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U375. BRITISH PATTERN 1822 CAVALRY OFFICER'S SABER FISH-TAIL POMMEL:  This saber is Soligen made and dates from the 1850s through the Civil War, and can be seen in several photos of Civil War cavalry officers. The back strap is designed to taper into a fish-tail type pommel cap rather than the bird's head usually seen. The gold-wash blade is Clauberg maker marked and "Iron Proof" on the spine, and retains the original blade washer, and the hilt retains much original gold-wash and a pleasing brown patina on the exposed brass. The hilt is tight and the grip is 100% original shark-skin and triple wire. The scabbard is brown metal with brass mounts. This is one of the best examples I have seen of this style saber! $2900.00

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U569.  M1850 MOUNTED INFANTRY OFFICERS SWORD, EMERSON & SILVER: The Emerson & Silver Company located in Trenton, NJ was a fine example of a mid-19th century sword maker with a significant presence during the Civil War. This example with a metal scabbard is a M1850 Mounted Infantry Officer sword, which is rare compared to the standard M1850 Foot Officers sword. The hilt is tight with generous amounts of original gold-wash, 100% original shark-skin grip with triple strain wire, and a 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. This is a difficult sword to fine in such nice condition. $2100.00

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U651. AMES M1860 NAVAL CUTLASS & SCABBARD: This is an Ames M1860 Naval Cutlass complete with the original scabbard. The hilt is tight with 100% original leather and no wire, which is common. Its rack number is 12M 655. The blade is Ames marked and dates 1862, but no inspection mark making this most likely a state or Army purchased cutlass. The leather blade washer is original, and there is some minor surfacepitting. The scabbard is original and complete including the tip and all rivets. It has a few soft spots, but no breaks, and has taken on a brown patina to the leather. It is not often that you find a cutlass complete with the scabbard. $1300.00

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U652. M1850 STAFF & FIELD SWORD, HORSTMANN: This M1850 Staff & Field sword was retailed by Horstmann.  It is in great condition with 95% original gold wash on the brass, a frosty blade, and a dent free scabbard. The slight wear on the sword indicates it was carried, but not abused and well maintained. Also, note the ring mounts do not have the bands, which indicates early production.  Truly, a great looking sword! $2800.00

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U673. GETTYSBURG - ROBY PRESENTATION M1850 STAFF & FIELD SWORD, CHAPLAIN 111TH NEW YORK INFANTRY: This sword came out of a long-time collection of New York State identified swords, and a search of records at the National Archives, as well as all Civil War data base files, reveal only one Field & Staff Officers associated with this name.

John Nelson Brown

 Chaplain 111th New York Volunteer Infantry

The presentation reads:

Presented to

Lieut J. N. Brown

by H. S. Brown

He is the only Staff & Field officer (Chaplain) associated with this name for all New York regiments, as well as all other State troops fighting for the Union. Chaplain Brown was mustered in August 1862 and was with the regiment when it surrendered at Harper’s Ferry in September 1862. He was present for the Battle of Gettysburg, and is documented as being on the front line preaching to the soldiers, and giving comfort to the injured and dying during the battle. He would be present during the Battle of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania, as well as Cold Harbor and the Siege of Petersburg.

This style sword was authorized for carry by all S & F officers regardless of rank, and since Chaplain's did hold dual rank in the Civil War and were assigned to a Staff & Field position, the sword is appropriate for him as a Lieutenant and Chaplain. The identity of the presenter H. S. Brown is currently unknown, but most likely is a relative.

The sword is made by Roby, Chelmsford Massachusetts. The hilt is tight and retains good traces of original gold wash, and has 100% original shark-skin grip and triple strand wire. The blade is bright and frosty with outstanding etching. The scabbard is dent free, retains all original mounts, and the presentation on the top Roby marking are east to read. Included with the sword is a binder containing historical information, and Browns’ military and pension file.  This sword has been hidden away for many years in a private collection and only recently surfaced for sale.  Here is an opportunity to not only own a piece of Civil War history, but a sword carried by a Chaplain during the pivotal battle of Gettysburg. $5800.00

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U679. AMES TYPE-2 M1850 STAFF & FIELD SWORD: This is an earlier version of the Ames M1850 Type-2 Staff & Field sword as is evident by the block etched US on the blade. The hilt is tight with no movement, and retains original gold on the basket, but not the pommel cap or scabbard mounts. The remaining bass has a mixed reddish-brown patina. The shark-skin grip and double strand wire is 100% original. The blade washer holds the blade is tight.  Blade length is 32 inches and retains much original frosting with the standard eagle; block etched US and Ames marking. The type-2 scabbard is complete with all brass fittings and original screws. It is dent free and the brass mounts have the same matching patina as the hilt.  The blue scabbard has taken on a nice rich brown patina. $2100.00

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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.  $1800.00

