 28 inchs. The brass hilt and all the mounts retain much of the original gold wash, and where the brass is exposed it has nice patina. The hilt is tight and the grip is 100% original shark-skin and original wire. The original white buff blade washer holds the blade tight. The blade has the standard Ames etching with the block U.S. and Ames maker mark, but is a little faint from wear; and shows period sharpening. It is rust and nick free. The dent-free brown scabbard is complete with all the mounts, which retain lots of original gold wash. The throat piece is not the standard size as found on the full length scabbard, but is the version used on the shorter sword and original. Also, the top ring mount is Ames marked. $2350.00
U508. EMERSON & SILVER PRESENTATION-GRADE STAFF & FIELD OFFICERS' SWORD: This Emerson & Silver Presentation-grade Staff & Field sword is the exact one shown on page 319 of Civil War Army Sword by John H. Thillmann and the last Color Section page. Include with the sword is a letter from Thillman when he sold the sword in March 2012. This sword has a non-regulation guard with an eagle and stand of flags in the shape of a fan as a backdrop. This guard design is usually associated with French-made Officers' swords and often used by Emerson & Silver or Sauerbier. The silver grip has a unique shape associated with Emerson & Silver. The trademarked Emerson & Silver blade made at the E&S Keystone works is finely etched. The steel scabbard has cast-and-chased mounts, which are simply beautiful. $5395.00
FOOT OFFICER'S SWORDS
U369. M1850 FOOT OFFICERS' SWORD by F. HORSTER: This M1850 Foot Officers' sword was made by F. Horster Soligen and is one of the best examples I have seen from this maker. The hilt is tight with 100% original shark-skin grip and double twisted wire. The hilt and mounts all have a pleasing matching patina. The original red felt blade washer is present on a 30 3/4" blade. The blade is bright with much original frosting, a few dark spots, but nothing negative. It has no nicks and never sharpened. The etching is very nice with a crisp eagle and "US" and military motif. The scabbard is all original with complete stitching and no issues. It has the expected crazing one would find on these scabbards. It perfectly fit the sword. Overall, this is an great sword and is equal to and better than most M1850 Foot Officers sword for sale.
U404. M1850 FOOT OFFICERS' SWORD, HIGH-GRADE: This M1850 Foot Officers' sword is a high-grade piece with a slightly fancier guard and pommel cap. The hilt is tight and the original black leather grip and double strand wire are 100%. The blade is void of a maker or retailer, but has the name "Starr Taintor" etched in the center panel. In the Civil War data base, I found a Henry S. Taintor. Further research is needs to determine if his middle name is Starr. If it is him, his early discharge in 1863 due to wounds would account for the fine condition of the sword. The blade is very frosty with some surface pitting near the tip. The scabbard mount all have fancy chase work, retain the screws and are tightly secured to the leather. The leather is a little weak above the drag. Overall, an excellent sword! $2775.00
U460. ROBY - M1850 FOOT OFFICERS' SWORD: This is a M1850 Foot Officers' sword made by Roby. The hilt is tight and never apart, retains 100% original shark-skin grip and double-strand wire, and has an even muster-gold patina. The original white buff blade washer holds the 31 inch blade tight. The blade at one time was lightly cleaned, but all the orignal etching is present. Roby blade etching is deep and crisp and simply the best! You can clearing see the Roby maker mark, the eagle and US on the blade. The blade was never sharpen, but there are a few minor contact marks. The original scabbard is the unmarked version. It is complete with expected crazing and no breaks or holes, and retains all original mounts and original screws. $1475.00
U466. SAUERBIER M1850 FOOT OFFICERS' SWORD: This M1850 Foot Officers' sword was produced by Sauerbier and thought not marked it can be identified as such from several unique Sauerbier features: the screw securing the guard to the pommel, the domed spanner nut, and the classic, unstopped fuller blade and the commonly seen small fuller. The hilt is tight will traced of original gilt and a nice even patina. The shark-skin grip is 100% original with double twisted wire. The original red felt blade washer is complete and holds a near-mint blade tight. The 31 inch blade retains all original frosted etching and is beautiful! The "US" is crisp and slight tilted is design. The scabbard is strong with some crazing and areas where some leather has worn of. However, it retains all original mounts and screws. The top mount has the initial "D.C.R."and a crude eagle on the front and "D.C.R" on the back. I am sad to report I do know know to whom these initials belong. There are to many officers with these initials and with out more information we will never know. That being said, this is an outstanding example of a classic unmarked Sauerbier M1850 Foor Officers' sword. $1775.00
