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U463.  IDENTIFIED NAVAL OFFICERS' SWORD, UNIFORM, COMMISSION PAPER, BELT AND WAR RELIC:  This is truly a rare find,  a Civil War naval grouping identified to Howard D. Potts, Assistant Engineer U.S. Navy.  It includes a swollow-tail dress uniform, naval officers' sword, commission paper, war relic, Civil War naval belt with buckle, and a post-war naval belt with buckle. Howard Potts was born in Pennsylvania on December 16, 1840.  He entered service at the very outbreak of the war under "Presidents Lincoln's first call for 75,000 troops" as a private and band member in Captain McKnight's Ringgold Light Artillery from Reading Pennsylvania.  His original term of service was for three months, in keeping with the belief by both sides that the conflict would be a short one. Howard Potts re-enlisted in November 16, 1861 as a Third Assistant Engineer U.S. Navy where he began a long naval career.  He would later promote to Second Assistant Engineer.

Here is a list of his assigned ships and posts during his career.  While at sea, he would see action against several Confederate naval vessels, and the Korean Punitive Expedition of 1871.This uniform tells of the years of service from the Civil War to the Korean Punitive Expedition of 1871.  The Naval Officers' dress uniform is an original Civil War period coat with all matching buttons and Assistant Engineer rank insiginal on the sleeve.

Philadelphia Navy Yard  

USS WaterWitch

Philadelphia Navy Yard

USS Tioga

Boston Navy Yard

Philadelphia Navy Yard

Boston Navy Yard

USS Pinola

Promoted to Second Assistant Engineer

Philadelphia Navy Yard

USS Dacotah

Philadelphia Navy Yard

USS Monocacy

Philadelphia Navy Yard

Naval Asylum

Naval Home

November 16 to December 2, 1861

December 2, 1861 to April 14, 1862

April 14, 1862 to May 9, 1862

May 9, 1862 to September 30, 1863

September 30, 1863 to November 27, 1863

November 27, 1863 to January 6, 1864

January 6, 1864 to March 21, 1864

March 21, 1864 to July 15, 1865

Promoted to Second Assistant Engineer

July 15, 1865 to November 24, 1865

November 24, 1865 to September 29, 1869

September 29, 1869 to July 22, 1869

July 22, 1869 to October 15, 1872

October 15, 1872 to October 26, 1874 (retired)

November 30 1875 to December 31, 1889

December 31, 1889 and died on August 13, 1906

The addition of the red is a Post-war addition. The jacket has some moth holes, but nothing major.  The inside has the padding expected in the Civil War uniform.  The sword is a Civil War version of the M1852 Naval Officers' sword retailed by Horstmann. The retailer marking is faint from years of wear, but reads "W. H. Horstmann & Sons Philidelphia," which is the Civil War period markings. The scabbard is complete and has Howard D. Potts name and USN on both sides of the throat piece. The patina is even and all original,  and the hilt is tight with 100% original wire and shark-skin grip. The Civil War period Naval Belt's leather matched the scabbard, and the buckle is the two-piece version.  The commission paper has been professional framed. The ink is faded, but readable. The post Civil War belt has one remaining hanger strap. Also included is a war relic. I do not know what it is, but suspect it is from one of the ships on which Potts served. Included is a binder complete with historical information of Potts' military service, with his complete pension record. I found a report he drafted about damage to the USS Tioga during the fight to capture the Confederate steamer Herald, in which a Confederate shot damaged his ships machinery.This is a great Naval group with an appraised value of $8000.00. Shipping will be $45.00 because two boxes will be required.

