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Extraordinary Firearms Auction, Day 2
October 2, 2012
Fairfield, ME, USALive Auction
Description: This very high grade sword made by Ames of Chicopee, Mass. was a pattern originally made prior to the Civil War and has an agent marking "W. H. Smith" on the scabbard. W. H. Smith of New York City retailed Ames swords as early as the 1840's and this sword, with the Chicopee address, could have been made as early as 1848 and similar presentations exist from that time. The presentation on this sword reads "Presented by General Grant. President of the United States of America on the occasion of his visit to England. To Colonel Horace Wilson. June 1874." It is interesting to note that the top two lines of this presentation were originally part of another inscription and the lower portion had professionally been removed and then re-engraved to Colonel Wilson. We know of no other swords presented by President Grant and have no idea the exact purpose of this presentation. There is a Lt.Col. William Horace Wilson who was part of the 87th Royal Irish Fusiliers. We cannot find Grant in England in 1874 but he was there in 1877. Grant, once out of office, went on an extended European tour and arrived in England in late May 1877. There he visited his daughter Nellie, who had married Englishman Algernon Sartoris, a descendant of the famous British Kemble acting family. There are three Horace Wilsons who are related by marriage to that same Kemble line. 1. Prof. Horace Hayman Wilson, surgeon and Sanskrit linguist, who married into the Kemble family. The letters of actress Fanny Kemble verify that she was close to both Nellieís husband Algernon and her ìcousinî Cecilia Wilson, daughter of the professor. The professor died in 1860 and is therefore himself an unlikely recipient. 2. Cecilia Wilsonís daughter Isabel[la] Veronica Faulder marred a Maj. Horace Hayman Wilson of the Kingís Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment). He lived 1874/5 ñ 1915. 3. Maj. Horace Hayman Wilsonís father was Lt. Col. William Horace Wilson of the 87th Royal Irish Fusiliers. He lived 1845-1906. His father, Rev. Charles Thomas Wilson, may have been the illegitimate son of Prof. Horace Hayman Wilson (#1 above), but no surviving records exist to prove it; the birth took place in Calcutta, India, where the professor was living at the time. From The Letters of Fanny Kemble: Undated but believed to be circa 1877 when Fanny was living at Portman Square ìYesterday, my cousin, Cecilia Faulder (daughter of Horace Wilson) of whom I am very fond, came and spent the day with me.î Also: ìMay wrote me a note a few days before the landing of General Grant, saying that she was going down to Warsash to meet Algernon and his wife, nee Miss Grant.î Also in the The Letters of Fanny Kemble, circa 1877: ìBy-the-bye, I have just had an interview, in the garden of this place, with ex-president General Grant and his family. ... I heard they were expected to pass through this place, and having promised a poolman to do him a service, which I thought General Grant could help me to do, I went down to the garden where he was sitting smoking ...î This is a magnificent sword that has been embellished with about 125 semi-precious and decorative stones mounted in low caret gold bezels. Sword exhibits a hexagonal engraved silver grip, a finely engraved and chased scabbard. There is a full figured eagle on pommel and the connecting chain from eagle to crossguard was also tested as gold by consignor. The 31" double edged blade is etched with large panels with patriotic and floral motifs. The scabbard has high relief patriotic and floral motifs. Hilt, pommel and scabbard are heavily gilted. This sword presented by President U.S. Grant is a unique and historic piece of American decorative art. PROVENANCE: Pictured in John Tillmann "Civil War Army Swords" page 473 and 474. Also pictured in Kevin Hoffman "Swords of Honor and Regulation". Collection of Kevin Hoffman. CONDITION: Very good to fine overall. Blade is gray/bright with scattered areas of staining and pitting. Etched panels are mostly bright and discernible. The last 6" of etched on obverse has areas of pitting, otherwise etched panels retain much of their orig luster with scattered areas of staining, as can be seen in photos. Gilting to sword and scabbard is almost 100% intact with few noted reductions other than staining around bezels of inset stones on eagle pommel, as can be seen in photos. 4-46913 JS67View additional info »
Description: This very ornate sword no doubt was retailed by jeweler Bailey & Company of Philadelphia which later became the well known jeweler, Bailey, Banks & Biddle. Bailey was prominent in military designs, designing the Great Seal of the United States that is still used today and the Medal of Honor, among other accomplishments. This sword is not marked Bailey but very similar swords are Bailey marked. Bailey's are quite rare and were very expensive in their day so only wealthy buyers could afford them. This sword has high grade features of guard and counter guard resembling sea shells, as does a smaller guard facing the blade. There is an amethyst colored stone in knucklebow, a very ornate relief cut grip terminating in a large American eagle pommel. The guard also has a panoply of flags with a superimposed eagle attached which is plated in two-tone gold and silver. Scabbard is equally ornate with large raised relief mounts including a framed monogram of Leaming's initials "HL" mounted on a dark colored stone and relief cut "US" with 30 small diamonds. Scabbard also has a framed silver presentation plaque which reads "COL. H. LEAMING FROM THE OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE 40TH REGT. IND. VET. VOLS. JUNE 10TH 1865". Leaming served with this unit from December 1861 when he entered as Captain. He was promoted to Major in June 1862, Lt. Colonel April 1864 and finally Colonel on May 1, 1865. The 40th Indiana was involved in most major battles in the West, losing five officers and 143 men. The 40th had over 30 casualties in three separate engagements at Missionary Ridge, Kenesaw Mountain, and Franklin Tennessee. This is a marvelous high grade sword given to the Colonel of one of the Western theaters hardest fighting regiments. A file of provenance accompanies this sword. PROVENANCE: Pictured in John Thillmann "Civil War Army Swords" page 497, also pictured in Kevin Hoffmann "Swords of Honor and Regulation", Kevin Hoffman Collection. CONDITION: Sword is very good to fine overall. The 32" Damascus imported blade has 13" etched panels of patriotic and floral designs, still retaining traces of their orig gold wash. Remainder of blade is gray with scattered areas of staining and pitting, especially at tip, all etched panels are discernible, as can be seen in photos. The hilt retains most of of its orig gilt with some high areas worn exposing patinaed brass. Scabbard retains about 60% orig gilt with brass patina on remainder. Grip and pommel retain about 70% silver plate as does applied insignia to guard with remainder with dark patina, as can be seen in photos. 4-46922 JS73View additional info »
Lot 2002: HIGH GRADE MEXICAN WAR "CITY OF PHILADELPHIA" PRESENTATION SWORD TO BREVET CAPT. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN HARLEY, 11TH US INFANTRY.
Description: This early high grade W.H. Horstmann presentation sword has oct sheet silver grip with military decorations on each panel. Pommel is a florally decorated urn terminating in large amethyst colored stone. The large cruciform "bow tie" shaped crossguard has four American eagles at terminal ends on both sides. The languet has a state seal of the city of Philadelphia in raised relief opposite of presentation in opposite languet which reads "Brevet Captn Benjn Franklin Harley of the 11th Infantry USA". The scabbard has a 5-1/2" panel with presentation in six lines which reads "Presented to Brevet Capt. Benjamin Franklin Harley of Philadelphia by his fellow citizens, for the promptness shown by him in the offer of his services to his country and for his gallant conduct in the battles of Contreras, Churubusco, and particularly at Molino del Rey at the capture of Chepultepec, the Garita San Cosme, and the final capture of the city of Mexico. Philadelphia Octr. 26th 1848". This presentation is enclosed in beautiful "engraved frame" consisting of grapes, grape vine and leaves. Lower on scabbard is a 10" engraved panel of more grapes and grape leaves surmounted by an American eagle on a patriotic shield below 13 stars. Scabbard mounts have raised relief decorations with laurel and star decorations as can be seen in photos. The blade of the drag is most unusual with the union of two sea serpents mouth to mouth which form a stylized smiling face when looked at from a distance. This is a wonderful historic sword in unique form among the earliest W. H. Horstman presentation swords known in the highest grade. PROVENANCE: Kevin Hoffman Collection. CONDITION: Brass scabbard, hilt and pommel retain 95% of there orig gold wash. Silver engraved grip and silver city of Philadelphia plaque exhibit good silver patina. Silver plaque is a bit loose at top but complete and sound. 33" blade is gray/white with some areas of orig finish. 16" etched panels are complete and discernible with scattered staining and pitting. 4-46906 JS95View additional info »
Lot 2003: SPECTACULAR GOLD AND SILVER MEXICAN WAR AMES PRESENTATION SWORD TO CAPTAIN LEWIS MORRIS, KILLED IN ACTION AT BATTLE OF MONTEREY.
Description: This high grade Ames presentation is described by John Thillmann "This sword ... has a sterling silver scabbard and hilt. Scabbard body is plated in gold as is the Phrygian helmet pommel surmounted by an eagle and foliated guard. In addition, the Mother of Pearl grip is inlaid with engraved gold strips lengthwise. Of note, is that the drag is in a unique form. It, too, is silver and gilt but exhibits a rarely seen elaborately cast drag crescent that almost flows into the scabbard body because of the fine engraving." The gold presentation plaque, which measures over 3", is finely engraved "Presented to Capt. Lewis N. Morris of the United States Army by his fellow citizens of Albany as a token of respect for his Bravery and Gallantry while in command of the 3rd Regiment U.S. Infantry in the battles of Palo Alto and Resaca De La Palma on the 8th and 9th of May 1846 and on the banks of the Rio Grande." This scabbard is so richly engraved with floral and patriotic mounts that few examples show workmanship of same quality survive. There is a gold applied five pointed star in drag and engraved on central gold band in grip. These stars were possibly a reference to Texas as the presentation ends "on the banks of the Rio Grande". This sword was ordered from Ames in June 1846 at a cost of $150. This was only the second sword shown in the Ames order book for Mexican War presentation, just after the sword of General Zachary Taylor which was ordered the same month. Captain Lewis Morris graduated from West Point in 1820 and was one of 11 West Point officers killed the same day, September 21, 1846, in the bloody battle at Monterey, Mexico lead by General Zachary Taylor. Lewis Morris was from a long line of military and political heroes. His father had signed the Declaration of Independence and his son would go on to be a Civil War hero to be killed at the battle of Cold Harbor in June 1864. This sword is in fabulous "as found" condition and of highest quality and artistry of the sword maker. PROVENANCE: Pictured in John Tillmann "Civil War Army Swords" page 467 and 468, also pictured in Kevin Hoffmann "Swords of Honor and Regulation", Kevin Hoffman Collection. CONDITION: Sword is in very good to fine condition. 31-1/2" double edged blade is bright/white, retaining most of its orig luster and finish with scattered areas of staining. 15" etched panels retain most of their luster, as can be seen in photos. The silver hilt and scabbard retain much of their orig gold wash though thinning in areas. Engraved gold bands and gold plaque are fine with good detail. Mother of Pearl slabs in grip are fine and complete. 4-46905 JS70View additional info »
Description: General James Isham Gilbert originally from Louisville, KY, worked prior to the war as a lumberman and Indian trader. Gilbert joined the war in 1862 becoming Colonel of the 27th Iowa and participating in expeditions into Arkansas and Mississippi. Gilbert was appointed General under Nathaniel P. Banks. Gilbert was wounded in his right hand in the Battle of Pleasant Hill, LA and later led his troops in June of 1864 at the Battle of Tupelo. On December 5th, 1864 General Gilbert was given command of a brigade in the army of the Tennessee at the Battle of Nashville. There Gilbert's brigade took part in the Union assault on Shy's Hill on the second day of the battle. On February 9th, 1865 Gilbert received his promotion to Brigadier General. Gilbert continued to command his brigade and took part in the Mobile Campaign and was brevetted Major General for his service at the Battle of Fort Blakely. After the war, Gilbert returned to his career as a lumberman. For a time he went to Colorado as a miner, and finally moved to Kansas to become the President of a Topeka Coal Company where he died in 1884. This beautiful sword has a massive 6-3/4" statue of a Roman soldier on a pedestal with ornate relief cast hilt and scabbard mounts. Scabbard is finely engraved with presentation along with 11 battle honors of which General Gilbert was involved. The blade is of the highest quality being damascene with large white etched panels with gold backgrounds. This sword overall is in wonderful condition, and a very rare form that rarely comes to market. A file of history and research accompanies. PROVENANCE: Kevin Hoffman Collection. CONDITION: 31-1/2" blade is of the highest quality being damascene with white etched panels with gold highlights in a gold background. Statue of Roman soldier has bronze patina but his accoutrements, shield, helmet and plume and lion-skinned robe are gilded and retain 60% or 70% of their original gilt. Knucklebow, hilt, and high-relief scabbard mounts retain about 70% of their gold wash also. Scabbard body which is silvered retains much of its color with presentation and 11 battle honors easily read as can be seen in photos. There is a small about 1/2" crack in scabbard into the Nashville Battle honor as can be seen in pictures. There is a braised line visible in scabbard between middle mount and drag that is part of manufacture. There is also a braised repair to a crack or break in scabbard between bottom mounts. There is a hairline crack in neck of Roman soldier and in knucklebow at point where branch is formed that does not effect aesthetics or integrity of the hilt. 4-46912View additional info »