U472. ROBY - M1850 FOOT OFFICERS' SWORD: This is a Roby Foot Officers' sword with the original maker marked scabbard. The hilt is tight with 100% original grip and double strand wire; however, there are a few thin spots. The brass hilt and scabbard mounts have matching patina. The original blade washer holds the blade tight, and the blade is Roby maker marked and has great Roby frosted etching. There are a few small nicks towards the top 1/3 of the blade, but no pitting. The Roby marked scabbard retains all original months and screws, and the leather has 90% original finish with some minor crasing and wear above the drag. $1875.00
U483. ROBY - M1850 FOOT OFFICER'S SWORD, DATED BLADE: This is a Roby M1850 Foot Officer's sword with a rare dated blade. Here is an example of a M1850 Foot Officer's sword that dated to the early years of the Civil War and has no question about it being made during the war. From the looks of it, it was carried but not abused. The hilt is tight and has a mellow mustered colored patina. The grip is 100% original shark-skin with triple-stride wire. The original white blade washer is present, though not complete. The blade is tight and has deep etching with the maker mark, large eagle, "U. S." and other military motif. The original frosting is very faint. It is known that sometimes Roby swords will have a date hidden in the etched panels. This is rare and I do not often see it, but this sword is on that does. On close examination, you will find the date "Sep 30th 1862" penciled etching in the center designed above the U.S. The blade fits perfectly into the scabbard, which is compete with all the original mounts. The top mounts is loose, and there scabbard body shows use and crazing, with and back seem being open. These defects are minor and can easily be corrected. The top mount is also Roby marked.
U503: ROBY - M1850 FOOT OFFICER'S SWORD: This is a Roby M1850 Foot Officer's sword with the original scabbard. The hilt retains 100% original shark-skin & triple-strand wire, and retains much of the original gold wash. The original buff white blade washer keeps the 32 inch blade tight. It is Roby maker marked with "IRON PROOF" on the spine of the blade, and the etched is still frosty and bright. Roby had some of the best etched blades! The scabbard is complete with all original mounts, which each retaining better than 90% of the original gold wash. The blade leather scabbard has a protective coating on it. I have seen many other swords with this period modification and believe it was to protect the scabbard from water & exposure damage. This is a very solid example and available at a reasonable price. $1395.00
CALVARY OFFICER & ENLISTED SABERS
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. $2750.00
U387. M1840 CAVALRY OFFICERS' SABER: This is a M1840 Cavalry Officers' saber; it may be the work of an assembler who used fittings and a blade from another supplier. The hilt is an example of classic prewar US style. In all respects it is like the Ames 1840. The guillion adornment is composed of a doric capital feature below acanthus leaves radiating fan like to 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 Kingenthal 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. $3750.00
U477. SCHUYLER, HARTLEY & GRAHAM M1872 - CAVALRY OFFICERS' SABER : This is a M1872 Cavalry Officers' saber by Schuyler, Hartley & Graham, Ney York. I do not often purchases post-Civil War sabers because most are later models made around the Spanish-American war or later into the 1900's. However, this one is an early version and a true Indian War period saber. This is evident by the plan design of the hilt and the simple steel scabbard with gilted mounts. The hilt is tight with 80% original gold wash. It has a simple design with a little line design on the pommel cap. The leather grip is 100% original with double-strand brass wire. The original blade washer holds the blade tight. The blade has a dark patina with a few nicks. It is maker marked Schuyler, Hartley & Graham, N. Y. and etched with the standard "US" eagle, flag and cannon. The original steel scabbard has a smooth brown patina, with all original mounts, which retain much original gold wash. I have seen later versions of the sword priced from $950 to $1200, but I got this one at the right price and am passing the savings on to the collector who need a great Indian War period M1872 Cavalry Officers' saber.