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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!! $4650.00

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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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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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U543. SAUERBIER CAVALRY OFFICER'S SABER, MID GRADE TYPE 1, PLAIN MOUNTS: Sauerbier cavalry officer's sabers are seldom encountered and always have distinctive features. This example is a mid-grade type 1 Officer's saber with plain mounts, and is the exact one featured on page 349 of the book “Civil War Cavalry & Artillery Sabers” by John H. Thillmann. It has an etched blade with a large panel with the maker mark, and bold block lettered US. The hilt is deeply engraved with a great chased quillion, guard and knuckle bow. The pommel cap is the unique Sauebier turned down version with a recessed spanner nut, and the grip is the typical oversized version with 100% original leather and wire. This is a rare saber to find, and how often do you have the chance to own one that is published and well documented.  $2895.00

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U564. M1821 NON-REGULATION FRENCH INFANTRY OFFICERS SWORD:  WOW, what an amazing blade! This is a M1821 Non-Regulation French Infantry Offricers sword, which was imported into the United State and where carried by Infantry and Artillery officers before and during the Civil War. Often you will find these unetched, and if etched, in well-used condition.  This one is in amazing condition with an etched blade that is perfect in all aspects. The hilt has a nice patina, and with the exception of a small piece of leather missing, the grip is perfect.  The metal scabbard is dent free.  No maker or retailer marks. $1300.00

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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 around the blade and at the top. $1895.00

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U569.  EMERSON & SILVER M1850 FOOT OFFICERS SWORD: This is an Emerson & Silver M1850 Foot officers’ sword.  The hilt is tight with generous amounts of original gold-wash, original shark-skin grip with triple strain wire, and frosty mint condition blade held tight with the original white-buff leather washer. The etching is truly beautiful, to include the Emerson & Silver marking.  The steel scabbard has developed a nice even brown patina, and ring mounts are serial number stamped 25, but the drag is marked 52 in error, kind of neat in a way. $2300.00

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U573.  M1850 STAFF & FIELD IDENTIFIED TO AN OFFICER OF THE 18TH INFANTRY COLORED TROOPS: This is a M1850 Staff & Field sword, which belonged to Captain Charles L. C. Cass of the 18th infantry, colored troops. The sword is a standard import version with the US basket hilt. The brass has a rich mustard colored patina and the grip is 100% original shark-skin with triple strand wire and it tight. The original white buff leather washer holds the 32 inch blade tight. The blade is maker marked Schnitzler & Kirschbaum Solingen and is fully etched. The blade has a dark gray-tone patina, the etching is deep and the tip has a strong point. The metal scabbard has a great gray-brown patina with all original mounts. On the reverse side of the top mount is etched “C.L.C. Cass” “Capt USV.”

In December 1863 Charles Cass applied for a commission to the 6th regiment Corps d’ Afriqua while at Port Hudson, LA and received a commission as a Second Lieutenant. He would be assigned to the 83rd infantry, colored troops and eventually the 18th infantry, color troops as a Company Commander. He would lead his men in the Battle of Nashville, and would sustain an accidental gunshot to the hand while in the field. Included with the sword will be a complete copy of his military record with other historical information. It is not often you find a sword attributed to an officer who led colored troops during the Civil War. $3200.00

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U575.M1852 NAVAL OFFICERS SWORD – EMERSON & SILVER:  This M1852 Naval Officers sword made by Emerson & Silver, New Jersey. We know this because of the unique shape of the German silver grip, and the throat of the top scabbard mount; these features are unique to Emerson & Silver. With the grip being such a high quality this can be considered a presentation grade sword, which shows evidence of being carried by the wear on the pommel cap and blade. It is all original! The hilt is tight and the grip retains all original wire. The original white buff leather blade washer holds the 1 by 28 inch blade tight and is Clauberg; however, the etching is extremely faint and the blade is spotty with no rust or pitting. The scabbard is truly a gem because it is leather covered wood, which is extremely rare. It retains all original mounts and screws, and the top mount has a Union shield with U.S.N. chased in it. With a better blade this sword would be approaching the $3000.00 price range; however, the blade is what it is and is available for a reasonable price below its market value.

