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    High Grade Brass Grip Civil War Staff Officer's Sword with Inscription. 30" blade etched for 2/3 its length with unique motifs. Obverse with very thin tendril like vines with spread wing eagle in center with shield on its breast, arms panoply below. Maker's logo etched just above the ricasso "Jos. P. Fitch / New York". Reverse with the same tendril like etching covering the entire area with the exception of the central panel with script US flanked by scroll work. Blade overall near mint with absolutely no rust, pitting, nicks or stains. Guard and pommel generally regulation with engraved designs on the top of the pommel. Eaglehead quillon on deep relief brass scroll work base with jeweled eyes. Ornate scroll/engraving on the inside of the guard. Brass grip ornately embossed with decorated triangles, with twisted brass wire wrap. Hilt overall about perfect

    What appears to be the original sharkskin scabbard is excellent just showing minor wear The top ring mount displays a separately affixed arms panoply with hand engraved designs above and below. The middle mount, with brass carrying ring and separately affixed cast American eagle holding arrows and olive branch flanked by panoplies of flags at both sides, along with hand engraved decoration. The 6 1/2" lower mount with elaborate hand engraved floral and scroll designs on both the mount and the drag, exhibiting just two very minor, really negligible dents. The edges of all mounts are scalloped. The reverse of the lower mount carries the same engraved design as the obverse. The upper two mounts use cross hatched plain panels with hand engraved rays in each quadrant. The cross hatched panels are engraved with the following inscription in script letters; "Presented to / Col. John Kurtz / 23rd Mass. Inf. / December 25, 1861" on the top mount, and on the middle mount "From his Friend / John Williams / As a Token of Esteem". While expertly done with matching patina we are of the opinion this inscription was added post period. Kurtz mustered into the 13th Mass. as a Captain 7/16/61 and was discharged for promotion on 10/5/61 and commissioned into the Field and Staff of the 23rd Mass. on 9/28/61. He was promoted to Lt. Col. 9/25/61 and Colonel 10/23/61. He resigned on 11/25/62.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2012
    9th Saturday
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