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ACRYLIC SWORD & SCABBARD STAND: This pair of acrylic sword & scabbard stands was designed to hold one sword and its scabbard. Each is 5 inches tall and designed with square edge groves to prevent the sword or scabbard from flipping over as often happens with similar stands with a rounded cut. They will accommodate swords of all sized from small bowie knives to cavalry sabers.  This design presents a very clean and crisp display that is attractive. $27.00

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RARE HEINISCH BOWIE KNIFE

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

The saber is a classic M1840 Cavalry Officers' saber in near-mint condition with a little wear.  The quillion adornment has a radiating fan near the top edge, the two branches have a laurel leaf cast design, and the pommel cap has the regulation Phrygian helmet pattern. The grip is shark-skin with braded wire. The hilt is tight and retains generous amounts of original gold wash, and the mint frosty blade is held tight by the original leather washer. The 35 " blade is adorned with an Eagle, "E PLURIBUS UNUM," cross cannons, and a large US. The scabbard throat, suspension rings and drag are high-quality brass, and the ring mounts have a heavy brass center band with a raised-line border and are friction fitted.  The scallop cut drag is the same design as the bands but secured with a screw.  This is an excellent example of a M1840 Cavalry Officers' saber believed to have been carried by Lt. George Montgomery Fleming, but is only priced for the condition of the saber. $2900.00

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U494. CLAUBERG CAVALRY OFFICER'S SABER with GERMAN SILVER HILT & SCABBARD: This is a high-grade/presentation quality sword, which shows evidence of being carried into battle.  It is a Clauberg product and shows the quality for which they are known.  The brass has taken on a deep rich reddish-brown patina. The German silver grip is 100% original. The guard is missing its two branched, which were either sheared off by being struck by some type of ordinance or a fall by the rider. The original blade washer holds the 35 1/2-inch blade tight. The blade has an even gray patina, which enhances the blades superb etching. The German silver scabbard retains its original wood liners which keeps the blade from rattling.  All the mounts are complete with original screws and have beautiful chase work! The scabbard alone is worth $1200.00 by itself. $1600.00

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

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

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

Overview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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U735. M1850 FOOT SWORD: This M1850 Foot Officer sword was found with a Confederate scabbard; however, the sword is not Confederate made, but has unique feature that indicated it was made for an officers from a southern state, either prior to or at the beginning of the Civil War. Many northern manufactures were filling contracts for southern officers and their states, and often altered the maker mark or left them off to conceal their identify. This sword is marked PARIS; however, there were no retainers in Paris France selling sword to either the Union or Confederacy and this mark exist to only hide the identity of the true maker, which was Roby. To date, this is the only known example of this bogus mark. One might ask: How do you know it is a Roby sword?  If you do a side-by-side comparison, you will see the grip and wire style conforms to Roby and the etching style and pattern well.  I have attached several photos of etching on a marked Roby and when you do a comparison you see the similarities. The guard is tight with original shark-skin grip and wire. The blade is bright with great etching, but the quality of the steel is not up to the standard Roby sword and there is a great casting flaw by the etched U.S.  ALso, there are corn stocks etched in the blade. Obviously, the sword did not meet the quality of a Roby and was sold south.  The Confederate scabbard has since been reunited with a Confederate blade, so only the sword is for sale. What an interesting sword! $350.00

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

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

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

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

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

PRESENTED

TO

CAPT. WM W. MCKIM

ASSISTANT/ QUARTERMASTER U.S.A.

BY

NATHL MCKAY

OF BOSTON

MAY 10TH AD 1862

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

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

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

Presented to

CaptCharles C Conley

CoF 133d Penn’a V

July4, 1862

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

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

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SAUERBIER M1850 S & F SWORD – PRESENTED TO JOHNATHAN F HARRINGTON, CO “A” 72nd OVI

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

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

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

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AMES, DATED & INSPECTED 1862, MODEL 1850 STAFF & FIELD SWORD

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U775. SAUERBIER M1850 S & F SWORD – PRESENTED – CAPTAIN MICHAEL MURNAME - "I" CO. NY 169TH INFANTRY: This presentation sword is a product of Sauerbier from New Jersey, and though it is not maker marked it has several features that are unique to Sauerbier: The pommel cap’s shape and inlayed mother-of-pearl stones; black leather grip; unstopped main fuller with a small secondary one above; large US etching style; and the scabbard throat piece. The hilt design is a non-regulation style also often found on Sauerbier sword. The original red felt washer holds the blade tight. The original frosting is gone but the blade etching is strong with a nice even gray patina. The scabbard is complete with all original mounts and original brown finish and is free of dents. The presentation on the top mounts reads as follows.

Presented

To

Capt Murmane

By his friends in the

City of Troy

Michael Murname was from Troy New York and was a roller ateither the Rensselaer Iron Works or the Burden Iron Works both before and after the Civil War. He enlisted as a Captain, "I" Co. NY 169th Infantry on 9/20/1862 and was discharged on 12/31/1862 at Chain Bridge, Potomac River. However, there is a muster sheet dated May & June 1863 and another placing him Raleigh N.C. July 19, 1865, which are indication he rejoined the unit and remained with it the entire war. $3375.00

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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AMESM1840 MUSICIAN’S SWORD

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U789. AMES – M1840 LIGHT ARTILLERY SABER, 1863: Every so often I see a sword with amazing patina and regardless of its condition, I must buy it.  The hilt and pommel cap on this Ames M1840 Artillery Light Saber has a deep rich patina that say, “I am fresh from the attic.” It even has some small paint speckles. The grip is 50% original leather with no wire and you can see the wood. The blade was never sharpened; the point is sharp, and its patina is a salt & pepper gray. Also, the Ames maker make is clear as is the D. R 1863 inspection mark. The D.R marks is also on the guard. The original scabbard has a deep brown patina with pock-marks in the drag area but is solid. Shipping is included in this price. $495.00

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