Description: This is a spectacular high quality jeweled sword with a massive 6" silver statue of Lady Liberty holding a sword wearing a gold "Liberty cap." Scabbard has presentation from one of his last commands of the Coloured Cavalry Brigade. Burbridge was an excellent officer and general. He had a very distinguished military career, but is best known for his repulse of Confederates into Kentucky led by John Hunt Morgan. One of the largest gravestones in Arlington National Cemetery belongs to him. Burbridge was from Kentucky and was one of the most vocal unionists in this state divided in its loyalties between North and South. After action at Vicksburg and earlier campaigns, Burbridge was given command of the state of Kentucky and had two missions: Conquering the Confederate guerrillas and recruiting Blacks into U.S. service. These actions would serve to make him highly unpopular and the recipient of intense hatred in his native Kentucky. Burbridge struck fear among pro-Confederates in Kentucky by executing by hanging Confederate soldiers, citizens, spies, Confederate sympathizers, and court-martialed soldiers of his own command. He raided guerrilla strongholds and finally smashed John Hunt Morgan. The defeat of Morgan earned Burbridge a brevet to Major General, and he was made war time governor. Burbridge, after the war, had to leave the State of Kentucky, which he loved. He feared for his family's safety, and he went North never to return finally dying in New York in 1894. A quote from Brian S. Bush "Butcher Burbridge, Union General Stephen Burbridge and His Reign of Terror Over Kentucky" "Burbridge's military superior, General William T. Sherman told Burbridge to treat guerrillas as "wild animals." He wrote to Burbridge to gather up men, women, and children, who were rebel sympathizers in prisons and send them to their own colony. Burbridge shot and killed innocent Confederate soldiers, who never were brought to trial. Burbridge randomly selected four prisoners in Louisville and executed them without trial for every Union soldier killed by a guerrillas." Burbridge like his superior Sherman was just a very good general who knew how to win at any cost. It cost him his home, but the great respect of President Abraham Lincoln and the ruling military command. Julia's sold in 2009 General Burbridge's Major General commission signed by President Abraham Lincoln along with a flag he captured from John Hunt Morgan that descended directly from his family. This wonderful sword of a famous general is accompanied by a copy of his recent published biography. PROVENANCE: Kevin Hoffman Collection. CONDITION: Sword is very good to fine overall. 32-3/4" Imported Damascus blade has two 8" gold panels that retain most of their original luster and gold highlights and background. Blade has several scattered areas of staining and pitting. Brass hilt and scabbard mounts exhibit bronze patina with about 40% of gilt retained. Liberty's cap appears gold though not tested. Her cap is missing one of three retaining pins, but is still tight. German silver scabbard body sound and solid with scattered small dings and scratches. Engraved decoration and presentation are crisp and easily discerned. 4-46919 JS82View additional info »
Description: PLEASE NOTE (9/29/12): This rare and important sword is inscribed to Joseph Haskin, not James. (James was Joseph's brother). This fabulous sword has a full figured American officer thrusting a saber through the open mouth of a serpent (representing the Confederacy) forming the grip and knucklebow of this most elaborate Schuyler, Hartley & Graham, New York presentation sword. This sword is illustrated in Schuyler, Hartley & Graham's 1864 catalog and is pictured on back cover of dust jacket in the Flayderman reprint of this important and rare catalog. Included with the sword are two Presidential commissions, one signed by Abraham Lincoln as Major and one signed by Andrew Johnson as Brig. General. A large 16" albumen photograph of General Haskin and his staff accompany this sword which was presented to Haskin in April 1864. The 1st Maine Artillery was organized as Infantry late in 1863, seeing little action as Artillery early in the war. The 1st Maine Heavy Artillery would make up for seeing little action as it would be involved in several of the bloodiest attacks of the war. On May 19,1864 at the Harris Farm the 1st Maine had 481 casualties of which 82 were killed. In less than a month, on June 18, 1864, in the assault on Petersburg near Hare's House the 1st Maine lead the charge and sustained the greatest loss of any one regiment in any one action of the war. Of the 900 engaged 635 were killed or wounded. Of all the regiments in the United States Army in the Civil War the 1st Maine Heavy Artillery sustained the greatest loss in battle, 23 officers and 400 enlisted men were killed, and 260 died of disease; a total loss of 683 dying during the war. Haskin lost his arm but survived the war. In the photograph of him and his men he is seen with an empty left shirt sleeve. This is one of only two example of this sword to ever surface and the only one other is known in private collections also presented to General Officer. PROVENANCE: Kevin Hoffman Collection. CONDITION: Sword is in very good to fine condition. 32" blade is damascene with gold highlighted etched panels of spread wing American eagle and foliate U.S. with motto "Always Ready". Retailer marking of Schuyler, Hartley & Graham New York is etched on ricasso. Guard and scabbard mounts retain much gold gilt. Scabbard body is bright as polished with several small bends and dents and scattered scratches, as can be seen in photos. There is a separation with loss of plating at point of sword entering sea serpent's mouth which appears to be part of manufacture and not a defect. There are small areas of scuffing on hilt on high areas, exposing polished brass. 4-46908 JS76View additional info »
Description: Henry Slocum was an important Union Civil War General. He originally had graduated from West Point 7th in his class in 1852. He stayed in the Army several years and then became an attorney in New York while remaining a Colonel in the New York Militia. At the outbreak of the Civil War Slocum became Colonel of the 27th New York Infantry. During the first battle at Bull Run Slocum led his men, he was wounded and his regiment suffered 130 casualties. Soon after, in August 1861, Slocum was appointed Brigadier General in command of a brigade. In October 1862 he was made Commander of the 12th Army Corps after its Commander Joseph Mansfield was killed at the battle of Antietam. Slocum was involved at the battles of Chancellorsville and later Gettysburg. After Gettysburg Slocum was transferred to the Western Theater. When General James McPherson was killed in Atlanta, General Sherman selected Slocum to command the newly formed 20th Army Corps made from remnants of his old 12th Corps and the 11th Corps. When Atlanta fell in September 1864 Slocum's corps was the first to enter the city. The Army of Georgia was formed by combining Slocum's 20th Army Corps and the 14th Corps and would now form the left wing of Sherman's "March to the Sea" Army. Presentation of this sword probably dates late 1864 in Atlanta where Slocum was given the "Army of Georgia." This General Officer's sword by Tiffany & Company exhibited a fluted silver grip, silver chain and silver langette and gold etched blade. Scabbard with high relief and engraved mounts has engraved presentation which reads "PRESENTED TO MAJ. GENL. H.W. SLOCUM COM'D ARMY OF GEORGIA FROM THE MEMBERS OF HIS STAFF". Swords to Major Generals who commanded entire armies are rare. This is a beautiful example. A file of provenance accompanies this sword. PROVENANCE: Pictured in John Thillmann "Civil War Army Swords" page 517 and 518, also pictured in Kevin Hoffmann "Swords of Honor and Regulation", Kevin Hoffman Collection. CONDITION: 32" double edged blade full firm marked "Tiffany & Co NY" has 17" etched panels on either side with gold background. Blade overall is bright with scattered areas of staining and light pitting. Etched panels retain most of their orig luster and most of their orig gold background. Fluted silver grip, langette and chain are very good with gray/silver patina. Brass cruciform crossguard with pine cone finials and helmeted bust retain strong traces of orig gold wash with remainder yellow brass patina. German silver scabbard body and brass mounts retain about 30% orig gilt with remainder a dull silver patina with scattered small scratches, stains and dents. 4-46899 JS73View additional info »
Lot 2008: FABULOUS TIFFANY PRESENTATION SWORD PRESENTED BY THE FREED SLAVES OF SOUTH CAROLINA TO GEN. RUFUS SAXTON.
Description: This sword came from direct descendants of Gen. Rufus Saxton before arriving in the Hoffman Collection and being offered here. This magnificent Tiffany General Officer's sword was given Gen. Saxton on the one year anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, Jan. 1, 1863 and reads as follows, "To Brig. Gen'l R. Saxton. MILITARY GOVERNOR as a testimonial of the Freedman of the Dept of the South for his sacrifices and labors to secure their liberty, protection and elevation. Beaufort S. C. Jany 1st. 1864". The sword is a beautiful Tiffany signed cruciform shape with silver chain hand guard and silver clam shell guard. The pommel consists of an ornate pedestal with a Heraldic gargoyle style full form eagle sitting atop. The cross guard ends in similar shaped pine cone finials. The ornate silver clam shell guard is decorated in oak leaves and acorns with the Latin motto "DEO PATRIAE TIBI" which translates "To thee, for God and our country". This motto was suggested by the father of the slain martyr Col. Robert Shaw who was killed leading his black regiment; the 54th Mass at Fort Wagner. The grip is fluted silver. The 32" Tiffany signed blade is in beautiful condition retaining most of its original frost and gold decoration, various panoplies of arms, floral motifs, script "US", a full standing Ancient Horseman wearing feathered hat, sword and halbred decorates one side of blade where a full standing enlisted Civil War soldier holding an American flag decorates the other. The German silver scabbard which has the Tiffany plaque is decorated with gilted brass mounts that are fully engraved with various military and patriotic motifs. The sword is presented in a large engraved panel on the gilted German silver scabbard between the top two mounts. This sword was presented in an elaborate ceremony attended by thousands in Beaufort, SC. Gen. Saxton stated upon acceptance "This weapon suits me well...I accept this beautiful sword, the gift of freed men, with a solemn determination to wear it in your cause, the cause of freedom, until every slave is made as free as you are today; until the President's Emancipation Proclamation shall have become a living reality throughout the length and breadth of our land; until glad shouts shall ascend from every cabin in the sunny South "WE ARE FREE"....stand firm,..it is god's holy warfare we are waging, stand firm and never ground your arms until the Union is restored and your race is free. Then lay them down in peace and I will place this sword among my jewels." Rufus Saxton, a Massachusetts native, was a lifelong military man and graduated near the top of his class at West Point in 1849. He served his country well through the Seminole Indian Wars and Mexican Wars. Gen. Saxton was among the very first to organize troops of African descent, originally blacks were only used in the Army for labor, Gen. Saxton petitioned for black soldiers to fight as soldiers. Gen. Saxton also won our country's highest award, the Congressional Medal of Honor for distinguished gallantry in the defense of Harper's Ferry, VA in May, 1862. Saxton remained in the Army until his retirement in 1888. Saxton today is honored with a large private memorial in Arlington National Cemetery where he is interred. A file of provenance accompanies this sword. PROVENANCE: Kevin Hoffman Collection. CONDITION: This sword is in fine "attic" condition. This sword has not been cleaned, probably not since the war. The blade, protected by the scabbard, is in excellent condition with only a few minor stains and some loss of gold. The etching retains most of its original frost. Metal surfaces of scabbard and hilt have rich, uncleaned patina on silver and on brass. All markings are crisp and very well defined as are all engraved surfaces. There is one minor bend in grip, near pommel that does not effect aesthetics of sword. Much of the external surfaces are soiled from possible old coat of varnish. 4-46900 JS77View additional info »
Lot 2009: HIGH GRADE TIFFANY PRESENTATION SWORD TO GENERAL THOMAS FLETCHER AND LATER GOVERNOR OF MISSOURI.
