Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    Superb Condition Civil War M1850 Foot Officer's Sword with Inscription. As pointed out in the introduction, while this is a truly exceptional, absolutely authentic Civil War M1850 foot officer's sword we are of the opinion the inscription is post Civil War.

    Stunning 29 3/4" blade with most unusual etch. Delicate floral/scrollwork with arms panoply and American shield in the center, with large US near the base on the obverse. The reverse with similar floral/scrollwork with two American flags at the bottom and unique spread wing eagle with stars above and hand engraved feathers, near the top. The blade is unmarked and in truly spectacular condition, with just a few light scratches near the tip and a tiny chip, really negligible, broken from the tip. Retains the original white leather washer. Regulation style hilt about perfect retaining traces of the original gilt. The brown leather and twisted brass wire wrapped grip perfect.

    Scabbard (very similar to Ames with heavy 'moulded' form and incised lines) is also near perfect, with just a few minor finish cracks near the lower mount. Plain brass mounts retain much gilt and the sword is inscribed on the top mount in block letters, "PRESENTED TO / LT. CHARLES WHITCOMB / 13th MASSACHUSETTS INF. / BY K.C.W." Again, we believe the inscription to be post Civil War period. A beautiful sword. Accompanied by a complete set of records.


    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2012
    9th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 723

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2020 September 17 The Otto Penzler Collection of Mystery Fiction, Part IV Featuring The Otto Penzler Collection of Mystery Fiction, Part IV Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    The pre and post sales experience was wonderful and flawless. Heritage has the best in-house operation I have ever seen and their people are not only professional but fun to work with, especially Steve C.

    As for Heritage's online system… Yes the interface is more complex than what we are used to with SAN but what is behind that interface is amazing for sellers and buyers alike. It is real time and for a real serious auction buyer there is nothing better in the auction industry, bar none.
    Ron Cipolla,
    AZ
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 December 14 Historic Flags of World War II Signature Auction - Dallas
    2019 December 14 Historic Flags of World War II Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $1,022,424