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U576.  SCHULER, HARTLEY & GRAHAM – MODEL 1860 STAFF OFFICERS SWORD: This is a rare example of French made Civil War Model 1860 Staff Officers sword retailed by Schuler, Hartley & Graham New York.  The 32” diamond shape blade (which is correct) is etched and marked Schuler, Hartley & Graham New York and French maker marked.  The Klingenthal “B” is on the ricasso reserve side, and the counterguard underside is marked “FBD” with a sword piercing helmet (F.Delecour).  The reverse clam shell folding guard is full sized with a plain field, but in the down position because the retention button is frozen.  The plain brown scabbard has all brass mounts with Civil War style top-ring mounts with a plain simple drag.  The hilt retains much original gold wash and has Mother-of-Pear grips, which are in mint condition. Look at John H. Thillmann's book “Civil War Army Sword” page 448 for comparison information. A Civil War Model 1860 Staff & Field sword is rare to find especially is such fine condition, but since the claim shell cannot be placed in the full open position, I have discounted the price accordingly.  $1875.00

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U579.  AMES - M1840 ARTILLERY SABER: This M1840 Artillery saber is an outstanding example of the early Civil War production when Ames was filling early order, while still using available surplus parts.  The hilt it is the Type-1 design with the recess cavity for the early scabbard, but the blade is for the Type-2 scabbard, which is what this one has. The guard and pommel cap retain 95% original gold was, and the pommel is inspection marks JH, and the guard has three different number stamps; 42, 69, 618. The grip is 100% complete, but shows some wear. The blade is outstanding with its bright original luster, and is Ames marked and inspected US/J.T./1860.  The scabbard is the second design, which is correct for the Civil War produced blade. It is dent free and complete with all mounts and has an even speckle brown patina.    This is an early war dated saber and very rare to find especially in this condition. $1300.00

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U581. M1850 STAFF & FIELD SWORD: WOW!! This is a great example of a Civil War M1850 Staff & Field sword with its original brown metal scabbard. The hilt has a great patina; has 100% original shark-skin grip with triple strand wire, and a fancy designed pommel cap, which is all tight. The tight blade retains much original frosting with some light spotting closer to the hilt.  It has never been sharpened and has a great tip. When found, the sword blade was covered with a light coat of varnish, which when removed, reviewed a beautiful blade.  The scabbard is one of the best I have seen! It retains all original mounts and screws, and 100% original brown finish with no dent or dings. Easily a $2000.00 + sword, but I picked it up at a great price and can pass the savings on to the next owner.

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U582. HIGH-GRADE PRESENTATION SWORD with ORNATE MEDALLION MOUNTS & SILVER SCABBARD:  This is a high-grade Civil War period sword with a post-war presentation.  The sword is most likely a Clauberg product with a PDL marked blade.  It has a fancy eagle pommel hilt with US in the basket, a German silver grip, and a great pommel. The blade is PDL marked, and shows wear, but all the etching is present, as well as the leather blade washer. The scabbard is outstanding! It is silver plated steel with ornate medallion mounts and a drag with a standing soldier. On the top mount is the presentation “Presented to Capt. E. W. Holden by the Members of Company H. 10 Regt M. V. M.” Massachusetts Volunteer Militia.

E. W. Holder is Ethan W. Holden from Westminster, MA. He Enlisted as a Private on 10/01/1861 as a member of Company F, 25th Massachusetts Infantry and was discharged for disability on 7/24/1862 at New Berne, NC. After the war he was a member of GAR Post #69 (Joseph P. Rice) in Westminster, MA as the Post Commander. He also was a member of the post-war 10th Regiment.  Records show he received a pension, and muster sheets are on file, though more research is required.

