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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 and yet inexpensive. One pair free with a sword purchase, or for sale. $27.00

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U647. GETTYSBURG,  LITTLE ROUND TOP - PRESENTATION SWORD BELONGING TO LIEUTENANT  COL. JAMES C. RICE: The existence of this sword and the fact it survived the war was just discovered. It is a Horstmann M1850 Staff & Field, Heavily Curved Blade with a Silver-Foiled Scabbard. The hilt is the standard designed with shark-skin grip and triple wire with a standard etched blade marked Horstmann on both sides, and a good amount of original frosting. The Silver-Foiled Scabbard has rarely been seen and is more properly referred to as “close plating.” John Thillmann writes about this style Horstmann sword and scabbard in his book on Civil War Army Swords; pages 328-329. The scabbard body is original to the sword, fits like a glove and shows evidence of being carried. It has uncommon fancy brass mounts which retain original screws. In fact, you can see plating worn-off in areas exposing the underlying steel. This is especially noticeable between the top two mounts where the carrying officer would hold the scabbard. As of result, the engraved presentation, which is on the back side of the scabbard, is worn down and not noticeable at first, which account for its unknown existence for so long.  On close examination the presentation reads:

Lieut. Col. Rice, Forty-fourth Regiment N. Y. S. V. Presented by his Albany Friends.'

Most of the presentation swords during the early years of the Civil War were not fancy as those seen in later years. Often they were standard sword with maybe a fancier scabbard, and the presentation engraved on or between the mounts.

Rice was born in Worthington, Mass., Dec. 27, 1829. He attended school, but was mainly self-educated until he entered Yale, where he graduated in 1854. He engaged in teaching for a while at Natchez, Miss., became literary editor of a newspaper, and then commenced the study of law. A year later he removed to New York City, where he was admitted to the bar in 1856 and began to practice. When the Civil War began, Rice enlisted as a private on 28 May 1861 in the 39th New York Infantry Regiment quickly, was chosen adjutant and becoming a Captain of Company B and fought at the First Battle of Bull Run. Rice was mustered out of the 39th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment on 12 Sep 1861. The next day Rice became lieutenant colonel of the newly formed 44th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment (also known as People's Ellsworth Regiment).

Shortly afterward he became colonel of the regiment; he led it in the Peninsula Campaign at Yorktown, Hanover Court House, Gaines' Mill, and Malvern Hill. At the Second Battle of Bull Run (Manassas), Colonel Rice took command of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, V Corps when its commander, Daniel Butterfield took command of the consolidated 1st and 2nd Brigades and other ranking officers were wounded on the second day of battle. Rice returned to command of the 44th New York and led it at the battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville.

At the Battle of Gettysburg, Rice and his regiment were sent to the defense of Little Round Top. During the fighting, brigade commander Colonel Strong Vincent was mortally wounded and Rice once again assumed command of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, V Corps and led it for the remainder of the battle. He performed distinguished service at Gettysburg while commanding a brigade during the second day's fight, by holding the extreme left of the line against repeated attacks and defending Round Top from a flank movement. For this he received a Brigadier-General's commission in the volunteer army Aug. 17, 1863.

In March, 1864 General Rice was in command ofthe 2nd Brigade, 4th Division, V Corps which he led in the advance on Mine Run and in the operations in the Wilderness, and was mortally wounded at Laurel Hill, VA. As he lay dying he muttered the words "turn me over that I may die with my face to the enemy." He died on the Spotsylvania battlefield on May 10, 1864. He was buried at Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, New York.

On receiving his appointment in the 44th  New York, Lieut. Col. Rice was the recipient of a beautiful sword, belt, &c., from the ladies and gentlemen of Albany. The following account of the presentation is taken from the Albany Evening Journal of October 19th, 1861:

A large company of ladies and gentlemen met at the house of A. McClure last evening, on the occasion of the presentation of sword, &c., to Lieut. Col. Rice, of the Ellsworth regiment. Among those present were Gov. Morgan, Hon. Erastus Corning, John G. Saxe, Esq., and other distinguished citizens. The Presentation Address was made by Mrs. William Barnes, who spoke with great feeling and in a vein of patriotic fervor, which stirred the hearts of all who listened. It will be long before the recipient will forget her eloquent words and impressive counsels. Lieut. Col. Rice responded in an address marked at once by earnestness and scholarly finish. He pledged those present that the sword, of which he was the recipient, should return to its scabbard, when the war was ended, untarnished; and that no friend should have cause to blush over his record. He was deeply affected, and spoke with the pathos of earnest feeling.

"The sword is beautifully finished, and bears the following inscription: 'Lieut. Col. Rice, Forty-fourth Regiment N. Y. S. V. Presented by his Albany Friends.'