Description: This most unusual sword no doubt a Tiffany product WAS retailed and marked by a St. Louis jeweler. This sword has a silver and gilded knucklebow, silver grip, and silver scabbard mounts. Sword appears in almost new condition seeing little use or wear after its 1862 presentation. Thomas Fletcher was born in 1827 and would become the first Missouri-born governor of his state. Even though his family owned slaves, he was an ardent abolitionist. He was colonel of 31st Missouri volunteer infantry when he was captured at the Battle of Chickasaw Bayou and taken to Libby Prison where he remained for five months until his exchange. He was then present at the Battle of Vicksburg and later commanded a brigade after Chattanooga during the Atlanta campaign. He returned to St. Louis in the spring of 1864 and organized the 47th and 50th Missouri regiments. He was involved in actions in Missouri and was breveted Brigadier General for these services. Before war's end, Fletcher was elected governor and served until 1869. After serving as governor, Fletcher practiced law in St. Louis finally moving to Washington DC where he practiced law until his death writing "Life and Reminiscences of William T. Sherman" in 1891. Fletcher died in 1899 and is buried in the Belle Fontaine cemetery in St. Louis. This is a spectacular "piece of art" in like new condition to an important figure in Missouri history. PROVENANCE: Kevin Hoffman Collection. CONDITION: The sword is in fine overall condition. The 32" blade is bright/white retaining most of its original luster including Tiffany's unique 22" panels with various patriotic themes including a full-standing officer and a color bearer carrying the American flag. The agent mark of jeweler "E. Jaccard & Co St. Louis" is etched above ricasso the blade maker is stamped on ricasso "Collins & Co. Hartford, Conn." Silver grip has gray/silver patina, is smooth with twisted silver wire being tight and complete, gilded hilt, as panoply of arms and medallion of US unique to this pattern sword terminating in a large lion's head quillon.††Remainder of knucklebow is silver and terminates into pommel which is made from torso of soldier with cape and helmet. Brass components of hilt and pommel retain most of their original gold plating. The scabbard body is finely engraved and retains most of its original gold. The silver mounts which include throat, ring mounts, and drag are finely engraved and have good silver/gray patina. 4-46901 JS86View additional info »
Description: This grouping consists of two high grade and unique Ames Staff Officer presentation swords to Gen. Michael Corcoran along with Tiffany Staff Officers sword to one of his staff. Along with swords are accompanying orig photographs of Michael Corcoran and lithographs including a woodcut of the presentation of these two swords before 600,000 people as Castle Garden, NY; August 22, 1862. Brig. Gen. Michael Corcoran was born in County Sligo, Ireland; Sept. 21, 1821. He joined the Royal Irish Constabulary at 19 years old and became a dbl agent for a secret Irish society wanting the overthrow of British rule in Ireland. After Corcoran's brief stay in the Royal Irish unit, he immigrated to New York and became a leader among his fellow Irishman and a member of the Tammany Hall political faction, he also began a lifelong involvement in the Fenian Movement dedicated to the overthrow of the British government in Ireland. He enlisted and quickly rose to command of the 69th Regiment New York State militia, a regiment composed of mostly Irish Catholics. In 1860, Col. Corcoran made his national reputation as the champion of the Irish in America, when on Oct. 11, 1860, President Buchanan invited the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII of England) to visit New York where a ball and military parade was given in his honor. Corcoran refused to order the 69th Regiment to march in the parade which honored "a sovereign under whose reign Ireland was made desert and her son's forced into exile". For this act of military disobedience he was placed under arrest by New York authorities and ordered court martialed. His subsequent trial created much excitement among America's Irish. The case was pending when the Civil War broke out in April, 1861 with the bombardment of Fort Sumter. Due to the importance of Corcoran's military abilities his proceedings were squashed and the 69th with their Col. at its head was one of the first units to march in defense of the Union. This band of officer's and men would become the foundation of the greatest fighting unit in American military history, the "fighting 69th" a unit that would extend it's history into WWI and WWII. The regiment now off to war would show their fighting spirit in the first major battle of the Civil War "Bull Run" on July 21st in a meadow, across the creek they met the fierce Louisiana Tigers and "under a most deadly fire assisted in breaking the enemies lines". The 69th being led by Corcoran screaming their Gaelic battle cry of "Faugh A Ballagh". Corcoran leading the charge was shot in the leg but stayed in command, two color bearers were killed. In all the 69th rallied and charged three times. Other Union troops in this part of the battle retreated, but the 69th held their ground until some escaped but the colors and Corcoran were captured. The unit suffered 192 killed, wounded and captured, and that day began the fateful day of the "fighting 69th". Corcoran was imprisoned for 13 months, he was promoted to General in Absentia. He was finally exchanged in August 1862, his triumphant return from captivity brought a series of popular ovations and testimonials. In New York, over 600,000 people, the largest crowd in the city's history attended the public celebration. Corcoran now was a national hero. Here Corcoran was presented both of these swords which in the inscriptions read "In Remembrance of the 11th of Oct. 1860 by the Irishmen of his unit". Newspapers worldwide reported the events of this day. Corcoran when receiving the swords, in his acceptance speech stated "it is an American sword, the work of American art, the gift of American citizens, the weapon of an American solider".His pictures being in major publications including several accompanying this grouping. Corcoran returned to the battlefield where he would die after being thrown from his horse on Dec. 22, 1863, but the fighting spirit of the 69th New York went on as it does today. The two swords presented to Corcoran both have Irish embellishments in additional to identical presentations which read "Presented to Col. M. Corcoran of the 69th Regt. N.Y. S.T. In Commemoration on the 11th of Oct. 1860". One sword has the Irish harp replacing the US originally cast into hilt. This unique pattern was custom made for Corcoran where no other examples are known. The second sword is among the highest grade 1850 Ames Staff you will see with custom engraving. The large Panoply of Arms with an Irish harp emblazoned with four-leaf clovers in the middle panel with a large Liberty cap with rays above it. This sword is in almost new condition where Corcoran used it for dress as he is shown in an accompanying cdv wearing possibly this sword. The third sword in this group is a Tiffany Staff Officer's sword with sharkskin scabbard with engraved mounts. Sword is inscribed on top of the guard "To James B. Kirker Brigade Quartermaster, Corcoran Legion". PROVENANCE: Kevin Hoffman Collection. CONDITION: High grade Ames Staff sword with engraved scabbard retains 95% of its original gilt to hilt, pommel, scabbard and mounts. The screw is missing from the throat and is moved up 1/32" where mount covers a portion of the engraved Ames mfg mark. Hilt, pommel and scabbard overall are smooth with scattered small scratches and worn areas in high places. 32" blade is bright/white with scattered areas of staining and pitting. Etched panels are mostly bright with most of their original frosted backgrounds and easily discernible. Blade retains a protective buff leather washer. Sharkskin grip is complete as is tightly twisted gold gilted wire. The unique Ames Staff with Irish harp and guard is very good overall. 32" blade is bright with old areas of cleaning which have removed the lustrous backgrounds of blade etch. The 16" etched panels of patriotic and floral decoration are all discernible. German silver scabbard body has gilted brass mounts with overall red/chocolate patina with gold gilt present in protected areas. Hilt and pommel have matching red chocolate patina with about 20% of the original gold gilt present in protected areas. The white sharkskin grip is complete with twisted brass wire. There is a small separation where sharkskin comes together from shrinkage from age. Quartermaster sword is overall very good. 32" blade is gray with scattered areas of staining and pitting. The 18" etched panels are all discernible with characteristic Tiffany details. Blade maker is stamped on ricasso "Collins & Co Hartford, Conn 1862". Engraved scabbard mounts have yellow brass patina as does hilt and pommel. Inscription on guard and engraved patterns are all easily discerned including the unusual 1-1/2" eagle with swords and shield engraved on drag. Leather grip wrap is 98% complete with small chips seen at high areas with complete tight twisted brass wire. Accompanying 14" x 11" hand-colored woodcut of Corcoran charging at Bull Run; has good color, original frame with areas of foxing, acid burn and water staining. Three framed illustrated sheets from Harper's and Leslie's appear very good overall as archivally framed. There is an 8" x 10" image of unknown origin oro vintage on paper of General Corcoran which appears in very good condition in ornate 22" x 20" decorated gold and silver frame with scattered losses to gesso decoration on frame. Also accompanying is a cdv of Corcoran by Anthony of New York in dress uniform wearing dress sword on his side. Also accompanying is a clipped signature of Corcoran as Brig. Gen. Also included is a stereo card in good overall condition showing Gen. Corcoran's monument. 4-46924 JS93View additional info »
Description: This rare and exotic sword which is shown in the Tiffany Drawing Book is indeed a unique design with few examples known. General Chambers is shown in a wartime CDV holding this very sword proudly in front of him. Chambers graduated from West Point in 1853 and stayed in service through the Civil War. He was appointed Brigadier General in August of 1863. Chambers was a life-long military man finally dying at his post in San Antonio, Texas in 1888. Chambers was wounded twice early in the war at the Battle of Shiloh and saw much action commanding the Third Division of the 17th Army Corp being involved in actions around Vicksburg and with Sherman's campaigns in Georgia and the Carolinas. Post-war service saw him on the frontier in the Sioux Indian campaigns among other duties. This magnificent sword consists of a 5" grip of four bronze cannon balls beneath a copy in silver of a Civil War "Model 1841" field gun complete with trunnions and vent terminating into a pommel of another cannonball with large spread-winged eagle atop holding a ribbon in head. The knucklebow continues to be attached to one of the four cannonballs that hold up gun onto a 3" oval fluted guard which has an integral languet which is set at 45 degrees containing panoply of flags with a large Colombian shield with 13 stars superimposed. The 31" white etched blade is contained by a silvered scabbard with raised relief decorated mounts. Top mounts contain bundles of arrows with stars around bands. The drag has designs of 3" cannon barrels on either side. The scabbard and blade both have "Tiffany & Co. New York" markings. The presentation on scabbard reads "Presented to Brig. Gen. Alex. Chambers by the officers of the 16" Regt. Iowa Vet. Vol. INFY. March 31st 1864". This is a marvelous sword with few examples in private hands. Additional provenance accompanies this sword. PROVENANCE: Kevin Hoffman Collection. CONDITION: 31" Double-edged blade which was made for Tiffany by "Collins and Co. Hartford Conn 1862" contains the finest grade etch with 18" panels unique to Tiffany showing intertwined faces and panoply of arms interspersed in long continuous panels as can be seen in pictures. Blade overall is white/gray with scattered small areas of staining and pitting. Etched panels retain some original luster, deeply etched and easily discernible. Silver grip, Medusan plaque and Tiffany maker's mark applied on scabbard exhibit silver patina with dark colors in protected areas. Silvered scabbard body retains bright color with scattered areas of staining, scratching, and old cleaning marks. Integral scabbard mounts and throat retain traces of original gold wash in protected areas with balance yellow-bronze patina. Hilt and pommel retain much of their original gilt with balance being yellow patina. There is an apparent repair to crack in knucklebow at bottom juncture. Sword still retains both protective washers one being leather the top being red felt.†† 4-46909View additional info »
Description: This unusual and fine presentation sword represents among the finest of Tiffany workmanship. There are few examples known with a full figure bust of George Washington's head which measures 2-1/2" on pedestal as pommel. Knuckle bow has silver medallions of Hercules in raised relief and oval medallions on either side. The sheet silver grip is oct with engraved panels of laurel with plain oval panels for inscriptions. The 6-1/2" cross guard has 2" "draped" languets. Cross guard terminates in full figural ram's heads. Scabbard has high relief florally decorated mounts. Drag is also florally decorated with a 4" fasces in raised relief. Sword retains virtually all of its orig gold plating, which nicely highlight the silver grip and medallions. The blade is etched in typical high grade motifs typical of Tiffany with gold highlights and background. Fitted case also retains a General Officer's gold sash with very unusual and high grade bouillon stripes. This is a beautiful cased Tiffany sword and sash that Gen. Birge must have proudly owned. Another high grade Tiffany sword is still retained by the family, which was presented by the 13th CT, Jan 1, 1864 as tribute for 1st unit entering Pt. Hudson upon its capture, is on display at the Leffingwell House Museum in Norwich, CT along with other arms. Gen. Birge was from a wealthy and important CT family, but this wealthy man was also a great fighter and from The History of Connecticut During the War by Croffutt & Morris, Gen. Birge in one anecdote concerning the Battle of Port Hudson. "First as Col, Birge he was in command of the Thirteenth regiment, Connecticut Volunteers. He was a strict, if not severe, disciplinarian, an accurate drill master, proud of his men, and possessed of a quick military mind. He especially enjoined neatness, cleanliness and martial bearing. Every belt, shoe and box must be neatly polished; every gun barrel and bayonet must shine like a mirror; every hand must wear a glove of spotless white; every form must be erect and manly." Spectators commented "This regiment is composed only of rich men's sons". Birge replied "Well, I notice they didn't run away like some of the dirty regiments". Indeed Birge's men were fighters having 50 causalities on April 14, 1863 at Irish Bend, LA and 23 additional causalities on June 14, 1862 at Port Hudson. At the beginning of the Civil War, Birge organized the first state regiment of CT. inf. in which he was originally appointed Maj. After service in MD and VA he was commissioned Col. of the 13th CT. Inf. in 1862 and was placed in command of the defenses in New Orleans. In Dec. of 1862, he was given command of a brigade which he retained during the first Red River Campaign and at the siege of Port Hudson. He was promoted to the rank of Brig. Gen. in 1863 and served in the 2nd Red River Campaign and subsequently commanded troops in Baton Rouge. In 1864 he was assigned to the command of the 2nd Div. of the 19th Army Corp and participated under Phil Sheridan in the Shenandoah Valley Campaigns. He was given command of the Defenses of Savannah in 1865 and his brigade fought in the Carolina's Campaign under Sherman. On Feb. 25, 1865 Birge was awarded Brevet rank of Maj. Gen. PROVENANCE: Kevin Hoffman Collection. CONDITION: Overall very good to fine. 32-1/2" dbl edge blade is bright with 19" etched panels retaining much of there gold highlights with areas of staining and pitting as can be seen in photographs. Brass hilt, pommel, scabbard and mounts have scattered areas of staining, small scratches and dings retaining 95% of there orig gilt. Silver grip has several dents, especially at top as can be seen in photos. Silver medallions like grip have dark silver patina. The 43" x 9-3/4" x 3-3/4" case is in very good overall condition with numerous small scrapes and scratches, but is sound with good hinges and locks. Blue velvet liner in box is sound and solid, coming unglued slightly on edges. The block to hold middle mount is loose and there are several tears in silk pillow liner on top. Even though casing is missing its presentation plaque; which has popped out, it still retains the 7-1/2" x 3-1/2" paper label on bottom of box which reads "H.W. Birge, Brig. Gen'l U.S.V., Norwich Conn.". The 7' long sash is 6" wide with buff silk backing and striped bouillon facing is sound and solid as are knots. 4-46925 JS90View additional info »
Description: This may be the finest and highest grade Christian Roby sword known. This sword is in wonderful condition retaining most all of its finish and plating along with unique features including MA. state seal cast in relief on top mount, spiral contrasting silver grip cast and chased to resemble sharkskin and unique pommel along with full blade and scabbard presentation. Edward Ambrose Fiske enlisted as a Private in Sept. 1861 at the age of 23, and five days after his enlistment he was elected 2nd Lt. He was then promoted to Capt. of CO. G on Oct. 21, 1862 and in Feb. 1865, he was brevetted to Maj. for gallant service at the Battle of Cedar Creek. The 30th MA. was a hard fighting unit having over 500 total casualties in its service is LA and VA. Fiske saw service at Baton Rouge, Port Hudson and the Sabine Pass along with other LA engagements. After LA, Fiske served under Brig. Gen. Henry Birge (who's high grade presentation sword is being sold in previous lot) who wrote in his official report concerning Capt. Fiske at Battle of Cedar Creek where 127 men were killed or wounded and another 35 taken prisoner. "I am very greatly indebted for untiring attention to duties, performed with ability and good judgment, and bravery and action deserves special mention". This is a fabulous sword that could never be upgraded to a real fighter from MA who served almost every day of the war. Capt. Fiske's unit was the last Mass. Regiment to leave the service at war's end. PROVENANCE: Kevin Hoffman Collection. Pictured on pages 350 & 351 in John H. Tillmann's "Civil War Army Swords". Sword is also pictured in an article in North South Trader's Civil War magazine, Vol. 31. No. 1, 2005; pgs 52-53. CONDITION: Sword overall is in very fine condition. The 31-1/2" blade is bright, retaining most of its orig shine. 17-1/2" etched panels show the highest detail and fine decoration unique to the Roby artisan "Hoyt" who signed this blade on a flag in one of the Panoply of Arms. Brass scabbard, mounts, hilt and pommel retain 95% of there orig gold plate. Silver grip is fine including dbl strands of twisted, gold plated wire. Sword retains sword knot with blue and gold decoration which is very good to fine overall with fraying and wear to cord; bouillon knot is sound and complete. 4-46914 JS92View additional info »
Lot 2014: IMPORTANT AND HISTORIC PRESENTATION SWORD AND GOLD MEDAL TO NAVAL HERO OF THE MONITOR AND MERRIMAC BY THE CITIZENS OF BOSTON FEBRUARY 23, 1863.
