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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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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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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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U702. M1850 FOOT OFFICERS SWORD This is a great example of a M1850 Foot Officers sword. It has no foreign characteristics from Solingen, England or France, and all indications of being American made, but it unmarked. The hilt is tight with traced of gold wash and great reddish-brown patina, which is matching on the scabbard mounts. The black leather grip is 100% original with double-strand wire. The red felt blade washer is original and holds the blade tight. The blade, which more curved than normal, is bright, nick free, and has light original frosting. The scabbard leather is reverse stitch, strong with no breaks, but with normal crazing and some loss of leather from normal wear. $1125.00

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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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U707. AMES M1850 STAFF & FIELD SWORD: This known as a Type-2 Ames M1850 Staff & Field sword. This hilt is tight with traces of gold wash, and a tight grip with 100% original shark-skin and wire. The original blade washer holds the blade tight, and the etching is strong with much original frosting, but some areas of surface peppers spotting. It has never been sharpened and has a sharp point. The scabbard still has the original bluing with no dents or dings, and retains all original mounts with some original gold wash.  $2100.00

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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. $300.00

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U711. AMES SHORT ARTILLERY SWORD, DATES 1842: This is an Ames Short Artillery sword dated 1842. It was recently discovered in great untouched attic condition and fresh to the collector market. The hilt has a deep dark brown patina and looks amazing. The cross guard has the inspection initials W.A.T. The blade is tight, never sharpened, has the Eagle, N. P. Ames, Springfield maker marks, and inspection mark United States/1842/JCB. Often you fine these blades buffed-out to be bright; this one is bright with great age blemished and never cleaned. The scabbard did its job of protecting the blade. The scabbard is very solid with light crazing with no breaks or weak spots. Both mounts are original and only the two front rivets on the top throat piece are missing. $1050.00

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U718. AMES M1833 SHORT ARTILLERY SWORD & WHITE BUFF LEATHER RIG: This is an Ames M1833 Short Artillery sword complete with its original white buff leather rig. The sword blade is near-mint, never sharpened, Ames marked and dated 1838. The cross guard and the tip of the drag are stamped MS for Massachusetts. The scabbard is solid with crazing, and a period repair. The white buff leather rig is complete with the US buckle and in outstanding condition. It is for sale below market value. $1900.00

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