U482. AMES M1833 DRAGOON SABER, 1837 DATED: This is an Ames M1833 Dragoon saber dated 1837 with its original brown scabbard. The hilt is tight, the brown leather grip is 95% complete with 100% original wire, and the original blade washer is complete holding the bright blade in place. The inside of the guard below the quillon is inspection marked HKC / ORD, and the quillon is marked T.W. for Thomas Warner. The blade is addressed N.P. Ames Cutler Springfield 1837 and inspection marked JM. and UNITED STATES. The brown lacquered retains better the 90% of the original finish, and is dent free and retains the original wood liner, and it is marked on the drag WS and HKC / ORD. The overall condition of this saber is amazing considering its age and the limited number produced. An identical marked one of lesser quality recently sold for $3495.00, but this is available for less. $2375.00
U484. EARLY CAMPAIGN or FIELD-GRADE TYPE 1 SAUERBIER CAVALRY OFFICER'S SABER: When one looks at this M1840 Cavalry Officer's saber, you see the distinct features of Sauerbier. The heavy guard and scabbard mounts and throat piece are unique to Sauerbier. It is believed to be an early war product, and not prewar because it does not exhibit the "typical" profile of the company’s product. It has the imported sharkskin type of wrapped grip with German twisted gilded copper wire, pommel cap and a P.D.L. blade all assembled with the Sauerbier guard and Sauerbier scabbard. The guard is composed of the thick two-branch design unique to Sauerbier. The etching is an Eagle and sun rays and “US” in the panels. The scabbard is steel with wide brass mounts and drag, all original screws, and original wood liners. The blade has taken on an even grayish patina, has never been sharpened, has a sharp point, and the leather blade washers is present, though there is a little movement in the guard. Original gold wash can still be seen on the guard. Not mint, but darn near! This is the exact one featured on Page 345 of John Thillmann's book Civil War Cavalry & Artillery Sabers.
U486. P.S. JUSTICE CAVALRY OFFICER'S SABER: This is a marked version of the P.S. Justice Cavalry Officer's saber. It is a rare find and not often seen; however, when found they often show evidence of being carried during the Civil War. This saber displays great original patina on the hilt and scabbard, and retains much of the original gold wash. The hilt and grip are tight with no movement and 100% original sharkskin grip and original wire. The original leather blade washer is present, and the blade is in nice shape showing the expected wear and maker marked P.S. JUSTICE. The scabbard retains all the original brass mounts, throat piece, and drag (missing its screw), and displays the expected wear and dings; and there is a still trace of gold wash on all mounts. This is one of the rarest Civil War officer saber and condition wise, is one of the best I have seen. It is available well below the asking price of $3400.00 seen on another web-site. $2350.00
U487. T-MARKED (TOMES) OFFICER'S SABER: This is a T-marked Officer's saber, which is believed to have been made by Tomes, Son & Melvain as documented in John H. Thillmann's book Civil War Cavalry & Artillery Sabers. This saber is in outstanding condition with 100% original leather grip and original wire, and is tight. The ornate hilt is hand-chased and engraved with deep foliate, pommel cap brim is chased, branched are chased, and the guillon has a fine wild rose-like foliate design. The T- marked blade is in great condition with no rust and a few small dings, but never sharpened. The white-buffed blade washer has kept it tight. The plain steel scabbard developed a nice rich brown patina.
U490. P.S. JUSTICE M1840 CAVALRY SABER TYPE-II GERMAN IMPORT: This saber was imported and retailed by P.S. Justice of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. P. S. Justice had a government contract and delivered 13,685 sabers, and many were imported sabers believed to been made by Schnitzler and Kirschbaum since a number of S&K marked scabbard have turned up. On close examination and with magnification you can see the S&K mark on the drag of this scabbard. This hilt is tight with 98% original leather and 100% original wire, which is a little loose as a result of shrinkage in the wood and leather grip. The pommel cap has a crude star design scratched into it, its meaning is unknown. The original white-buff blade washer has kept the 35 1/2 inch blade tight. The blade is bright, has never been sharpened, but has several contact nicks, and is retailer marked. The scabbard is rust free and has a dark brown-gray patina. There are several ding and dents near the drag, to include one that looks to have been made by a bullet strike. Several years ago this saber sold for $775.00, but is available at a discounted price.
U491. P.S. JUSTICE - M1860 HILT CAVALRY SABER: Philip S. Justice was more of a fabricator than a maker of swords and sabers, and purchased parts for this purpose. He had a contract to supply sabers to the government, and most were the M1840 heavy saber, but a model 1860 was probably in the mix. When the definitive reference book on Cavalry sabers was published, no known example was available to be photographed and added to the book. This saber just surfaced and is the only known example of a M1860 cavalry saber I have seen. It is a very interesting saber in that it is more of a composite saber then a true M1860 or M1840 saber. The hilt is a light thinner design, the grip is the basic M1860 design, and the pommel is the smaller M1860 version. The blade originally started out as a M1840 saber, but appears to have been factory modified to be the width of a M1860 cavalry saber. The blade is maker marked P.S. Justice arched PHILADa, but is very faint. The scabbard is the designed associated with the Justice Type I variation of the enlisted saber and is marked S & K on the drag. This is not an after-market saber, but one made by P.S. Justice to fill the government contract for the Civil War. It is a very rare saber in its own right! The grip is original, but is worn in spots and missing all but one strand of origial wire. As such, I have priced it with that in mind.