Description: Lt. Louis Stodder was given this high grade Ames staff officer's sword with silver scabbard, relief decorated mounts and extra rich engraved hilt and pommel. Scabbard is engraved "Presented to Lieut. Louis N. Stodder by the citizens of Boston Feb. 23, 1863". Four battle honors are also engraved on scabbard in four panels between drag and middle mount. They read "Fort Darling, May 15, 1862", "Monitor and Merrimac March 9, 1862", "Foundered off Cape Hatteras Dec. 31, 1862", and "Sewalls Point May 8, 1862". Accompanying sword is a fabulous gold medal presented the same day. The medal has the identical battle honors and identical inscription on reverse as sword. The central medal, which measures 1-1/2", when suspended by gold top bar suspension medal is 2-1/2" high. Medal has four arms somewhat in the shape of a Maltese cross with a laurel wreath with an 11/16" central devise that was engraved in high relief showing the Monitor asea flying the American flag. Lt. Louis Stodder was second in command during the engagement of the Monitor and the Merrimac at Hampton Roads in the hot fight that occurred. When Commanding Officer Worden was blinded by an exploding Rebel shell, Stodder took command. Louis Napoleon Stodder saw service on the Monitor from the date she was christened to the date she foundered and sunk. This is a fabulous presentation sword and medal given to an American Civil War Naval hero from no doubt the most famous naval battle of the Civil War. A file of photos and provenance accompanies this sword. PROVENANCE: Pictured in "American Swords" by Norm Flayderman on page 260 and 261, John Tillmann "Civil War Army Swords" page 284, also pictured in Kevin Hoffmann "Swords of Honor and Regulation", Philip Medicus Collection, Norm Flayderman, Kevin Hoffman Collection. CONDITION: Sword is in very good to fine condition. Blade is decorated in Ames' fanciest fine "spider web" style etching. The 21" panels show patriotic, floral and geometric designs being mostly discernible with scattered areas of staining and pitting. Sharkskin grip is complete and intact with some chipping at high areas. Gold twisted wire wrap is complete and intact though top loop is broken and loose under pommel cap. The gilted brass hilt, pommel and scabbard mounts are smooth, retaining almost all their orig gold plate with few high areas showing wear and exposing yellow patinaed brass. Silver plated scabbard body retains most all of its orig plate with scattered areas of staining and pitting, as can be seen in photos. The gold medal is in fine condition. There is scattered staining and a few small scratches, as can be seen in photo. Accompanying hinged case which displays medal nicely is covered with a paper veneer which is worn at high spots. The purple polished cotton inside case is intact with several small tears and a partial maker's mark from a Providence, R.I. jeweler. 4-46903 JS69View additional info »
Description: This is among the highest grade and most ornate of American Civil War presentation swords. The hilt contains many elements of naval service. The hilt contains raised relief acorns and oak leaves in knucklebow and hilt which which ends into a "gilled horse head" (sea horse) as quillon. Opposite end of knucklebow terminates with oak branches in the mouth of a coiled sea serpent and Neptune's head adorns the face of the pommel. Above Neptune is a circle of emerald-colored stones with a massive silver American eagle biting the head of a snake which is coiled around a fasces on an American patriotic shield. The grip is textured spiral silver with twisted copper wire. The brass scabbard has relief mounts with panels of floral and geometric engraving and two three-dimensional silver military decorations one being a small statue of a Zouave soldier standing at attention with his musket and back pack. The middle design is panoply design consisting of swords, bayonet, canteen, Zouave fez, knapsack, infantry bugle, and muskets. The gold highlighted import blade contains many patriotic elements including soldiers, cannon, various panoply of arms, a stylized U.S., Massachusetts state seal and motto, and an eagle sitting atop a shield with a ribbon which reads "E PLURIBUS UNUM" and "PERSEVERE". This magnificent sword quite possibly sat in a window display in Black's showroom showing some example of details that were available. There is an identical sword shown in Harold Peterson, The American Sword p. 201 being presentation for capture of Mason & Slidel at time of Trent Affair, given by "City of Boston." PROVENANCE: Kevin Hoffman Collection. CONDITION: Sword overall is in fine condition. 32" blade is bright retaining most of its original luster and gold highlights with small scattered areas of staining and pitting. Brass components show good bronze patina with 20% to 30% of original gold wash remaining. Some plating appears to be two-toned as leaves in bottom of guard retain a reddish color gold where others more yellow. Silver pommel, grip, and scabbard features have gray silver patina and appear complete and intact including the very small protruding details such as wing tips, ends of guns and swords. 4-46907View additional info »
Description: This beautiful Model 1840 general officer's sword in "as found" condition. This sword sold by W.H. Horstmann & Sons of Philadelphia exhibits a high grade Damascus etched blade with gold decoration. Sword also has sheet silver engraved grip and engraved sheet silver medallions in scabbard and a 2-3/4" silver presentation plaque which reads "From the RESERVE BRIGADE, 1ST DIVISION P.V. TO THEIR COMMANDER BRIG GENER'L FRANCES E. PATTERSON FEBRUARY 22, 1862". The hilt and scabbard are finely decorated with relief casting and patriotic and floral designs that are gold washed. A sword knot is still attached. General Patterson, who was given this sword in February, was to die nine months later from what was officially called an accidental discharge of his pistol while in the field in Virginia. His father was a Mexican War General and his brother was a Union Brevet Brigadier General. All three Generals are buried next to each other in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia. Patterson was a member of the 1st United States Artillery during the Mexican War, remaining in the Army as a Captain of Infantry until 1857. He reentered service in 1861 at the onset of the Civil War as Colonel of the 17th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. He was made General early in 1862 when he was given this sword and given charge of the New Jersey Brigade in the 3rd Army Corp, Army of the Potomac. Patterson was involved in actions early in 1862, leading his army at Williamsburg and the battle of Fair Oaks. This is a truly beautiful sword with finely engraved sheet silver decorations, as can be seen in photos. Sheet silver designs includes a standing Lady Liberty, patriotic American eagle and shield, Justice holding scales and sword, and the Pennsylvania State Seal. Accompanying sword are three sets of cased epaulets; one being a Captain's of 12th Infantry, second being Lt. Colonel of 2nd Infantry and third being full Colonel. PROVENANCE: Pictured in John Thillmann "Civil War Army Swords" page 229, also pictured in Kevin Hoffmann "Swords of Honor and Regulation", Kevin Hoffman Collection. CONDITION: Sword is very good to fine overall. 32-1/2" Damascus blade exhibits 17" etched panels on both sides with patriotic, floral and geometric designs. There is about 10-20% of orig gold highlights in this etched panel. Blade overall is gray with all etching discernible with scattered staining and pitting. Brass hilt retains 10-20% of its orig gold wash and scabbard retains 95% of its orig gold wash. Brass surfaces overall are smooth with bronze patina. Silver grip and plaques are smooth, uncleaned with scattered staining. The three cased sets of epaulets are all in very good to fine condition with accompanying Japanned casings with typical scrapes, scratches and dents. Lt. Colonel and Colonel's tinned cases retain most of there black finish, where as the captain's epaulets case is missing most of it's external black case and has a scratched on inscription "To William Sergeant USA". But, all three sets of epaulets came from Patterson's Estate regardless of inscription on this tin. 4-46904 JS71View additional info »
Description: Ivory grip swords are among the rarest of American swords from the Civil War era, especially cavalry officer's, and this grip has unusual carved panoply of arms in relief and also has a panoply of arms cast into the guard and the three-dimensional face of Lady Liberty adorns the face of the pommel. The silvered scabbard is decorated with cast, repousse, and engraved renditions of grapes, grape vines, and grape leaves. There is laurel decoration on back of sword rings which match similar laurel decorations at top crown of pommel. The blade is beautifully etched and contains the motto "FOR UNION AND LIBERTY" once in a ribbon below an eagle's head and then on opposite side of blade in a large 6" panel. This sword has an engraved presentation to Lt. Col. John L. McGee of the Third West Virginia cavalry. McGee entered service as Captain in 1861 in the 1st Virginia Cavalry. He transferred in February of 1862 as Major in the 3rd West Virginia Cavalry, was promoted to Lt. Colonel in October 1864 and finally was made full colonel March 10th of 1865. McGee and the 3rd West Virginia Cavalry saw action mostly in the Shenandoah Valley and West Virginia but were present at the Battle of Gettysburg. Carved ivory cavalry officer's sabers are a rare commodity. This is a fine example of a presented example in fine complete condition. PROVENANCE: Kevin Hoffman Collection. CONDITION: Sword is very good to fine overall. The massive 36" blade is bright overall with scattered areas of staining and pitting. 17" panels are deeply etched and all discernible. Silver-colored scabbard is sound and solid with scattered stains and areas of pitting. Engraved inscription is crisp and discernible as can be seen in pictures. The ivory grip is sound, solid, and complete with normally encountered aged cracks. Ivory has a yellow/white patina. Brass hilt, pommel, and scabbard mounts have brass patina with scattered areas of staining and about 50% of original gilt remains. 4-46916View additional info »
Description: Gen. Stanhope answered Lincoln's call within a month of the bombardment of Fort Sumter as Captain of the US 12th Inf. Stanhope was wounded and taken prisoner at the Battle of Gaines' Mill on June 27, 1862. He was prisoner of war at the notorious Libby Prison in Richmond, VA, was exchanged in Aug. 1862 and was soon made Col. of the 2nd Cincinnati Vol. The Cincinnati Vol. defended Cincinnati and Covington, KY during Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan's raids. Stanhope saw further service in KY and finally commanding a battalion of volunteers in the advance to Port Royal, VA. On the staff of Gen. Getty in various VA. operations Stanhope commanded regiment near Petersburg, VA. Then Col. of the newly formed 55th KY Inf., Stanhope took part in operations in late 1864 and early 1865 in KY. Near wars end in April 1865, Stanhope rejoined the 12th US Inf. and commanded the post of Norfolk, VA. There is a massive archive of documents concerning provenance and history of Stanhope and this sword which accompanies. This sword is the highest grade of Ames M-1850 Foot Officer's sword with solid, gold plated brass scabbard with elaborate engraved panels and high relief decoration. The 30-1/2" blade is in near new condition with the fanciest Ames "spider web" etching in 22" panels. Casing retains both orig scabbards in near new condition. The field scabbard made of browned steel with typical gold plated staff and field mounts. Casing beautifully presents sword and both scabbards, which is a very rare Ames product. Both scabbards and sword are maker marked. It is most unusual to see a Foot Officer's sword given to a Gen., but this foot is of the highest grade, having extra chasing and engraving on the pommel and hilt, beautifully matching the presentation scabbard given to Stanhope by his staff at Camp Wallace KY, Sept. 19, 1862. PROVENANCE: Kevin Hoffman Collection. CONDITION: Sword overall is in very fine condition retaining most of its orig shine and plating. The 30-1/2" blade is bright retaining most of all of its origl luster with small areas of staining. 21" etched panels are crisp, all discernible and are rarely seen better as can be seen in photos. Brass hilt and scabbard mounts on both scabbards retain most all of there original gilting, though scabbard body on presentation scabbard retains 90% of its orig plate with chocolate brown patina where plating is worn. Shark skin grip has typical separation where ends meet from shrinkage with age. Gilted, twisted brass wire is complete and tight. Sword case has areas of wear and slight reductions to blue velvet lining. Hinges and lock are intact and sound, wood body retains most of its orig varnish with scattered areas of staining and scratching. 4-46921 JS91View additional info »
Description: This grouping consists of gold medal presented by The American Institute of New York in 1849 and is inscribed "Awarded to Ames Manufacturing Co. For Swords of elegant Workmanship. 1849.". Gold medal measures 1-3/32" dia and weighs 16 grams. Accompanying this gold medal is an original one page manuscript memorandum listing 16 of the medals received by Americ's premier 19th century sword manufacturer from the Ames Archives from 1835-1853. It must be assumed that the swords displayed by Ames at the 1849 American Society Fair in New York City were the fabulous congressional presentation swords authorized by Congress and the US Adjutant General in the previous year given to Mexican War heros; Zachary Taylor, Gen. Quitman, Twiggs, Worth, Henderson, Butler and Gen. Hamer. The large silver medal presented by The American Institute of New York measures 2-3/8" dia and weighs 94 grams. Inscription on this medal reads "Awarded to Ames Mfg. Co. for the best specimens of Swords. 1856.". A third medal in bronze was awarded to Ames for manufacture of ironically "Bronze" Dahlgren Boat Howitzers. This medal presented by the Hampden County Agriculture & Mechanical Society of Massachusetts has inscription which reads "To James T. Ames, For Boat Gun and Carriage. 1856.". The American Institute was an organization authorized by the state of New York to award American ingenuity, technology and production of superior products. Each year many thousands attended their fairs to view American advances in agriculture and manufacture. The Hampden County Society Award also had competitive fairs in Springfield, Mass for the plethora of manufacturers in the Connecticut River Valley. PROVENANCE: Ames family. Collection of Norm Flayderman. Kevin Hoffman Collection. CONDITION: The gold medal is in excellent condition retaining much of its original luster and very crisp detail as can be seen in photographs with scattered small scratches. Silver medal is in excellent condition retaining some of its original luster with scattered small scratches and light wear to the highest relief areas. The bronze medal is in excellent condition with much of its original red-bronze patina with scattered areas of staining as can be seen in photos. 4-46902 JS96View additional info »
Lot 2019: HIGH GRADE IVORY STATUE GRIP SWORD OF A.F. NEWLAND, 6TH INDIANA, KILLED DURING THE ATLANTA CAMPAIGN.