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U695. BOSTON M1850 FOOT OFFICER SWORD - HAMILTON RUDDICK, BOSTON: This sword was inspected by a well-respected sword-smith who identified the sword has being made by Hamilton Ruddick, Boston.  This is only the second known M1850 Foot Officer Sword made by this maker and very rare. The guard retains 50% plus original gold wash and it tight. The grip looks to be shark-skin, but is in fact a thin metal foil (German silver or pewter) and is also rare to see. The blade is bright with deep etching and no rust, pitting or nicks. The scabbard is very solid with all original mounts and screws with surface crazing on the bottom portion. $1150.00

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U704. M1850 FOOT OFFICERS SWORD – COLLINS & Co. MADE - RETAILED BY FELLOW & Co.: This is a high quality M1850 Foot Officers sword produced by Collins & Co. Hartford Conn, and retailed by  Fellows & Co. New York. I believe most collectors are familiar with Collins & Co. The hilt is tight with 100% original shark-skin grip with Dragoon wire and two single wires. The bright frosty blade is held tight with the original red felt blade washer. The blade is Collins maker marked; dated 1862, retailer marked Fellows & Co. New York, and has great etching to include “U S” - “Liberty or Death” – “Union there is Strength” and a perched eagles. The scabbard is steel with all original fancy brass mount, and has great patina. Fellows & Co. was in business in Tory, NY north of Albany and this not a listed supplier of military good, appears to have ventured into that business during the Civil War. $2200.00

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U706. NON-REGULATION FOOT OFFICERS SWORD: This is a Non-Regulation Foot Officers sword. The patina is an even deep gray on the steel hilt and the deep brown on the scabbard. The blade shows some wear, but still bright with much original frosting. The guard and grip is tight, the wire is original twisted steel with two side wires, and the original shark-skin grip is complete with a few wear spots. The blade is maker marked W. Walscheid Solingen with the brass prove mark. $775.00

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U708. CLAUBERG – M1850 STAFF & FIELD SWORD: This is a Clauberg M1850 Staff & Field sword. The hilt has a little wiggle as a result of the blade washer being gone; however, it is in great shape with a good amount of original gold wash. The grip is 70% original shark skin with only one strand of original wire. The blade is over-bright with a dark area near the hilt a spot above the US and Eagle. The etching is strong with original frosting. It never was sharpened and has a sharp point. The scabbard has all original brown finish, except above the top mount, most likely due to being held there by an officer. The mounts have nice chase work and lots of gold wash. The drag is dented on the back side, but has a nice eagle design. $1700.00

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U710. M1840 MUSICIAN SWORD – EMERSON & SILVER: This is an Emerson & Silver Musician sword complete with the original metal scabbard. The hilt is tight with a nice even patina. The blade is bright under a light gray patina is shows better than in the photos. It had never been sharpened. It is Emerson & Silver maker marked, and inspection marked US/DFM/1863, DFM is also marked on the guard. The scabbard is complete with all mounts and screws, and is undented on its body, but the drag show plenty of wear dings. You will often see the selling in the $500-$750 range, but I do not believe they command that high of a price even if mint. This might not be mint, but it is a lot of sword at this price. Shipping is included. $350.00

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U721. M1850 FOOT OFFICERS SWORD, HORSTMANN - EARLY PRODUCTION: This M1850 Foot Officers by Horstmann & Son is an early version produced in the 1850s and was commonly sold to Southern states prior to the Civil War. Two indicator of these early sword, are the un-etched blade and the lack of ring bands on the top mounts. The sword is in great condition with 100 % original grip and wire, and a tight hilt. The blade is maker marked and has a nice deep gray patina. The leather scabbard is strong with no breaks, has all mounts, which retain a good amount of gold wash. I have priced this below market value. $995.00

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U723. PRESENTATION M1850 STAFF & FIELD OFFICERS SWORD, 149TH NEW YORK: This M1850 Staff & Field sword was presented to Lieutenant William Savage, Company C, 149th New York Volunteers. He enlisted on 8/23/1862 at Syracuse, NY as a 2nd Lieutenant; was commissioned into "C" Co. NY 149th Infantry and was discharged on 3/29/1863. For unknown reasons, Lt. Savage’s had a short enlistment. During his time with the regiment it served in Casey's Division, defenses of Washington, from September 26, 1862; in the 3d Brigade, 2d Division, 12th Corps, from September 30, 1862; in the 3d Brigade, 2d Division, 20th Corps and took part in the following engagements: Near Ripon, Va. November 9, 1862--no loss, and Charleston, W. Va. December 2, 1862--no loss. Lt. Savage was with his command during the march to Fredericksburg and the Mud March, but was discharge just prior to the Chancellorsville Campaign. The sword shows evidence of being carried, but is in great shape. The hilt is tight and great chase work with some traces of original gold wash. The sharkskin grip is 100% with its double-strand wire. The original white-buff blade washer keeps the blade tight. The sword is maker marked Collins & Co. and dated 1862, and retailer marked Willard & Hawley Syracuse, NY. The blade has a gray patina with strong etching. The scabbard is a work of art with embossed leather and high grade mounts. The top mount has a raised Federal Eagle and is engraved with the presentation

Presented to

LIEUt. Wm. SAVAGE

149th N.Y.V.

by Co. C.

