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    Absolutely Exquisite Quality U.S. M1850 Staff & Field Officer's Sword Presented to Captain Charles Lemmon 3rd Indiana Cavalry. Although the presentation of a M1850 Staff & Field sword to a Cavalry officer is obviously anomalous, it is certainly not unprecedented. Many officer's had specific preferences in the pattern sword they preferred to carry, irregardless of branch, often developed during early or pre war service.

    The blade and etched patterns are of the finest quality and most unusual. The blade which is overall about mint is etched for 2/3 its length, with the obverse displaying floral and scrollwork its entire length including in the ricasso surrounding the date "1861", 4 5/8" arms panoply, and the central theme, on a 5" panel, depicting a soldier with knapsack and musket lying in prone position in tress, behind cover, aiming at a copse of trees in the distance. All etching on both sides executed on a frosted background. The reverse exhibits similar floral and scroll work, but on the upper portion of the blade is the depiction of a rank of soldiers with bayoneted muskets and knapsacks, with a drummer at the front, being led in a charge by an officer brandishing a sword, against an enemy unit with bayoneted muskets emerging from a copse of trees with a picket fence in the background. Large slanted block US Intertwined with scroll work and beneath that an arms panoply and further scrollwork. The blade is also etched on the back for 2/3 its length. One of the finest etched blades we've seen. Retains the original leather washer. The hilt, although of regulation form exhibits superior quality workmanship including cast scrollwork on the face of the knucklebow, hand engraved American shield on the face of the pommel cap which is also decorated with tucked wing eagle surrounded by stars on the top. White sharkskin grip with twisted brass wire wrap about perfect just showing very minor wear.

    The steel scabbard exhibits a pleasing smooth gray patina with absolutely no dents. The brass mounts are exceptional. The two ring mounts exhibit identical decoration on the obverse. A tucked wing eagle with shield in relief in the center surrounded by a wreath of laurel leaves and berries on the top and oak leaves and acorns on the bottom. The balance of the mount, with plain relief scalloped edges, is covered with some of the most delicate and exquisite engraved scroll work we've ever seen. The reverse of these mounts exhibit identical decoration as the obverse but with a block US with stippled background inside the wreath on the top mount, and floral work hand engraved inside the wreath on the lower ring mount. The 6 3/4" lower mount also profusely decorated on both sides. Utilizes the same scalloped edge as the upper mounts with elaborate scrollwork, stippling, geometric designs and a panel near the top beautifully hand engraved with panoply of arms and American shield. The drag incorporates cast scroll decoration with crossed American flags and shields. The reverse of the mount is covered with scroll work, and stippling as is the reverse of the drag. All workmanship of absolutely the finest quality, reminiscent of the work done by Tiffany.

    The sword is inscribed on the obverse of the scabbard between the ring mounts in very tiny script; "Presented to / Capt Chas. Lemmon / by Co. C 3d Inda Cav. as a token / of Respect / May 24th 1862." Lemmon entered the 3rd Indiana on Aug. 22, 1861 as 1st Lieut. and was commissioned Captain on Dec. 15, 1861. He was subsequently commissioned Major May 9, 1863 and was killed in action at Gettysburg in the early stages of the battle on July 1, 1863.

    A magnificent Civil War sword with superb history.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2012
    9th Saturday
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