Description: Among the rarest of American Civil War presentation swords are those with carved ivory grips. Even rarer are full figure statues carved into grips. This grip contains a 3-1/2" rendition of Lady Liberty holding a sword with another rendition of Liberty cast in relief in the pommel above her head. Below the carved Liberty guard terminates into an eagle head quillon with ruby eyes. The guard of this sword features a "US" superimposed on either side of an eagle fighting a snake. This sword, an import from Clauberg of Solingen, has quill back blade etched with American military motifs and very high relief scabbard mounts which appear 3-dimentional. The presentation reads "LIEUT. A. F. NEWLAND FROM THE MEMBERS OF COMPANY F 6TH REGT. IND. VOL(S)." The middle mount is inscribed with two of the battles this unit and Newland were involved in "SHILOH" and "STONE(S) RIVER". 6th Indiana was a hard fighting Western Theater unit that had many casualties in the Atlanta Campaign, including now Captain Newland who was killed May 27, 1864 near Dallas, Georgia. He no doubt had this sword when he was killed. A file of provenance accompanies this sword. PROVENANCE: Pictured in John Thillmann "Civil War Army Swords" page 302, also pictured in Kevin Hoffmann "Swords of Honor and Regulation", Kevin Hoffman Collection. CONDITION: Very good to fine. 32" blade is bright/gray with scattered areas of staining and light pitting. Etched panels orig had gold background which is only seen in traces now, although all etched panels are deeply etched and discernible. Ivory grip is fine and solid with several hairline cracks in its spirally cut body. Lady Liberty shows excellent carved details. Hilt and pommel retain 60-70% of their orig gold wash with remainder with bronze patina. Scabbard mounts retain strong traces of orig gold wash in protected areas with remainder being bronze patina. Scabbard body retains some orig brown finish, though mostly turning plum with scattered areas of staining and pitting. 4-46917 JS74View additional info »
Lot 2020: HIGH GRADE CARVED IVORY HILTED MOUNTED STAFF OFFICER'S SWORD TO CAPTAIN JOSEPH STRUNK, 2ND NEW YORK CAVALRY.
Description: This beautiful high grade sword is in wonderful condition with a nearly new gold damascus blade with high grade decorated hilt and scabbard with rare carved ivory grip with a full figure of lady liberty. The presentation on silvered scabbard reads "Presented to Lt. J. Strunk by the Members of CO. B 2nd Vet. Cav. NYV". Strunk entered this unit August 26, 1863 in Saratoga, NY as 1st Lt. which is about the time he received this sword, because within a few months he had been promoted captain. This unit, known as the "Empire Light Cavalry" originally stationed near Washington, DC then moved to New Orleans where it took part as part of Arnold's cavalry division. Strunk and his unit would see action 18 times during the Red River Campaign suffering a loss of 77 killed, wounded and missing. After Red River in June, July and August the unit was involved in operations in LA. and MS. including actions in St. Francisville, Bayou Sara, Clinton, Liberty Creek and Pascagoula. In action at McLeod's Mills, Louisiana the unit lost 11 killed and wounded. In 1865, with the first brigade, Strunk's unit, saw action in FL and AL. Finally being mustered out in November near Talladega, AL. PROVENANCE: Kevin Hoffman Collection. CONDITION: Sword overall is very good, fine condition with 32" damascus blade retaining most of its color with scattered staining and pitting, especially at tip. 8-1/2" etched panels with gold highlights and background retains almost all of its orig finish with minor areas of staining as can be seen in pictures. The hilt, which has decoration of US and American eagle fighting a snake and high relief lady liberty bust in pommel retain 80-90% of there orig gold wash. The heavy silver scabbard body with silver patina has scattered stains, dents and scratches with sharp, crisp inscription. Scabbard mounts have high relief decorations of Panoply of Arms and lady liberty. Mounts retain 30-40% of there orig gold wash. Blade retains its orig scallop cut felt washer. The 5" carved ivory grip has cross hatched decoration on reverse and a 3-1/2" panel containing a detailed carving of lady liberty carrying her sword, laurel wreath and patriotic shield with 13 stars cut in relief above her. There is approx. 1" x 1" chip repair to base of grip not affecting the relief cut figure. 4-46915 JS94View additional info »
Description: This is an unusual Ames sword with a massive 32" etched blade that is in nearly new condition. Sword exhibits a rare engraved sheet silver grip and highly engraved gold plated scabbard and hilt. This sword has an 1871 presentation plaque "To Captain William Strachan 9th Regimen Massachusetts Vol Militia" but the intriguing presentation is found under this plaque directly inscribed on scabbard "To Maj. H.D. Johnson Jr. 1st Reg. Virginia Brigade US Vols by his brother officers 1862". More research needs to be done to find who Maj. Johnson was, Loyal Virginians were usually in the Western part of the state that became West Virginia in 1863. Why was this fine sword represented? That is a mystery - this cataloger cannot answer. Regardless this is an Ames rarity. PROVENANCE: Pictured in John Tillmann "Civil War Army Swords" page 286 and 287, also pictured in Kevin Hoffmann "Swords of Honor and Regulation", Kevin Hoffman Collection. CONDITION: Sword is overall in very good to find condition. The blade is bright/white with etched panels retaining most of their orig luster with small areas of scattered staining and pitting and a few small nicks in cutting edge near tip. The sheet silver grip still has fine engraved geometric and floral designs around a central 1" medallion with engraved eagle, interestingly holding arrows in both talons where the American eagle is usually shown with arrows for war and an olive branch for peace. The reverse side of grip has large 3" engraved panoply of arms with several small dents. Sheet silver overall very good with dark patina in recessed areas with scattered small scratches and stains. Brass hilt with eagle in basket and eagle head quillon along with pommel retain most of their orig gilting with gold losses at high areas. High areas lacking gilt have a chocolate colored patina, as can be seen in photos. Scabbard has raised relief decoration at mounts and a large engraved panel 10-1/2" long of floral military decoration. Scabbard retains most of its gold plating like hilt with worn areas of a chocolate to mustard patina. There is a 4-1/2" raised relief applied floral decoration that is fit to bottom of scabbard with gap and its retaining screw is possibly replaced. 4-46918 JS68View additional info »
Lot 2022: HIGH GRADE PRESENTATION CAVALRY OFFICER'S SWORD TO MAJOR (AND LATER GENERAL) OLIVER B. KNOWLES.
Description: This high grade Cavalry Saber has a most unique guard decorated with high relief grape and grape leaf motif. Pommel is similarly decorated in relief with acorns and oak leaves. German silver scabbard is finely engraved with patriotic and floral motifs, including a 4" standing Cavalryman holding flag with "U.S.C." (United States Cavalry).Scabbard also has high relief ring mounts decorated with laurel leaves and berries. The cast grip is heavily silvered with unique design, almost modern abstract in its placement of long lozenge shaped planes on stippled background with chased rococo edging similar to what is seen on scabbard throat, drag and top of pommel. The two outside branches of guard are chased with a laurel and berry design emulating design on two sword mounts. An oval silver presentation plaque is framed and attached to scabbard which reads "PRESENTED BY THE LINE OFFICERS, 21ST PENNA. CAV. TO O.B. KNOWLES, MAJOR COMMANDING". Oliver Knowles entered the war as a Private in July 1861 in the Lincoln Cavalry. He was promoted six times before receiving this sword as Major in August 1863 when the 21st Pennsylvania Cavalry was formed. This unit did not see action until Spring of 1864 when it became heavily involved in actions around Richmond and Petersburg. On March 29, 1865 the 21st had the advance against Petersburg near Amelia Springs and lost 98 out of 234 engaged in less than an hour's fighting. Within two weeks the war would have ended but now Colonel Knowles' regiment would have over 400 casualties in the final ten months of the war. Knowles was Breveted General in March 1865 for gallant and meritorious in these late campaigns of the war. Knowles died the following year in 1866. A file of provenance accompanies this sword. PROVENANCE: Pictured in John Thillmann "Civil War Cavalry & Artillery Sabers" page 485 and 486; pictured Kevin Hoffman "Swords of Honor & Regulation"; Kevin Hoffman Collection. CONDITION: Sword overall is in fine condition. The 34" blade is bright with 16" etched panels with patriotic motifs including a spread wing eagle with "E Pluribus Unum" in ribbon in his beak, crossed American flags over a patriotic Colombian shield, the motto "Union" and a large "US". There are scattered areas of staining and pitting. Remnants of orig protective washer remain. Hilt retains 80-90% of orig gold wash. Scabbard mounts retain 30-40% orig gold wash. German silver scabbard retains about 50% of its silver plate and grips retains about 95% of its orig silver. Scabbard body has one dent about 1" x 1/2" just below middle ring mount. 4-46920 JS75View additional info »
Description: This sword, like products of this artistic Newark, NJ maker, utilize "Mother of pearl" in mountings and this sword exhibits seven mother-of-pearl slabs carved and inset into medallions in scabbard. The pommel of sword shows a bust of a U.S. Staff Officer. General William Walton Morris entered service 5-14-1861 as Lt. Col. of US 4th Light Artillery and 11-1-1861 Colonel of 2nd US Light Artillery. Morris was Brevetted Brig-General 6-9-1862 and Maj-General 12-10-1865. He died 12-11-1865 at Ft. McHenry, MD. Morris was a military man. He graduated from West Point in 1820 and had 3 sons, also Union Officers during the Civil War. He fought in the Seminole Wars 1836-37 and was cited for gallantry against the Indians. He served during the Mexican War with the artillery. His assignment prior to war was in Baltimore at Ft. McHenry where he quilled the rioting among Confederate sympathizers in Baltimore April 19, 1861, by firing his cannon on the rioters! Morris served at his post at Ft. McHenry until his death 12-11-1865. PROVENANCE: Kevin Hoffman Collection. CONDITION: This sword is in very good fine condition. Sharkskin grip is complete and intact along with original brass wire wrap. There is some wear to high areas with minor chipping and staining. The 31" double-edged blade retains most of its original luster and shine with scattered areas of staining and pitting. 20" etched panels with various patriotic and floral motifs are easily discerned. The high relief scabbard mounts contain seven separate mother-of-pearl medallions the largest being 2" with US and a star, other medallions include patriotic motifs of a five-pointed star, a shield, George Washington's head, two Masonic, and a smiling man-in-the moon surrounded by stars. All carvings are done in relief. 4-46911 JS84View additional info »
Description: This is a most unusual sword by the very artistic Newark, NJ maker. The pommel of this sword is decorated with the head of a soldier which is thought to be Ulysses S. Grant taken from an early portrait. This unique grip is made from two large carved slabs of mother-of-pearl with bands of brightly colored abalone and darker mother-of-pearl. This sword is in the pattern of a model 1860 General Staff Officer's sword unique to this maker. General Tyler entered the war in 1861 raising the 7th Ohio Volunteer Infantry and was elected the Regiment's first Colonel. By mid-1862, Tyler was made Brigadier General and given the command of a brigade where he led his troops in several engagements against Stonewall Jackson in the Valley Campaign. Tyler now saw service as commander of brigade in the 5th Corps, was involved in the Maryland Campaign, Battle of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and the Battle of Monoccy. Tyler left service in August of 1865, and became the Post Master of Baltimore, MD. PROVENANCE: Kevin Hoffman Collection. CONDITION: Sword is very good to fine overall. 31-1/2" double-edged blade, is bright/gray with much of its original luster. 20" etched panels being all discernible with scattered areas of staining and pitting. The 3-1/2" mother-of-pearl slabs are elaborately carved with leaf decorations surrounding central medallions. There is a 2" chip missing from obv slab as seen in photos which really does not affect aesthetics. The edges between slabs are decorated with bands of alternating abalone and different colored mother-of-pearl materials. Brass hilt and scabbard are smooth with scattered areas of staining, small dents, and scratches retaining 20% to 30% of their original gold wash. 4-46910 JS83View additional info »
Description: This sword is in "as found" condition and is in beautifully preserved condition. Col. Paul Joseph Revere was born in 1832 being the paternal grandson of the American Revolutionary War hero Paul Revere. Like his grandfather before him, Revere lived in Boston. He graduated from Harvard in 1862 and then accepted a commission in the 20th Mass. Inf. known as the Harvard Regiment. Revere was involved in the battles around Richmond, Fredricksburg, Chancellorsville, and finally Gettysburg where on July 2nd a shell fragment tore into his left lung, mortally wounding him. He died on July 4th and was posthumously brevetted Brig. Gen. for gallant and meritorious service at this battle. Revere is buried at Mt. Auburn cemetery in Cambridge Mass. where many notable figures are buried including Robert Gould Shaw who would be killed two weeks after Revere in the attack on Ft. Wagner with the 54th Mass. Revere sword is an Ames model 1850 foot officers sword in excellent condition in 1850 Staff & Field. Inscription is from 11 of his Harvard friends where only initials are shown as can be seen in photos. A file of correspondence and provenance accompanies this sword. PROVENANCE: Pictured on page 256, 257 John H. Thillmann, "Civil War Army Swords". Kevin Hoffman Collection. CONDITION: Sword is in very good to fine condition overall. The 30-1/2" blade retains discernible fine etched panels with scattered staining and pitting. Shark skin grip is complete and intact with minor chipping and wear to high areas. The orig twisted wire wrap is complete and tight. Scabbard body is sound and solid with strong traces of orig blued finish with scattered small scrapes and scratches. Brass mounts, hilt and pommel exhibit mustard/chocolate patina. 4-46923 JS88View additional info »
