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    High Grade Brass Gripped Civil War M1850 Staff & Field Officer's Sword with Presentation. As pointed out in the introduction, while this an absolutely authentic presentation grade US M1850, Civil War period, Staff and Field officer's sword, we are of the opinion the inscription has been applied post period.

    32" slightly curved Damascus blade about mint. Displays strong Damascus pattern overall with all etching overlaid with gold. The obverse displays a panoply of arms with US shield, a central panel with flame like tendrils on each side with a spread wing eagle in the center with rays and motto in riband, and another panoply of arms terminating in oak leaves and acorns. At the base of the blade just above the ricasso also covered in gold is the maker's logo "W. H. HORSTMANN / & SONS / PHILADELPHIA" the back of the blade displays arms panoply terminating in laurel leaves and berries, a similar panel as is found on the obverse but with elaborate large US, and another elaborate arms panoply panel near the base, with the panel containing the Horstmann logo on the obverse, filled with gold with engraved designs. A small crowned king's head on the ricasso. The back of the blade is etched "IRON PROOF with scroll work extending 17" from the hilt. While this magnificent blade is unquestionably Civil War period, we are of the opinion it has been remounted in this sword. Hilt a standard high quality M1850 Staff and Field per regulation, but exhibiting an eaglehead quillon with jeweled eyes. Brass grip with punch like decoration and triple wire wrap. The hilt and grip overall about perfect.

    German silver scabbard about perfect. 4" top mount with arms panoply in deep relief on a stippled background with scroll work below, brass carrying ring. The middle mount, with brass carrying ring with another arms panoply on stippled background with relief scrollwork top and bottom. The 6 1/2" lower mount with scrollwork at the top, deep relief leaves and acorns running the length of the mount with elaborately pierced scrollwork drag. T he mounts are perfect and retain traces of the original gilt.

    Inscribed in script on the back of the top mount "Presented to / Col. Sam'l H. Leonard / by his / Fellow Officers / of the / 13th Regt. M. V. / July 16, 1861." While nicely done with patching patina we are of the opinion this inscription was added post period. Leonard was commissioned as Colonel of the 13th Mass. Vol. Inf. on 7/16/61 and was wounded at Gettysburg on July 1, 1863. He mustered out 8/1/64.


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    June, 2012
    9th Saturday
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