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! $2395.00
U500. M1860 CAVALRY SABER SCABBARD: This is a scabbard for a M1860 cavalry saber. It is in uncleaned original condition with no major pitting, and original patina. The total length is 36 1/2" with original ring mounts and throat piece. The drag is inspection marked with the letter "M" and show a little wear. I have tried two Ames saber and both fit. Shipping is included in this price.
U504. AMES – M1860 CAVALRY SABER, 1859: Here is another early dated Ames saber. It is an 1859 dates Ames M1860 Cavalry saber with different inspection marks on the blade, pommel cap, and drag. The hilt is tight with a nice aged patina, original leather and wire with the original leather blade washer holding the 34 3/4 inch blade tight. The blade is Ames maker marked, and inspection marked "G.G.S." and dated 1859, the pommel cap is double inspected marked "JH" & "WA" and the drag is marked "G.K.C." The blade is bright with no blemished nicks or dings. The scabbard has a nice mellow light brown patina with no rust or pitting. Several years ago this saber was selling for close to $2000, but it is available for far less. $1395.00
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. $850.00
U506. T-MARKED (TOMES) OFFICER'S SABER: This is another T-marked Officer's saber, which is believed to have been made by Tomes, Son & Melvain as documented in John H. Thillmann's book Civil War Cavalry & Artillery Sabers. This saber is in outstanding condition with 100% original leather grip and triple strand wire, which is tight. The ornate hilt is hand-chased and engraved with deep foliate, pommel cap brim is chased, branched are chased, and the guillon has a fine foliate design. Compare this to the other one I just sold U487 and you will see the difference in the design. Since these were hand chased, no to will be 100% identical. The T- marked blade is in great condition with no rust or dent. The plain steel scabbard developed a nice rich brown patina. All the T-Marked Officers sabers are early Civil War period pieces. $1795.00
U507. AMES – M1860 CAVALRY SABER, 1862: There are many cavalry saber for sale, but I look only for early dated ones in very nice condition. This is one such saber. It is an 1862 dates Ames M1860 Cavalry saber with matching inspector marks "LD" on the pommel cap, blade, and drag. The hilt is tight with a nice aged patina, original leather and wire with the original leather blade washer holding the 34 3/4 inch blade tight. The blade is Ames maker marked, and inspection marked “LD” and dated 1862, and is bright with minor blemished near the last 6 inched of the blade. The scabbard has a nice brown patina with no rust or pitting. Several years ago this saber was selling for $1200-$1300, but it is available for far less. $975.00
UNITES STATE MARINE CORPS SWORDS
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. $2600.00
U423. USMC - M1850 OFFICERS' SWORD, POST - CIVIL WAR: This is a United State Marine Corps M1850 Officers' sword - post Civil War. The Marine Corps authorized Marine Officers to carry this sword between the years 1859 - 1875. The earlier one I have found have the Horstmann mark in a rectangle shaped box and the Kings head stamped in the blade. I believe these with the square box Horstmann mark and void of the Kings heads stamp are post Civil War, which is what this one its. The hilt is tight with all original leather and double-strand wire. The brass has a nice even mellow patina. The original blade washer keeps the 32 3/4" blade tight. The blade has an even gray patina, and has the standard etching for a Horstmann officer blade, but this has USMC in the center panel. There is a little pitting near the tip, though it is not bad. The scabbard is original to the sword and has all the brass fittings. The length of the scabbard has not shrunk, but there is some shrinkage in the width causing some space near each mounts. All the mounts are firmly in place, and with the exception of the top mount, the middle mount and drag retain much original gold wash. This is a rare sword to find. $2600.00
U426. AMES - USMC - UNITED STATE MARINE CORPS BOY MUSICIAN'S SWORD: In all my years of collecting, this is the only example of a Civil War United States Marine Corps boy musician's sword made by Ames that I have ever seen. The second contract for the Marine Corps for the 1859 Marine musician's sword went to Ames in November 1859 for delivery in 1860. Of the Marine enlisted swords adopted in 1859, the musician's sword is the least understood. Marine musicians did carry a sword similar to the two types specified for Army enlisted men of foot; however, the Marine version has a half counterguard where the Army musician's hilt had none and the Army non-commissioned officer's sword has a counterguard on both sides. Marine musicians sword made under the July 1861 contract lacked the inner counter guard.