The hilt and scabbard are outstanding, but the blade is a little tired, and if it were better this would be a $6500 sword. $4900.00

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U587.  M1841 NAVAL CUTLASS – AMES: This is an Ames M1841 Naval Cutlass and it obviously saw service in both the war with Mexico (1846-48) and the Civil War. The brass hilt shows wear, but is tight with the rack number 99 stamped on the guards face by the blade.  The blade is Ames marked and U.S.N inspected / dated 1842, which often are worn off, and shows evidence of period sharpening as well as pitting from exposure to salt air.  $995.00

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U588.  SAUERBIER M1850 STAFF & FIELD SWORD: Sometimes, I find a sword which is unique in many ways and gets me excited.  This is such a sword!  It might not be minty and bright, or shiny as many high-end pieces, but this has the age and wear that truly indicated it was carried in battle.  It is an unmarked Sauerbier M1850 Staff & Field sword in a Roby Staff & Field scabbard. Was it originally purchased in this configuration, or did the officer obtain a field replacement.  One will never know, but the patina on the brass matches on the sword and scabbard, and the fit is perfect.  As far as I am concern, it is all original to the war.  The pommel cap, and screw, and blade match Sauerbier designs. The grip retains 100% original shark-skin material, but is missing all but one strand of wire. The blade washer is gone, but the blade is tight. The blade is tired, but you can still see the original etching.  Also, the blade show original period sharpening. The scabbard retains all original mounts and screws and wood liners, and has great patina.  Oh, if this sword could only speak…I hear the faint sounds of battles in Virginia, Pennsylvania, maybe Shiloh or the march to the sea.  This sword will display well in any collection. Free shipping. $1050.00

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U589. M1850 FOOT OFFICERS SWORD: This is an M1850 Foot Officers sword, which is in great condition.  It has no identified maker, but my experience tells me it is American made and not an import because there is no IRON PROOF on the top spine of the blade. The hilt has a great look with traces of original gold wash. The shark-skin grip is near perfect with one worn spot and 100% original wire. There is a little movement due to some shrinkage in the wood. The blade retains lots of original frosting and the US and Eagle etching is strong, and the blade has never been sharpened.  The original scabbard shows some crazing, but is strong and retains all original mounts. Easily, a $1200.00 sword, but is available at a great holiday discounted price. $1050.00

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U590.  SILVER HILT – M1850 FOOT OFFICERS / STAFF & FIELD SWORD – INFANTRY: This sword is often mistakenly identified as a Foot Officers sword, but in fact is a M1850 Staff & Field sword because the slightly larger and curved back basket guard. This particular design does not have a US in the guard and many dealers refer to it as Non-regulation, but it does conform to the Civil War sword guidelines.  Also, this sword is slightly rare for two reasons; first it has a German silver hilt, and secondly it is marked with a rare and little known retailer; O. LANGSDORF.  I searched all my referenced and could not find any information associated with this retailer, and intially the only thing I found was a past auction for another sword with the same marking O. LANGSDORF stamped in the blade, the guard and the drag. I was contacted by a respected collector who owns a musket with the same markings. He was able to track down some information on Otto Langsdore from Brooklyn and delt in surplus Civil War weapons for retail to military style units in New York after the war.  Neat!

The blade is not pitted, but does have a few nicks. Also, notice the blunt tip, it looks original as if it never had a sharp point, but I suspect that is post-war. Again, this is a first!  The scabbard is original to the sword and very strong with a period repair of brass above the drag. The top mount is marked Me 13, to which the meaning is unknown. The rings on each mount are original and very small in design, and the original drag has been place upside down as a result of the brass band repair. This is a great looking sword, which displays well, and how often can you find a Silver hilt at this price?  $1175.00

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U591.COLLINS & COMPANY – MODEL 1850 FOOT OFFICERS SWORD: This is a M1850 Foot Officers sword made by Collins & Co. When you look at a Collins sword you see the same high-quality you will find in an Ames product.  In fact, Collins swords are often found with parts that most likely were made by Ames and this scabbard is no exception. The hilt is very tight and still retains better than 60% of the gold wash. The grip is 100% original shark-skin with double twisted wire that is still tight. The original white leather blade wash keeps the frosty blade tight. The blade is Collins & Co. marked and dated 1862, and retains all original frosted etching.  The blade has never been sharpened and the pointed tip has no rust. The scabbard is original and has normal crazing, but no breaks or bends, and has all original mounts and screws.  There still is about 40% plus original gold wash in all fittings.  This is a great example of a M1850 Foot Officers sword that shows some use, but not abuse. I am comfortable asking $2200.00 for this sword; however, I purchased it with a collection and can offer it for sale at a great price below market value.

