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    Ornate Mother of Pearl Grip Sword Presented to Captain Benjamin L. Higgins, 86th New York Volunteers.

    28 3/4-inch straight blade lavishly etched with oak leaf designs and panoply of arms on the reverse side and a complimentary design on the obverse with an eagle and "e pluribus unum" banner. No maker mark present on the blade. The gilded counterguard is decorated with two stars at either end with a Roman soldier motif in the center. The gilded knuckle bow and pommel are decorated with ornate foliate designs. Multi-strand wire wrapped mother of pearl grip panels. Gilded brass scabbard engraved on the reverse side "to Capt. Benjamin L. Higgins 86th N.Y. Vols. Aug. 2, 1861 from the Firemen of Syracuse".

    Benjamin L. Higgins was 34 years old when he enlisted in Syracuse on August 19, 1861 as a captain. On August 12, 1861 he was commissioned into A Company of the New York 86th Volunteer Infantry. He was promoted three times during his service ultimately to colonel on July 1, 1863. He was wounded the next day at Gettysburg and again at Locust Grove, Virginia on November 27, 1863. He was discharged as a result of his wounds on June 25, 1864. Higgins' association with the Syracuse volunteer fire department began at the early age of 11 when he served as torch boy for Engine Company No. 1. He served as chief of the department from 1848 until 1861 when he joined the 86th New York. After the war he entered local politics and remained active in G.A.R. activities. He died November 19, 1891.

    Condition: Excellent. The blade has a smooth gray patina. The gilding remains strong on the hilt; the mother of pearl grip panels have a few slight chips. The scabbard has a few shallow dents near the tip.




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    Auction Dates
    December, 2021
    12th Sunday
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