The wear on the sword and scabbard indicates it was carried by RIce, and most likely saw service in the early battles of the Civil War to possibly include Gettysburg.

Silver plated scabbard are difficult to photograph, so I apologies for the quality of the photos. The sword looks better when held in your hands.

a binder completed of all military records for Rice, and a CD Disk of the history of the 44th New York Regiment is included. This is a momentous find and extremely important historic artifact related to the American Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg. $18,000.00

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U646. SAUERBIER STAFF & FIELD SABER: This is a unmarked high-grade Sauerbier saber with an ornate hilt with a perched eagle on the pommel cap, a fully etched curved blade, and a high-grade scabbard with detail chase work. This is the only known example of this style saber I have ever seen. $4500.00

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U700. TOMES, SON & MELVAIN CAVALRY OFFICER SABER: This is an import Cavalry Officer Saber retailed by Tomes, Son & Melvain, New York; 1859-1864. It is a typical import saber, but with exceptional etching. The faint Tomes, Son & Melvain retailer mark is pen-etched in the ricasso area. Continue up the blade to find a knight in armor, an eagle holds an E. Pluribus Unum banner, cross musket, a sword, and the head of an Alligator. The Alligator head is very unusual and makes this a possible pre-war purchased by a Southern officer. On the opposite side of the blade is an unfurled flags, U. S., a rider less horse, a crossed sword and bugle, and the head of an eagle with a large beak.  All this etching is visible to the eye, but faint. The blade is free of rust or pitting, has a few very small dings, and appears to have been clean in its past. The two original blade washers blade prevent movement. The grip retains 100% original sharkskin and wire; center dragoon strand with two flanking stands. The scabbard body is dent and rust free with all original brass mounts. The screws for the throat piece and the drag might not be original, and the drag has a door dent. A Tomes, Son & Melvain saber is a rare find. $1400.00

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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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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, and retain a good amount of gold wash. $950.00

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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.  $1200.00

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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, Abercrombie’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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U733. M1840 NCO SWORD – AMES: This is an early dated (1862) Ames M1840 NCO. 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 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 hard to find, especially in such nice condition. I have seen similar swords of lesser quality priced above $600. The is available for less, and is a lot of sword for under $500. $475.00

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U734.M1840 MUSICIAN SWORD – HORSTMANN – EMERSON & SILVER : This M1840 Musician sword was retailed by Horstmann, but has the early Key Stone maker mark and metal scabbard of Emerson & Silver. The two rivet top mount and three rivet drag, as well as the Horstman PHILa mark, are good indicators that this is an early piece made prior to or at the beginning of the Civil War. This hilt is tight with all its brass having matching patina with the scabbard. 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 were made by Ames, so it is rare to find one made by Emerson & Silver and retailed by Horstmann.  At this price, you can’t go wrong. $325.00

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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! $475.00

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U736. IDENTIFIED - 176TH PENNSYLVANIA VOLUNTEER MILITIA M1850 FOOT OFFICERS SWORD: This Model 1850 Foot Officer Sword is identified to Lieutenant Phillip W. Flores of the 176th Pennsylvania Volunteer Militia. The complete grouping was discovered in an estate in Reading, PA.  Phillip W. Flores was born August 9, 1832 in Dillingersville, PA and died February 24, 1908. He enlisted in the 176th Pennsylvania Volunteer Militia in October of 1862 and was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant of Company K on December 6, 1862. He was honorably discharged August 18, 1863 as a 1st Lieutenant. After his service, he worked for the Internal Revenue Service and also spent much time studying and writing about local history. He had an active part in the formation of the Lehigh County Historical Society. The sword is complete with its original leather scabbard and all mounts; however, the drag is loose because it’s missing a screw. The sword is marked "Iron Proof" and the number 88 on the spine and has frosty etching and no rust. The scabbard drag is also marked number "88”. Sword is in excellent condition and very tight. When discovered, it was found with a nicely framed original lithograph Honorable Discharge for Phillip W. Flores. It was dated 1883 at bottom right and is a piece of art by itself.  It is in an old frame which measures 35" x 29." Also, there is a tin-type (Sixth Plate: 2.75 x 3.25 inches (7 x 8 cm) image and a framed image presumed to be Phillip W. Flores. Included is an original marriage certificate for Emma Flores: Certificate is dated 1898. I would presume this is a daughter or granddaughter. Note that Emma Flores was from Dillingersville, PA., which is where Phillip Flores was born and died. The 176th Pennsylvania Volunteer Militia militia regiment, composed of seven companies from Lehigh county and three from Monroe, was mustered in at Philadelphia in Nov., 1862, for nine months, and left for Suffolk, Va., the same month. It joined the force which moved under Gen. Foster, from New Berne to Charleston and was employed in guard, picket and other duties in this vicinity during its entire term of service. At Harrisburg Aug. 18, 1863, it was mustered out.