Description: This unique sword is in wonderful condition and may be the only Civil War American Officer's sword made in Sweden. This sword is pictured in David Stroud's "Inscribed Union Swords, 1861-1865". Col. Norton was Quartermaster in two New York regiments while on the staff of General Fitz John Porter from June 6, 1861 to January 6, 1863. There are several articles written concerning this sword and copies accompany. This sword exhibits a Damascus blade with gold decoration including a 5" panel with Norton's signature in gold. This signature is identical to his facsimile signature found on Civil War documents contained in accompanying archive. According to an article from the September/October 1994 "Association of American Sword Collectors" by Lee Garigliano, this pattern sword follows the Swedish infantry model pattern of 1859. However, the designs cast in relief into branches, backstrap and scabbard mounts are purely "Nordic animal style" and can be seen in Viking art well over a thousand years ago. Norton's monogram "CBN" is also cut in relief in lozenge in knucklebow. The formed sharkskin grip is not seen in American swords. This is a very high quality sword, worthy of the finest American makers or finest retailers. We are not sure of Norton's Swedish connections however he did travel to Europe for the War Department after the Civil War and compiled a report on war munitions exhibited in Paris, among others. Based on the maker's mark "JOH. SVENGREN/ESKILSTUNA", Johan Svengren's business, which according to the Garigliano article was not formed until 1868, which probably dates this sword from that date when Norton was in Europe, but we can not preclude that this is a war time sword as purported in several of the articles. Regardless, it is a stunning "piece of art" in the very finest condition. CONDITION: Very good to fine overall. Brass hilt, backstrap and scabbard mounts retain much of their orig gold wash. Grip is excellent, being intact and apparently made from shaping, sanding and polishing sharkskin. 31" Damascus blade has two gold panels, one showing General Norton's signature and the second showing a panoply of arms beneath geometric and floral decorations. Iron scabbard body is smooth with scattered staining and light scratches, as is iron drag which contain small amounts of orig gilt. Accompanying sword hanger chains are probably 20th Century and overall very good with about half their orig gilt. 4-46075 JS45View additional info »
Description: This sword has scabbard with top mount inscribed "WM. S. JOHNSON, ADC". Below this name are 11 battle honors including: "Vicksburg, Resaca, Kennesaw Mtn, Siege of Atlanta, Griswoldville, and Bentonville. We are not sure who this particular Aide-de-Camp is but he was involved in the action at Griswoldville so he should be able to be found. The sword, which is agent marked "Schuyler Hartley & Graham, New York", has a triangular blade which is etched with patriotic and geometric patterns. The grip is tortoise shell or at least colored that way. The folding langette has a cast American eagle and the fixed langette has an applied silver colored eagle. CONDITION: 31-3/4" blade is gray/white with scattered areas of staining. 15" etched panels are all clear and discernible. Folding langette has a lock button, which functions. Fixed langette has a maker's mark, which can be seen in photos, with letters "FBD" around a helmet and sword. Guard, knucklebow and pommel are uncleaned and retain strong traces of gold finish in protected areas. There is a "US" cast into knucklebow, as can be seen in photos. Scabbard body is brown steel with brass engraved mounts. Top mount is missing throat. Mounts have similar patina to brass and hilt. 4-46073 JS44View additional info »
Description: This antebellum South Carolina militia sword dates circa 1850 and several examples are known carried by South Carolina officers during the Civil War. This pattern exhibits 3" languet with South Carolina state seal consisting of raised relief of Palmetto tree above the date "1776". Pommel is of a helmeted figure and knucklebow terminates into an eagle head quillon. Solid brass scabbard is engraved with floral and geometric decoration. Grip contains 2 large mother of pearl panels. Blade, which is in near new condition, has blue and gold decoration with central panels of panoply of arms. CONDITION: Brass hilt, pommel and languet have yellow/mustard patina. Scabbard has yellow patina under old cleaning and small traces of orig gilt with scattered small dings, small dents and scratches. There is a set of scratched initials at top of scabbard which are only partly discernible, as can be seen in photos, which might represent the sword's owner who carried it. The 30-3/4" blade is white/bright with 13" blue and gold etched panels. Blue and gold decoration is over 90% intact (as can be seen in photos). 4-46074 JS27View additional info »
Description: Wonderful imported sword circa 1805 with 30 1/2" curved three color blade, 1-5/16" at the ricasso. Blade has sgl fuller and blue and gilt etched blade with foliate patterns and a trophy of arms with liberty cap on left side and foliate patterns on right side with "Warranted", a Federal eagle w/ "E Pluribus Unum" in a riband. It has silver, eagle-head pommel with classic 5-ball silver-plated D-shaped handguard and hilt w/ round quillon with ribbed ivory handle and silver ferrule. Accompanied by its orig silver mounted leather scabbard. PROVENANCE: This exact sword appears as color plate X in "The American Eagle-Pommel Sword" by Mowbray. Ex Retzlaff Coll. CONDITION: Very fine. Blade is excellent, bright with no nicks and light scattered spots of moderate oxidation with most of the blue and gold etched patterns intact .Ivory handle is hand worn and has taken on a honey gold patina. Silver has rubbed a bit on handle otherwise fine. Scabbard body is sound and pliable with some crazing and loss of original surface but is complete and fits well w/ proper recoloring. Silver mounts are fine. 4-46898 JWD22View additional info »
Description: This wonderful sword fresh to market and just recently found in Philadelphia estate is signed "I. KUCHER" in a 5/8" cartouche on knuckle bow. Jacob Kucher was a well-known Philadelphia silversmith known for his helmet pommeled swords. Most swords by Kucher are unmarked but we know his work by his distinctive helmets. There are several known examples in the John Lattimer collection and several are pictured in Daniel Hartzler's "Silver Mounted Swords Featuring Silver Hilts Through the Golden Age". One example of a Kucher helmet pommel is shown on the cover of this book. This sword is in very fine "as found" condition with a 31" blade with 9" etched panel on each side which read "NO ME SAQVES SIN RASON NO ME ENBAINES SIN HONOR" which translates "DO NOT DRAW ME WITHOUT REASON DO NOT SHEATH ME WITHOUT HONOR". The 6-1/4" hilt stirrup shaped silver hilt has 5" crossguard and the distinctive plumed helmet which is 2-3/4" tall. The knuckle bow is about 1/4" wide where it enters pommel flaring to 7/8" and tapering back down to about 1/4" where it is touch marked before forming crossguard. A spirally cut ivory grip rests on crossguard with 1/4" silver bbl. The accompanying silver mounted tooled leather scabbard appears identical to a Kucher sword shown in Hartzler's book on p. 296. Scabbards on these early American silver hilts are rarely found. This is a fine example of a unique patterned silver hilted officer's sword and possibly the only one to have ever come to public auction. This sword has been photographed by Mr. Hartzler for his upcoming expanded text on American silver hilted swords. CONDITION: Sword overall is very good to fine. Silver hilt exhibits dark uncleaned silver patina. Cartouche is bright and easily discerned as can be seen in photos. Silver knights head pommel overall is very good, well detailed as seen in pictures. There is only one small dent in back as can be seen in photos. So often these hollow silver cast pommels are badly dented and often crushed and have to be restored. Ivory grip sound and solid with a couple hairline age cracks and old chipping about 1/2" on top of grip on left side adjacent to pommel. Blade overall is gray with scattered areas of staining and light pitting near tip. Etched markings are crisp and easily discerned as can be seen in pictures. Scabbard is solid but dry with flaking to about 50% of surface. Scabbard is black overall where dyed. Scabbard is missing about 4" at end including drag. The silver metal mount is fine still retaining its 1/2" split ring. Top mount also retains its 1/2" split ring though an apparent scalloped extention on obverse of throat is broken and missing. 8-76326 JS51View additional info »
Description: This is a fabulous sword exhibiting a branched hilt with large oval medallion with "CS" seen on a few Leech & Rigdon cavalry officer's sabers. This particular sword utilizes this hilt. A 31-1/2" staff officer's blade in a brass mounted leather scabbard. This sword is well provenanced to Lt.Col. Meek who was from Columbus, Mississippi where this sword was made. Sword was photographed in 1938 in the Meek home in Columbus and included in volume 44, Part 1, of "Source Material for Mississippi History". As can be seen in photos, sword is wonderfully etched with a large "CS" and "LEECH & RIGDON, COLUMBUS, MISS". Sword is in wonderful overall condition and appears identical to when it was photographed in 1938 as part of a WPA historical society. There is a very large file and archive on Meek's history and provenance on this sword. Lt.Col. Meeks has a long and colorful Southern history, as did his fore-bearers. Meek was a politician prior to and after the war. He was a friend and business partner with Nathan Bedford Forrest. Meek entered the war in Nov 1861, first with the 5th Regiment Mississippi Volunteer troops, which was designated Company C, 1st Regiment Mississippi Regiment. On Dec 20, 1861 the unit moved by rail to Corinth, Miss. Meek stated in his diary that he has traveled 134 miles and noted that his sword and gun were the gifts of a friend, J.T. Harrison (a prominent attorney and citizen of Columbus, Miss. who was elected as delegate to the Confederate Constitution Convention and who later served in the Confederate Congress and was a personal friend of Jefferson Davis. He was later elected to the U.S. Congress after the war.) Meek was elected to the rank of Lt.Col. of 1st Regiment on December 8, 1861, but was released from service within three months, seeing very little action. On April 12, 1862, five days after the battle of Shiloh, Meek reentered the military service as Lt. of Company H 35th Mississippi Infantry. Meek and the 35th Mississippi would now see service at Corinth; Tupelo, Mississippi; Holly Springs; Grenada; and Vicksburg. Meek resigned in March 1863, stating that his duties as District Attorney were more compelling. Meek was involved in court-marshal proceedings as a trial attorney in Vicksburg before heading home to Columbus. Meek again entered service as Captain of Company D 1st State Troops, Mississippi Infantry and within a week was appointed Lt.Col. by order of Governor Clark. Meek saw the balance of the war in various administration functions and garrison duties. Meek died December 21, 1901 and is buried in Friendship Cemetery in Columbus, Mississippi. His wife died four days later on Christmas Day and his daughter died December 29th, all dying of Typhoid Fever. PROVENANCE: Lt.Col. Samuel Mills Meek; other family descendants of Meek; James C. Harris; private Southern collection. CONDITION: Blade is gray overall with scattered areas of staining and pitting. Etched panels are complete and discernible. Brass hilt and pommel exhibit rich dark patina with heavy mottled gold which almost appears as being painted on. Leather grip is 90% intact with areas of flaking and chipping at high areas. Orig twisted brass wire is all intact and tight. Scabbard is sound and solid and supple. Mounts exhibit yellow/mustard patina with scattered small dents, scrapes and scratches. Blade is missing from drag. Top mounts are both loose due to shrinkage of leather. Brass sword connecting rings are both bent tight, as can be seen in photos. 4-46531 JS22View additional info »
Description: This is among the finest examples of a very rare Confederate regulation pattern sword with probably less than 20 examples known. This sword retains almost all of its orig gilt and luster. The 29-1/2" blade exhibits 15" to 17" etched panels showing cotton plants and patriot naval motifs such as crossed cannons superimposed over a fluted anchor and a Confederate first national flag superimposed over a fluted anchor. This sword also has a well struck agent's mark "COURTNEY & TENNET, CHARLESTON, SC." The correct scabbard has decoration of naval knots attaching sword rings and the drag has intertwined snakes, which is unique to this pattern. The hilt on this sword is decorated in the basket with cotton and tobacco surrounding an oval medallion with a fluted anchor superimposed over crossed cannons. Shark skin grip is wrapped with triple wire protected by a backstrap representing a sea serpent or dolphin with a scaled back. Very rarely are these swords ever seen in such high condition and this is no doubt the finest specimen to ever come to auction. PROVENANCE: Private Southern collection CONDITION: Blade exhibits most all of its orig luster, etched panels are bright and clear, as can be seen in photos, with scattered areas of staining and pitting. Brass hilt and backstrap retain close to all of their orig gilt with scattered areas of staining, as can be seen in photos. Shark skin grip is complete, showing wear at the high spots. Wire is complete and tight. Scabbard is sound and solid, though there is one weak area and 3/4" cut between drag and middle mount. Scabbard mounts retain about 30-40% orig gilt with scattered storage scratches and one small dent in top mount. 4-46528 JS13View additional info »
Description: This is possibly the finest standard model E.J. Johnston foot officer's sword known. Blade is bright and frosty with full maker's mark and a large "CS" etched on blade. Scabbard is perfect, as is the hilt and grip. At one time had a tag that said "Captain Munson". This tag is now missing and there was no further attribution. Regardless, if you wanted the finest E.J. Johnston in orig scabbard, this is it. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman; private Southern collection. CONDITION: Fine overall. 29-3/4" blade is white/bright with much orig luster and scattered staining and pitting. Two 7-1/2" etched panels contain floral and geometric decoration with a large "C.S" and maker's mark "E.J. JOHNSTON & CO., MACON, GA." Grip is unique to E.J. Johnston, being highly polished and blackened wood. Grip is wrapped with its orig twisted copper wire which is slightly loose. Distinctive brass hilt and pommel are foliate decorated, with rich patina. Orig leather scabbard is sewn on the back with two incised parallel lines running length of scabbard. Leather body is sound and solid with one weak area at drag. There is scuffing and flaking of the orig black dyed surface, as can be seen in photos. Scabbard is mounted with high copper scabbard mounts and thin brass ring mounts and brass blade to drag; mounts are loose due to shrinkage of leather. Scabbard mounts exhibit rich patinas with brass portion matching colors of the hilt. 8-76341 JS23View additional info »
Lot 2033: CONFEDERATE "LEECH & RIDGON" FOOT OFFICER'S SWORD INSCRIBED TO LT. ERNEST PORTIS, 42ND ALABAMA.
