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    1 of 4 Cannon-Hilt Swords Known

    High Grade Tiffany Sword Presented to General Leman W. Bradley by the 64th New York.
    From the hilt, one can see the care that went into sculpting a three dimensional 6-pounder 1841 cannon barrel in scale, of solid silver. Note that at the base of the barrel are 6 cannon balls, and the pommel is a beautifully formed and lifelike eagle standing on a single, larger cannon ball as well. The ribbon in its beak drapes the back of the knuckle-bow with the middle mounted with a center panel adorned with the face of Medusa. The counter guard is a spectacular relief cast set of flags and drapes with a US Shield superimposed upon the whole-all gilt in polished and frosted gold. Ricasso marked PDL [within oval]. The 32-inch straight blade is probably John Orr etched. The scabbard is silver with beautiful large mounts, all gilt. The mounts are of twisted lightening bolts also found on the knuckle bow of the Model 1860 Staff sword and on Roman Legionaries shields. The drag is relief cast with cannon motif. Scabbard inscribed between mounts MAJOR LEMAN W. BRADLEY / 64TH REGT. N.Y. VOLS. / PRESENTED BY THE MERCHANTS / OF HUDSON, SEPT. 6, 1863, FOR HIS / GALLANTRY IN DEFENSE OF HIS COUNTRY. Also marked TIFFANY & CO. / NY in banner motif near throat. It is difficult to describe how impressive this sword looks in person. It is massive and displays as a high-art piece of the finest Tiffany Jewelry. All in all, this is a breathtaking and wonderful sword that would be difficult to improve upon in terms of form, condition and history. As a weapon of high embellishment, this is without doubt one of the highest grade swords Heritage Auctions has ever offered due to the many features that it encompasses. Tiffany made a number of spectacular swords and perhaps the most intriguing, desirable and most sought after is the cannon-hilt or cannon-barrel gripped sword due to its unusual architecture and rarity. There are only 4 known to exist, with all 4 being presented to Officers that attained the minimum rank of Brig. General.
    Reference: This exact sword can be found on page 522 and 523 of Civil War Army Swords by John Thillmann for additional details.
    Note: Major Bradley was mustered in as a First Lieutenant and rose to the rank of Colonel throughout the war, being brevetted Brig. Gen. in 1865. He had a spectacular history including being wounded twice, first at Fair Oaks in 1862 and then again at Spottsylvania in 1863. Major Bradley took over the regiment in the Wheatfield at Gettysburg when Colonel D. G. Bingham was wounded and Bradley commanded the regiment until he was mustered out in October of 1864. Cataloguing and research of this historic sword was provided by www.HistoricalArms.com.

    Provenance:
    Richard Johnson Collection.
    Michael E. Simens Collection.
    Collection of a Gentleman.

    Condition: The condition of the entire sword is excellent to near mint. Showing minor handling and storage marks with minor tarnish. Scabbard with handling marks and fine scratches. A superb, high-art Civil War Edged Weapon for the most discriminating collector.


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    December, 2016
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