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    Fine Civil War U.S. M1850 Staff & Field Officer's Sword with Inscription. As noted in the introduction, while a fine period example of a Civil War M1850 Staff & Field officer's sword, we are of the opinion the inscription was added post period.

    32" slightly curved blade about mint with etched panel with spread wing eagle in center on obverse and similar panel but with decorative scrollwork and large US on reverse. The blade is also marked W. Clauberg with knight on the reverse ricasso. Careful examination of the pommel indicates this is, in fact, the original blade. Blade retains what appears to be the original leather washer. Regulation style hilt with US pierced in guard just showing some minor honest wear. Sharkskin grip with brass wire wrap excellent, the grip also just showing some honest wear on the back side. The sword is inscribed on the top of the reverse portion of the guard in old English script "1st Lieut James Burton". After careful examination of this inscription we are of the opinion it is, in fact, period.

    The scabbard is of blued steel and in excellent condition with no dents retaining about 30% of the original finish. The brass mounts are decorated with deeply embossed geometric and scrollwork designs. The lower mount also exhibits a spread wing eagle with stars above at the top. Mounts generally excellent with just a number of small shallow dents in the lower mount and missing one of the carrying rings. An embossed shield shaped section of the upper mount bears the following inscription in block letters "PRESENTED / MARCH 1, 1864 / 122nd REGt / N. Y. VOLs" It is our opinion this is a post period inscription and was added to enhance the sword. James Burton enlisted as a 2d Lt. in the 122nd New York Vol. Inf. on 8/15/62 and was promoted to 1st Lt. 12/3/62. He was discharged for disability on 9/19/63. The 122nd was engaged at Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg during Burton's term of service. It is likely Burton served on staff after his promotion explaining the staff and field sword. An interesting and attractive sword with what we believe to be, sadly, a post period modification.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2012
    9th Saturday
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