The middle mount has a large US on the back side, and the drag has great chase work. This is a great sword with outstanding eye appeal. $2700.00

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U724. M1850 STAFF & FIELD SWORD – KLINGENTHAL: This M1850 Staff & Field sword is French made in region of Klingenthal, and is the higher grade version with additional chase work on the reverse side of the guard, guard branch and pommel cap. This style sword is a little scarcer then the standard version. The hilt is tight with 85% plus gold wash. The sharkskin grip and twisted wire are 100% original, and the original red felt blade washer hold the 32 inch blade tight. The blade is free of dings and dents and has strong etching with original frosting. The scabbard is has all the original brown finish, retains all mounts and fits tight to the sword.  This sword has great eye appeal and will be an outstand addition to a collection. $1875.00

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U725. AMES M1860 CAVALRY SABER, 1862 DATES: This early Civil War dated Ames M1860 cavalry saber is in near-mint condition. The grip is 100% brown leather with some minor wear, and 100% original twisted wire. The guard and pommel cap are tight and have a nice patina. The pommel cap has an H inspection mark. The blade is all original and bright with a few minor nicks. It is Ames marked and inspection marked U.S./G.G.S./ 1862 and retains the original blade washer. The scabbard is dents free and marked H.R. on the drag.  Early ones like this are hard to find. Several years ago this saber sold for $2000.00, but is available for less. $1400.00

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U726. M1850 STAFF & FIELD / MOUNTED OFFICERS SWORD: This sword is considered a Staff & Field sword because of the size of the guard, but also thought to be a Mounted Officers sword because of the metal scabbard. The hilt and pommel cap are tight with a pleasing patina, and the grip retains 100% original sharkskin grip and triple-strand wire. The bright blade has the original blade washer, is maker marked Clauberg and retailer marked Schuyler Hartley & Graham New York. The etching is frosty with a center panel with US and one with the spread eagle. The steel scabbard has a pleasing brown patina and dent free with evidence of wear on the drag.  $1375.00

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U727. CLAUBERG SPIRAL GRIP MODEL 1850 PRESENTATION-GRADE SWORD: This though not maker marked, is a Clauberg German silver Spiral Grip Model 1850 Presentation-Grade sword with a gold washed blade and a silver plated scabbard. The hilt is ornate with a sculpted American eagle in the guard and the eagle-head quillion, and a fancy pommel cap. The blade is bright an in near-mint condition with gold washed etching. The scabbard is silver plated with gilt relief cast mounts with panoplies of arms and Lady Liberty. $3400.00

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U729. 152nd NEW YORK INFANTRY REGIMENT IDENTIFIED OFFICERS SWORD: This sword is identified to Captain William R. Wall, 152nd New York Infantry Regiment. He is the only Union officer with this name. He was 24 at the time of his 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 time of service, the regiment left the state and served in the Provisional Brigade, Afcercrombie’s Division, in the defense of Washington from October 1862 in the District of Washington. This short stay in the military accounts for the high quality condition of this sword. The hilt is the large version Foot Officers style with 100% original shark-skin grip and double-strand wire. The blade is Collins made and dated 1862, and retailer marked Schuyler Hartley & Graham, New York. This blade is in mint condition with original frosting and a panel with the spread eagle and one with the U S. The scabbard is strong with some crazing and a little leather lose with a door ding would be. The mounts all have a pleasing look with the reverse side on the top mount marked Wm. R Wall.  $2500.00

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U732. AMES M1852 NAVAL OFFICER SWORD: This Ames M1852 Naval Officer sword is in great near-mint condition. A fellow dearer valued it at $3200.00; however, my price will be well below his assessment. The hilt and pommel cap have 95% original gold wash and are tight, and the grip and wire are 100% original and complete. The letter A is on the pommel cap. The blade is Ames marked and frosty, but has a few dark spots, but no rust or pitting. Also it is free of dings and micks. The Ames scabbard is strong with all its mounts, which retain generous amounts of gold wash. $2350.00

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U733. M1840 NCO SWORD – AMES: This early dated (1862) M1840 NCO sword made Ames. The sword shows evidence of being carried, but not abused. The brass has a nice patina; the original red blade washer is presents, the inspection mark ACH is on the guard and drag, with A.D.K. on the blade. The blade is bright with no nicks or rust and has a shape point. The leather scabbard is strong with expected crazing and a little leather loss near the bottom mount, but retains all original rivets. Early dated NCO swords are rare to find, especially in such nice condition.  $525.00

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U734. M1840 MUSICIAN SWORD – EMERSON & SILVER / HORSTMAN: This M1840 Musician sword was made by Emerson & Silver, but retailed by Horstman. It is an early piece most likely made prior to or at the beginning of the Civil War since it has the early Key Stone mark of Emerson & Silver, a metal scabbard with the two rivet top mount and the three rivet drag, and Horstman PHILa mark. The hilt it tight with all brass having matching patina. The 28 inch blade has a nice gray patina, no nicks, and a sharp point. The scabbard has much of the original finish and the drag has several dents indicating it was carried. The majority of Musician swords you will see were made by Ames, so it is rare to find one made by Emerson & Silver and retailed by Horstman. At this price, you can’t go wrong. $350.00

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