This sword is from the 1859 Ames contract and has the half counterguard on the reverse side, and is a boy's musician's sword with a 24 inch blade. This Civil War period Marine Corps sword will be void of any Marine Corps etching. Musician's swords with USMC etching are post-war. The hilt is tight with four dots in it above the blade. The reverse clam shell is half sized and turned down and has some simple chase work. The 24 inch blade is Ames marked and has a floral design running the length of the fuller, and there are a few nicks in the blade. The scabbard is a post-Civil War version for the 31 inch version of this sword, but not original to the sword. To date, this is the only example I have seen of an Ames 1859 contacted Marine Corps musician's sword. Here is a chance to add a rare Marine sword to your Civil War collection. $2100.00
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 first used 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. $2900.00
U455. M1852 NAVAL OFFICERS SWORD: This is a M1852 Naval Officers sword retailed by Horstmann & Son's. These swords are found in one of three different scabbard: black leather, gray metal, or shark-skin covered wood. This one is in its original shark-skin covered wood, which is in mint condition. The hilt it tight and the grip is 100% original shark-skin and wire. The blade shows a little original frosting under a light gray patina. It is fully etched and Horstmann marked. The scabbard is simply one of the best examples with all the shark-skin and original mounts. The patina on all the brass is the same. $2800.00
U499. AMES M1860 NAVAL CUTLASS, FROG & BELT: This Ames M1860 Naval Cutlass is complete with the original black buff leather frog and belt. The belt and frog alone has a value of $600.00. The cutlass is in great original condition with a deep rich coppery patina, 100% original black leather grip. There are a few dings and dent in the guard, but nothing major, and it indicated it was used. The original blade washer is in great condition and holds the bright blade tight. The blade is dated an inspected "U.S.N." "D.R" "1862" and Ames marked, thought faint. There no rust or pitting on the blade. With the exception of the week top, the scabbard is in great condition with all its brass rivets. The tip was bent at one time, but not broken, and most be handled correctly. These scabbards were originally designed so the blade was exposed by a 1/4 inch at the top for carry is the frog. Often, the blade is pushed all the way into the scabbard causing the tip to break off. You can see on this one the blade protrudes out at the side of the tip because someone pushed it in too far. The black buff frog and belt are both in great condition and very pliable. The belt buckle retains much of its original finish and has the brass rivets as well. This is a great cutlass.
M1840 NCO & MUSICIAN SWORDS
U501: AMES M1840 MUSICIAN'S SWORD: This is a Musician's sword made by Ames. The blade is in outstanding condition with no pitting or blemishes. It is Ames maker marked and inspected, and dated 1864. This scabbard is 100% original and complete with no breaks, and retains both original mounts and all the rivets, and also inspection marked. I do not often purchase these because they are usually overpriced and not in the high-quality condition I prefer to sell. However, I found this one at a great price and can keep the price below $450.00. Shipping an additional $15.00.
UNION BOWIE KNIVES
U310. 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 Bowie knife measures 13 1/2" in overall length, and is a handful of Knife; a heavy, full sized Bowie weighing nearly a pound (15 oz.). The 8" clip blade x 1 1/16" wide x from 3/32" thick stock has a 4 1/8" false edge on top, with the ricasso being hot stamped, "R. HEINISH". The blade tang extends through the end of the hilt and is capped off with a threaded brass nut. The blade has been period sharpening, and retains it's original blade shape with a full tip. There are no nicks to the blade when running your finger over the edge. There are a few areas of light black spots on the blade, as can be expected, but overall, the blade is in excellent condition. The 3 5/8" wide integral S shaped cross guard and ferrule, as well as the 5 3/8" long birds head hilt, are made from separate Iron castings, and the cross guard and hilt are tight and rigid. The hilt is incised with dozens of lozenge shaped indentation's that appear to have been ground into the hilt to help with the grip of this heavy Bowie, and slightly lighten it. There are good traces of the original black Japanning inside these incisions. This knife was located in California, which accounts for the scabbard. It is not original to the knife, but is a 19th century scabbard for a California knife. A nearly identical Heinish Bowie knife with a 12 5/8" blade and brass mounted sheath sold in an April 2006 auction for $9,080 (around $10K including buyer's premium, tax (S/H).
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.He writes about Rochus Heinish, Jr. (son of New Jersey cutler Rochus Heinish Sr,) who was a Lieutenant in Company A of the Union forces during the U.S. Civil War. As an officer of the 26th Regiment of New Jersey Infantry Volunteers, he was involved in a charge of Confederate forces by crossing the Rappahannock river, 3 miles south of the town of Fredericksburg, Virginia, on June 5th, 1863. A copy of this article from the Gun Report in 1972 will be provided to the purchaser of this Bowie knife. Here is an opportunity to own a Rare American made Civil War period bowie knife. A nearly identical Heinish Bowie knife with a 12 5/8" blade and brass mounted sheath sold in an April 2006 auction for $9,080. $3500.00
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 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 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. $1700.00