Description: This classic pattern foot officer's sword with "CS" cast in guard was most likely made by Leech & Ridgon in Columbus, Mississippi while Lt. Portis was stationed in Columbus between June and September of 1862. Portis no doubt had this sword when he, along with other members of the 42nd and the 2nd Texas, assaulted Ft. Robinett at the Battle of Corinth, taking 50% casualties, where Portis was wounded. Portis returned to service after his wounding and stayed in the service in various capacities. He was captured in April 1865 at Claiborne, Alabama. Portis survived the war and worked as a physician until his death in 1903. A large portfolio accompanies this sword detailing Portis' history and further provenance on this sword. Portis lead quite an interesting life after serving in his father's regiment. His post war history is just as interesting and intriguing with his time as a physician and his romances in the deep South. Portis was buried on his property in Vancleave, Mississippi. Very rare are Leech & Ridgon with fully etched blades such as this. Recent information has shown that Jacob Faser was working in Columbus, Mississippi in this time frame and no doubt was the finest etcher and sword detailer in the Confederacy. Most of the handful of fully etched Leech & Ridgon swords seem to be generated in this time frame in Columbus, Mississippi. This sword in our opinion is the finest example of a Leech & Ridgon foot officer's sword known, especially with such provenance and condition. PROVENANCE: Lt. E.A. Portis, John Hammer, James C. Harris. CONDITION: Fine overall, 29" blade is gray/white overall, retaining much of its orig luster with scattered areas of staining. 16" etched floral patterns contain a 5" panel "LIEUt. ERNEST PORTIS 42 ALA. REGT". Brass hilt, scabbard mounts retain a smooth well patina surface. Leather grip is complete with most of its orig luster. Twisted brass wire wrap is also complete and tight. Scabbard body is sound and solid though ring mounts are all loose from apparent shrinkage of orig leather scabbard. Scabbard mounts have a classic pedestal ring mount and scalloped edges unique to this manufacturer. 8-76342 JS15View additional info »
Description: Little is known about the firm of Goody & Jones of London, however London newspaper advertisements do show advertisements by Goody & Jones of 40 Pall Mall offering military goods including Confederate uniforms and regalia. These ads appear early in the war, in 1862. This is the only surviving or known sword by this retailer and may have been their sale sample as it is so spectacular. The iron basket hilt incorporates a 1-3/4" high Confederate drooped wing eagle with "CSA" engraved on its breast surmounted below a ribbon of 11 stars, representing the 11 Confederate states. The 32" straight blade is intricately etched with floral and geometrical motifs with a central panel on either side of a Confederate battle flag attached on a flag pole. The grip is covered with sharkskin with the highest grade triple silver wire wrap. The entire hilt, backstrap and scabbard are silver-plated. This is a truly wonderful unique and high conditioned Confederate officer's sword that would grace the finest institutional or collection display. PROVENANCE: C.A. Huey, private Southern collection CONDITION: The blade is in excellent condition, retaining most all of its orig luster and polish. The orig protective washer is intact and the pristine silver-plated surface is visible where this washer lifts up. The balance of plating on hilt and scabbard has a mottled and eroded look due to rust and pitting beneath the silver. Sharkskin grip is complete as is the silver twisted wire. 8-76344 JS12View additional info »
Description: There are few cavalry sabers by this maker that are this nice. There are probably less then 10 examples of this marked sword and this by far has the best markings we have seen. The massive blade, just over 36", is marked on the ricasso on opposite sides, "SHARP & HAMILTON" and "NASHVILLE, TENN" in raised relief cartouches. The grip is carved wood with brown leather and twisted copper wire. Grip is bound by an iron backstrap with an iron ferrule and bird's head pommel. The cast brass guard is unique to this pattern. This company is much better known for their manufacture of Nashville Plow Works Sabers. This is probably the finest example known of this rare sword and is in beautiful untouched condition. PROVENANCE: James c. Harris CONDITION: Blade is gray with scattered areas of staining and pitting. Markings are crisp, as can be seen in photos. Hilt is smooth overall with scattered dings, dents and scratches with mustard color patina to brass. Accompanying scabbard is of type made in Columbus, Georgia but are often seen on Nashville products and most likely were contracted as such. Scabbard is missing its soldered collar and leather protective washer. Sword tip now protrudes slightly due to this lack of 1/4" spacing. Scabbard fits well with scattered staining and pitting. 8-76340 JS10View additional info »
Lot 2036: JAMES CONNING CONFEDERATE OFFICER'S SWORD OF LIEUTENANT R.M. ROGERS OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES REVENUE MARINE SERVICE.
Description: Not only is this among the finest James Conning, Mobile, Alabama, made foot officer's sword but it is also the only known presentation to a Confederate in the Revenue Marines. Lt. Rogers came from a long line of naval officers and Marines; his father William Rogers had served with Stephen Decatur on the "Enterprise" and the "Intrepid" during the War of 1812 and had been at Tripoli during the Barbary Coast War in 1804. His younger brother William F. Rogers was a U.S. Revenue Marine and later Confederate Revenue Marine. 3rd Lt Robert M. Rogers received his commission in the Confederate States Revenue Marines May 4, 1861 by order of Stephen Mallory, Secretary of the Confederate Navy. Lt. Rogers was immediately ordered to the CSS Revenue Cutter "Morgan", then stationed at Mobile, Alabama. Rogers performed his duty with efficiency, protecting Confederate assets in Mobile Bay. In December of 1861 Lt. Rogers took command of the Schooner "Clair". He transversed the Union blockade and on Feb 13, 1862 he arrived back in Mobile with a cargo of gun powder and other valuable ordnance. Within a month after his daring blockade run, Rogers was given command of the CSS gunboat "Bradford" in Pensacola, Florida and again ran the blockade from Pensacola back to Mobile. In July 1862 Rogers was ordered to Choctow Bluff, Alabama to train the men of the 36th Alabama in the use of coastal artillery guns. On August 19, 1862 Rogers was assigned to the staff of General Frank Gardner, then located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, preparing for the imminent invasion of Kentucky with Braxton Bragg. Here Rogers was in charge of ordnance. It was in this capacity that he saw active service throughout the ill fated Kentucky campaign, where according to General Gardner he served with "zeal and energy" On October 1st, in recognition for his outstanding performance and attention to duty, General Gardner recommended that Rogers be promoted to 1st Lt. of Artillery. General Gardner, in April 1863, requested Lt. Rogers be made Captain of Artillery. "Interesting note on the history of this sword is that it did not descend in the family of Lt. Rogers but in the family of Confederate Major James W. Spratley of Mobile. An examination of Major Spratley's military career and background show a close relationship to that of Captain Rogers. Rogers first met Spratley on August 19 when he was transferred to General Gardner's staff where Spratley was also on the staff. In April 1863 Rogers was ordered to Richmond, Virginia for a meeting with the War Department and perhaps visit the family of his friend Major Spratley who lived in nearby Smithfield, Virginia. In anticipation of the long, tiresome and rather difficult journey laying ahead and his inevitable return, Rogers took only the absolute essentials to make traveling as light as possible, leaving the major portion of his baggage, including his sword, with Spratley, his friend and compatriot in arms. History, of course, took a fateful hand in the sequence of events that follow and Rogers was never to see Spratley and his sword again". Spratley lived in Mobile until his death in 1912. Rogers post war residence and career remains a mystery as his life is not known after his parole on May 22, 1865 as Captain and Assistance Ordnance Officer for the State of Alabama. This most historical sword is described in detail on page 32 in William Albaugh's "Confederate Edged Weapons". Albaugh states: "This weapon was once owned by Major J. W. Spratley...on the staff of General Gardner, CSA and used at the siege of Ft. Hudson after the original owner Rogers had been killed." There are several hundreds pages of correspondence and notes concerning the history and provenance on this sword, but we cannot find any mention of Rogers' death. Rogers is also mentioned in the 1978 publication by Ralph W. Donnelly "History of the Confederate States Marine Corps". PROVENANCE: Captain Robert M. Rogers; Major James Walter Spratley; Walter W. Stephen (great-grandson); William Albaugh; James C. Harris; private Southern collection. CONDITION: 29-3/4" blade is gray/bright with scattered areas of staining and pitting. The leather grip wrap is complete. The twisted brass wire is complete and tight though there is an apparent (war time?) repair and replacement of a finer twisted brass wire. Patina to brass hilt, pommel and scabbard mounts is present with scattered scratches, small dings and dents, especially in the drag. Small traces of orig gold wash is visible on hilt, pommel and top mount and also present on snap ring from sword belt still attached to top notch. SN "204" are well struck and discernible on all 3 scabbard mounts and hilt. Leather scabbard body is sound and solid with scattered cracks, scuffs and scrapes. 8-76338 JS17View additional info »
Description: Louis Haiman of Columbus, Georgia, was one of the largest Confederate sword manufacturers making many enlisted fighting swords. Officer's swords are, however, scarce and this particular type with silver "CSA" letters cast into turn-down guard is quite rare with few examples known. Blade measures 30" with large etched panels, including two mythical birds on either side of a shield containing "CS". Blade is etched in a 2-1/2" panel "L. HAIMAN & BROTHER / MANUFACTURERS COLUMBUS GA". The grip is wrapped with patent leather with ornate double ply strand of twisted wire. The guard is beautifully gilded, highlighting applied silver "CSA" letters. The brass mounted metal scabbard is correct and orig and has a unique collared throat seen by this manufacturer. This particular pattern is thought to be the most beautiful and ornate of Confederate swords by many collectors and rarely offered. PROVENANCE: Texas family - 1980's, private southern collection. CONDITION: Blade is gray/white with scattered staining and pitting and old cleaning. Panels are deeply etched and easily discerned. Leather grip is complete, as is twisted wire wrap. Hilt retains 60-70% of its original gold gilt. The name "Cody" is prominently scratched at bottom of guard, which probably represented the original owner's name. The scabbard has scattered areas of staining and pitting. Scabbard body, which is unique to Haiman products, is lap seamed and soldered. There is a minor thin separation in seam between top mounts. Mounts retain small traces of gold plating where not cleaned with scattered dings and dents especially in drag. 8-76345 JS9View additional info »
Lot 2038: LEECH & RIDGON "FLOATING CS" OFFICER'S SWORD, CAPTAIN J.L. MADDEN, 32ND MISSISSIPPI INFANTRY.