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U593. NON-REGULATION OFFICERS SWORD:  This example of a Non-Regulation Officers sword with a hilt design is not often seen. It has a raised center eagle with upward turned wings above the U.S. This sword is on amazing condition and I can say it is one of the better examples of this style I have seen. It retains 100% of the original German silver on the hilt and the scabbard, and has 100% original shark-skin grip and triple-strand wire. The original red felt washer is intact and has kept the bright frosty blade tight. It is Clauberg marked and have a brass PROVE mark in the blade. On one side is etched an American eagle with US on its breast, and U.S. on the other side. The blade is in near-mint condition. The scabbard retains 100% original German silver and is free of any major issued. $1475.00

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U594.  NON-REGULATION STAFF & FIELD SWORD – EMERSON & SILVER: One of my favorite swords is the Non-Regulation Foot and Staff & Field sword.  This has a brass guard making it a Staff & Field sword, which would be carried by Staff and Field grade Officers.  It was made by Emerson & Silver Trenton, New Jersey. The hilt is tight with a nice even patina; the shark-skin grip is 100% with all its unique wire. The leather blade washer is original and it keeps the blade tight. The bright blade has nice original frosted etching with a few dark blemished, but no rust or pitting. The scabbard has a nice brown patina. $1275.00

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U596. HORSTMANN – M1850 STAFF & FIELD SWORD: This is a Model 1850 Staff & Field sword from Horstmann & Son Philadelphia. This sword would have been carried by officers of the rank Major to Colonel, as well as officers assigned to a command staff. This sword has great eye appeal with traced of gold wash and a nice golden brown patina. The basket hilt is tight and the grip is 100% original shark-skin with all original wire. The blade washer is gone, but the blade is still tight, and it retains its original frosting and razor sharp etching. The scabbard has a nice brown patina and retains all original brass mounts, which have traces of gold wash and nice patina. The drag is missing its retention screw and has a dent, which it does not detract from the beauty of the sword. $2200.00

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UC001.  MODEL 1840 CLAUBERG PRESENTATION GRADE SABER – DAMASCUS BLADE: This is a Clauberg high-grade three-branch cavalry officer saber with a German silver scabbard. The grip on this saber is one of the two rare and uncommon variants with a fluted grip and un-shucked corn in its design. Originally silver plated, this one is down to the original brass. The hilt is tight with no movements, and the original blade washer keeps it firm. The 35 inch Damascus blade is Clauberg marked, and has two etched center panels. On the left side is etched a large U. S. with the phrase We Never Surrender around the U.S., and on the right side is the spread eagle. Both etched panels retain 100% original gold wash. The scabbard body is very unique and rare in that it is silver plated brass.  I put a magnet to it and it will not hold, which indicated the base metal under the plating is not steel, but brass. All the fittings are original and retail original screws, and the top and two middle mounts retain much original gold wash.  The ornate original drag has been cleaned at one time, but is taking on a nice patina.  As a note, the scabbard is silver plated and reflects the camera light causing some glare; but be assured it is one of the best examples I have seen. $13,000.00

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UC002.  MODEL 1840 CLAUBERG PRESENTATION GRADE SABER: This saber was once in John H. Thillmann’s and Kevin Hoffmann’s collection and the following is the description John provided to Kevin. This saber is a very fine example of a higher grade Clauberg Civil War cavalry saber made with presentation in mind. It has a wonderful hilt, silver grip, gold washed blade and fancy scabbard with fancy mounts. John described the scabbard as being steel, but a magnet will not stick to it, so it is most likely brass. The 35 inch blade is held tight with a red wool scallop cut washer.

Obverse: gold was beginning at ricasso for 13 inches, panoply of arms, 3 inches in length (crossed cannons) drums and a cap backorders with crossed pikes and waving flag, then to an intricate floral and leafy vine design, which frames the motto UNION FOR  EVER followed by an horizontal script US with fine leaf foliate continuing to the end of the panel.