The grouping includes the sword, the framed discharge document, the tin-type, framed image, and the daughters marriage certificate, which helps tie the entire group together. Shipping will require addition packing at $100.00 and is figured into the price. If you are able to pick it up in Phoenix, I will deduct the $100.00 from the price. $2200.00

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U737.  SAUERBIER M1850 FOOT OFFICERS SWORD: This M1850 Foot Officers sword is a product of Sauerbier from New Jersey, and is marked as such on the blade. The hilt has a US in the basket; the grip is black leather with triple-strand wire; the pommel-cap has a distinct Sauerbier shape with a screw attachment with the guard. Finally, the blade has the large block US and an unstopped fuller. The steel scabbard has a deep brown finish with all original mounts. $1900.00  

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U740. AMES M1850 FOOT OFFICERS SWORD, PRESENTATION 52ND.  MASSACHUSETTS REGIMENT: This Ames M1850 Foot Officers sword was presented to Lieutenant Alfonso A. Ballou, 52nd Massachusetts Infantry. The 52nd was a nine-month unit and served in the Dept. of the Gulf, and was engaged in operation on Western Louisiana at Irish Bend and Port Hudson.   Lieutenant Ballou enlisted 9/11/1862, was commissioned 10/11/1862 and mustered out 8/14/1863.  During his time in Louisiana, he sustained a gun-shot wound to his foot while cleaning his gun.  The sword retains 95% plus original gold wash on the guard and mounts, with 100% original shark-skin grip and twisted wire. The blade is Ames marked and has the earlier block lettered US and early federal eagle. The blade has much original frosting, but large areas of dark spots and oxidation. The top mount has the presentation:

    Lt. A A Ballou

    52 nd Regt Mass Vols

    Presented by

    The Citizens of Orange

This is another fine example of an early Massachusetts presentation sword to an officer involved in the Port Hudson Campaign. $2900.00

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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 is 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. $2350.00

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U744. EMERSON & SILVER, RISING PHOENIX - SILVER HILT S&F SWORD: This Emerson & Silver, rising Phoenix hilt with a silver hilt is a difficult sword to find, and is often missing from many collections. This sword shows evidence of being carried with expected wear and nicks on the blade, and a worn down drag. 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 spread eagle and US. The scabbard has 100% of the original finish with all mounts, but missing the drag screw. The mounts have outstanding chase work to include US on the throat piece. $2700.00

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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. $1500.00

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U745. NASHUA ARILLERY MODEL 1832 FOOT ARTILLERT SWORD: This is a Nashua Artillery M1832 Short Artillery sword. The Nashua Artillery was a pre-Civil war (1830-1850’s) militia unit from Nashua New Hampshire. This sword is very rare and most likely saw Civil War service with a New Hampshire Artillery unit as is evident for its condition. The sword is complete with its original brass scabbard. The sword is 25 inches long with a 19 inch blade by 1 1/2 inch blade. The hilt has an even mustard color patina with a deep stamped eagle on both sides of the pommel and brass rivets. The blade is inspected marked “United States” “1839” “JH” and the Ames make with the eagle. The blade is etched Nashua Artillery, military arms, and an eagle with an E Pluribus Unum banner. It shows wear and surface pitting. The original scabbard is missing the top two screws and the brass ball at the scabbards end. This is a very rare sword and seldom available. $1900.00  

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U750. M1852 NAVAL OFFICER SWORD, ID’ed to ACTING MASTER MATE: This M1852 Naval Officers sword is identified to Acting Master Mate Robert B. Crapo. Robert Bruce Crapo was born 1830 in Massachusetts and served on a Whaling Ship prior to the Civil War. He enlisted in the Navy, 26 June 1862 as an Acting Master Mate and served on the USS WISSAHICKON, which saw action, and later in 1864 he transferred to the USS SUWANEE, and was promoted to Acting Ensign. He remained in the Navy until December, 1867 and died at the age of 40 in 1870.

The M1852 Naval sword is not maker marked. The blade has great etching to include a Fouled Anchor and a Master Mate holding a boat oar, and the date 1861 on the right side on the left side a long-boat with sailors with raised oars and the US flag, and large block letters U.S.N.  The blade has some dark spots, but no pitting.  The hilt is tight with the original blade washer and original white shark-skin grip and double strand wire. The top of the pommel cap has great chase-work depicting a sea dauphin. The leather scabbard is complete with all original mounts and the top mount is marked: R. B. Crapo USN 1863. Acting Master Mate Robert B. Crapo is listed in the Civil War Data base and I am currently trying to find out if his records are at the Nation Archive. Include will be all historical information discovered. $1500.00

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