Description: This is possibly the finest example known of a complete and identified sword of this type of which there are probably less than 20 specimens known. This particular pattern is found with SN or assembly numbers. This particular specimen is numbered "307" on the blade, each of the three scabbard mounts and both ring mounts. Sword is in beautiful and complete condition with a bright blade, good complete grip and fine patina to hilt and scabbard mounts. The sword is accompanied by a large folio of historical data including copies of old family photographs and affidavit from Madden's granddaughter stating provenance. Captain Joshua L. Madden was a member of Company D 32nd Mississippi Infantry. Madden was appointed Lieutenant April 2, 1862. He was captured in early action in Kentucky in 1862. Was later exchanged in December 1862 in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He was promoted from 2nd to 1st Lieutenant in May 1863, where he is shown as Commander of his company. Lt. Madden was wounded at the Battle of Peachtree Creek near Atlanta, Ga, in July 1864. He was promoted to Captain July 26. He was badly wounded November 30, 1864 at the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee by a "conical ball". On December 1st, in Nashville, his left leg was amputated due to wound received at Franklin. He was then captured and sent to U.S. hospital in Nashville. Madden was then sent to military prison in Louisville and then to Camp Chase Ohio and finally exchanged near war's end on March 18, 1865. Madden was now at Stuart Hospital in Richmond, Va. Madden was sent home March 29, 1865, just 10 days prior to Lee's surrender at Appomattox. Madden, with his sword, in defense of his homeland participated in major battles in the Western theater of the war, including Perryville, Kentucky; Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Chickamauga; Missionary Ridge; the battles for Atlanta; and finally Franklin, Tennessee. During the war he was wounded twice, taken prisoner twice, and was promoted twice. This is possibly the finest example of such a well identified and provenanced sword of this pattern. PROVENANCE: Captain Joshua L. Madden, Vernita Madden Swizer, Sally Dabbs (granddaughter), James C. Harris, private Southern collection. CONDITION: 32" blade is white/bright with areas of old cleaning, staining and pitting. Brass hilt, pommel and scabbard mounts retain good mustard/yellow patinas. Leather grip is 90% intact with wear with wood showing where worn at high areas. Wood is dark in these areas and matches leather well. Orig twisted wire wrap is complete and tight. Leather scabbard is sound and solid with numerous areas of crazing, flaking and cracking and added black coloration in some areas. Middle mount and throat are both loose. 8-76343 JS16View additional info »
Lot 2039: RARE AND FINE "HAYDEN & WHILDEN" CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA CONFEDERATE ARTILLERY OFFICER'S SABER.
Description: This is no doubt the finest example of this very rare sword with no more than 3 or 4 examples known. This specimen has a perfect brass scabbard, beautiful well marked blade and a perfect grip. PROVENANCE: Norm Flayderman; private Southern collection. CONDITION: 31" blade is 1-1/4" wide and almost 3/8" thick. It is gray with scattered areas of staining and pitting. Maker's mark "HAYDEN & WHILDEN, CHARLESTON" is well struck. This marking is actually an agent mark for Thomas, Griswold & Co. New Orleans who made this sword for this Charleston merchant. Sword retains its orig protective washer. Leather grip is complete, still showing some of its orig luster with a few small chips and separation where overlapped. Pommel and hilt exhibit good patina with scattered dark staining. Brass scabbard is well patinaed with high copper body, connecting rings and collar exhibiting red/brown patina. Ring bands and drag have a more yellow/mustard color that closely match hilt and pommel. 8-76339 JS24View additional info »
Description: This is no doubt one of the finest examples of probably the singularly most popular of all Confederate officer's swords. These swords, made in Kenansville, NC and Columbia, SC, exhibit a large "CSA" cast as an integral part of the hilt. This particular sword is the variety with no cut-out above the "C" and the slightly taller and thinner ferrule and pommel, which is thought to be a product of B. Douglas of Columbia, SC., though the scabbard is SN XII and painted like products of Louis Froelich of Kenansville, NC. Regardless who made this sword, it has always been together and has identical patina and traces of identical gilting on both hilt and scabbard mounts. This is by far the single finest example we have ever cataloged or seen offered. PROVENANCE: Private southern collection. CONDITION: 31-3/4" blade is gray with scattered areas of staining and pitting. The brass hilt and scabbard mounts are smooth with minor scratching and staining. The brown leather grip is complete, retaining most of its orig polish, though scuffed at about 20% of its high spots. Single iron wire wrap is also complete & tight. Brass mounts and hilt retain strong traces of gilting, which has not been noted on this pattern before. It is possible all were lightly gold washed but few retain traces like here. Scabbard body also retains 90% of its orig red/brown painted finish, though chipping and pitting, especially near drag. 4-46529 JS11View additional info »
Description: This is a very rare fine conditioned complete example of a sword which there are probably only a handful of complete examples known. This sword exhibits a 29" pen-knife style blade, unique to this Nashville, TN manufacturer. Blade is etched in 20" panels including a 3" panel with "CSA" and a panel with a Confederate flag on staff. The hilt exhibits a large "CSA" cast into bottom of its branched guard. The knuckle bow enters the pommel near its base, a College Hill feature, as is the throat's ring mount being attached at base of throat. Leather grip is complete, still retaining much of its orig luster and its orig twisted brass wire. Scabbard is complete and as fine as we have ever seen in this pattern. PROVENANCE: Private Southern collection CONDITION: Very good overall. Grip is complete. Wire is complete though slightly loose. Blade is white/bright with etched panels on obverse being 80% discernible and reverse only 50% discernible. Blade overall has been cleaned with areas of staining and pitting with several small nicks in cutting edge. Brass hilt and scabbard mounts have been cleaned and varnished, retaining nice yellow patina with scattered staining throughout. Scabbard body is sound and solid and supple. 4-46530 JS14View additional info »
Description: This is the finest standard model Dufilho foot sword we have ever seen. The blade is bright with crisp maker's mark. Sword has perfect grip and complete solid scabbard with matching patina throughout. Dufilho is a very rare New Orleans maker with few maker marked swords known and this one would be difficult to ever upgrade. CONDITION: 30" blade is white/gray overall with scattered areas of staining and pitting. Maker's mark "DUFILHO/N ORLEANS" is stamped on ricasso about 1" from hilt. Sword retains its orig buff leather washer. The scabbard is wood covered by leather with fluted brass mounts which are distinct Dufilho features. The grip is carved wood covered completely with leather which still retains much of its shine though there is crazing and wear to high areas. Tiny twisted wire wrap is complete and tight. Brass hilt, pommel and scabbard mounts have rich patinas with varying tones of chocolate and mustard. Traces of gold gilt are seen in protected areas of hilt and sword mounts. Leather covering to scabbard is complete and intact. There is some minor separation at seams. Much of the surface is flaked and scuffed but is intact and solid. 4-46533 JS20View additional info »
Description: This is a fine foot officer's sword with a good bright blade still retaining much of its orig gilting to hilt and pommel. Grip is nearly complete with twisted wire wrap. Sword most likely is made by Dufilho and has all the normally associated features including split pommel casting marks, bulbous undecorated quillon and wide 1-1/4" blade that is 1/4" thick. Sword still retains its orig red felt protective washer, typical of New Orleans and Dufilho. There is a scabbard accompanying the sword which fits the sword well and protects its bright lustrous blade. CONDITION: Blade is white/bright with scattered staining, rust and pitting. Leather grip is 80-90% intact with much of its orig brown polish though chipped and worn in high areas and near base, which can be seen in photos. Two strands of orig wire are present under pommel, additional thinner twisted copper wire was later used and is complete though loose. Hilt and pommel have good patina with about 50% of the orig gilt still present. Accompanying scabbard, that is brass mounted, is not Confederate but fits sword well and is solid though coming unsewn. Scabbard is most likely a more modern manufacture and is only included to protect the all orig sword blade. 4-46517 JS21View additional info »
Description: This is an honest example of a maker marked New Orleans Confederate sword marked on blade "DUFILHO / N.ORLEANS". The sword just came in to this auction from a local estate where it was most likely a Union souvenir brought back from the war. The sword is in "as found" condition with classic New Orleans features of unstopped fuller blade, bulbous plain quillon and split pommel construction. Though this sword lacks scabbard and wire wrap is only partially intact, it has a nice clear mark and good patina throughout. CONDITION: 30-1/2" blade is gray with scattered areas of staining and pitting. Maker's mark is well struck and discernible as can be seen in pictures. Standard floral decorated hilt and florally decorated pommel have yellow patina and two tool marks on either side of pommel. Sword is missing its protective washer but is still tight due to repeening of pommel tang as can be seen in pictures. The tool marks on either side of pommel are probably from vice when it was tightened and repeened.` 4-46776 JS132View additional info »
Description: This is only complete example known of this pattern made by Nashville Plow Works. This sword has 30î unstopped fullered blade with unique laurel leaf decoration etched for 2/3 length of blade along cutting edge. Identical etched patterns are seen on at least two standard maker marked Nashville Plow cavalry sabers. Other Nashville Plow Works features include the ìtinyî twisted copper wire grip wrap, placement for grip ferrule, unique Nashville Plow scabbard with beveled brass drag and brass ìcanoeî shaped throat. Scabbard also has same japanned finish and retains most of its color. This sword is in wonderful ìas foundî condition found by Antiqueís Road Show appraiser direct from family descent about 10 years ago. CONDITION: Very good overall, blade is gray with old cleaning with scattered staining and pitting. Etched 20î panels are 80-90% discernible on both sides of blade. Grip retains about 90% of its original leather grip wrap being worn at high areas and overall scuffed as seen in photos; three strands of wire wrap under pommel, remainder missing as is the ferrule once at base of grip. Scabbard is fine retaining most of its original black japanning, sound, solid with scattered areas of pitting. Brass scabbard mounts, hilt and pommel are overall smooth with chocolate/red patinas. 4-46983 JS111View additional info »
Description: This is a nice example of a scarce E.J. Johnston Macon, Georgia made sword with its very scarce orig Georgia style scabbard with small ring mounts. This sword and scabbard have all the E.J. Johnston characteristics associated with this manufacturer. They include polished wood grip and large square ricasso with stopped fuller. Scabbard is back sewn with typical small thin ring mounts seen on Macon and Columbus made swords. This is a nice complete example of a scarce sword that is rarely seen with orig scabbard. PROVENANCE: Fred and Nancy Edmunds. CONDITION: 30" blade is gray with scattered areas of staining and pitting. Brass hilt and pommel have good chocolate colored patina. Wood grip is sound and solid, retaining some of its orig shine and traces of its orig black coloration under the orig twisted wire, which is now slightly loose but complete. Grip has one 1/4" x 1/2" chip at base. Accompanying scabbard is sound and solid but 3/8" too short for sword. This is possibly due from shrinkage or scabbard, which is orig and correct for this sword, could have been added as the brass mounts have rich untouched patina as does the hilt, but have a different color, as can be seen in photos, with more of a chocolate/red coloration. Scabbard body is sound and solid with most of its surface being crazed, cracking and mottled. 4-46647 JS32View additional info »
Description: This is a nice example of a very popular Confederate sword with "CSA" cast into bottom of guard. This particular example is the variation that has iron instead of brass backstrap and ferrule. William Albaugh attributes these swords to College Hill Armory which was another Nashville sword manufacturer. Albaugh believes these to be by this maker due to the fact that the maker's mark "NASHVILLE PLOW WORKS" is filled in and appears as a ribbon in this particular variation. Regardless of maker, this popular Nashville made sword is a good example with orig grip and accompanying Confederate made scabbard that would display well in any collection. PROVENANCE: Fred & Nancy Edmunds CONDITION: 36" blade is smooth and brown with scattered areas of pitting, old sharpening and numerous small nicks in cutting edge. Blade appears to have old cleaning and been chemically "browned". Blade is missing its protective washer such that guard has about a 1/16" gap between guard and grip ferrule. Carved wood grip retains about 40% of its orig leather grip which is now dry, flaking and worn, especially at high areas. Thin twisted brass wire appears orig though is slightly loose. Brass hilt exhibits mustard/bronze patina with scattered areas of staining. Iron backstrap and ferrule are smooth and brown with staining and pitting. Accompanying scabbard is Confederate but not a product normally seen with this maker. Scabbard is most likely a product of the Confederate States Armory in Kenansville, N.C. Scabbard is sound and solid with good mustard colored patina to brass ring mounts. Scabbard body retains some orig red/brown paint though overall rusted and pitted with one large dent about 6" below middle mount. Brass drag is a replacement, orig scabbard would have had an iron blade. 4-46651 JS29View additional info »