Reverse: this side has a typical Clauberg stamp in an oval surrounding the standing knight. The blade etching is gold washed and has the typical elaborately etched Eagle with sun burst above and the E. Pluribus Unum in a ribbon, then intricate floral and leafy vine etching to the end.

Scabbard is German silver plated brass, it has a couple tiny dents near the bottom, has all original mounts. The grip is Spiral silver with brass gilt wire, and the hilt is the typical 3-branch fancy relief cast guard with high-quality chase work. $13,000.00

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UC003. HIGH-GRADE STAFF & FIELD SWORD – BAILEY & CO., PHILADELPHIA: This is an amazing sword, and one that will be a center piece in any collection. In fact, this sword is featured on the cover of John H. Thillmann’s second sword book Civil War Army Sword and is the exact sword described on page 287-289. Bailey & Co., supplied high-quality swords and this presentation-grade sword has very fine lines and an extremely handsome appearance. The grip is sterling silver cast and chased to look and feel like shark-skin. The pommel cap is ornate with a standing eagle on top; the Damascus blade is Clauberg maker marked and retailer marked Bailey & Co, and had amazing etching to include a battle field scene, and the scabbard has ornate mounts that retain much original gold wash. If you have John’s book please look at his description.  When this sword was first released for sale it was priced at $16,500.00; however, it is available at a much reduced price. $13,000.00  

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UC004. SAUERBIER TYPE 3 CAVARLY OFFICER SABER, 2ND VARIATION: This is a Sauerbier Type 3 Cavalry Officers saber, 2nd Variation.  It is an ornate saber with a German silver spiral grip with triple-stand brass wire. It has a deeply cast pommel cap with two mother or pearl inlays, a Union shield on top and a large cameo of George Washington on the back side. Both inlays are in perfect condition with no blemishes. The triple branch guard retains much of the original gold wash. The bright blade is held tight by the original scalloped leather washer. The etching is simple outstanding with much original frosting, no rust.  The scabbard design is truly magnificent and among the best of Sauerbier’s work. Steel body of the scabbard has a great brown patina and all the fancy mounts retain much original gold wash and all original screws.  The back side of the ring mounts has two heart designs whereas the back of the drag has an open shield design. This is a great saber and will only increase in value. $12,000.00

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UC005. TIFFANY PRESENTATION M1850 STAFF & FIELD SWORD - "G" CO. NY 48TH VOLUNTARY INFANTRY: This is a Presentation sword from Tiffany, New York with a Collins dated blade. In the early years of the Civil War high-grade presentation swords were not yet available and as a result the early presentation sword were often the standard M1850 Foot Officer and Staff & Field sword swords, as is the case with this one.  This is the basis M1850 Staff & Field sword retailed by Tiffany. The hilt is the large basket design with US in it, grip is 100% shark-skin with triple twisted wire, an 1861 dated Collins blade, with is Tiffany etched. The scabbard has a nice brown patina with brass mounts, all which have nice chase work. On the front of the top mount is a large US and on the reverse is the presentation: “Presented by the Members of Company G 48th Reg NYSV Capt A. Edmendorf January 1, 1862.”

Captain Anthony Elmendorf joined the 48th New York on 26 July 1861, at Brooklyn, New York, his home of residence. He was promoted to captain on 26 August of that year. He was 20 or 21 years old at the time. He was given command of 'G' Company, which he had helped organize. Elmendorf's proficiency in drill acquired in the Thirteenth Regiment New York Militia obtained him his appointment as captain and to him was assigned the duty for a time of drilling the officers of the regiment until this duty was assumed by Colonel Perry himself. He was at Fort Pulaski, and later discharged on 19 April 1864 after submitting his resignation. I am waiting on copies of his military record and pension file for more information.

This is a great early New York state presentation sword with great eye appeal and descent history. $4700.00

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