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    High Grade U.S. M1850 Staff & Field Officer's Sword by Tiffany & Co. Presented to Col. Peter Kinney, 56th Ohio Vol. Inf. Kinney enlisted 9/11/61 as a Colonel and was mustered as Commander of the 56th Ohio Vol Inf. on 1/3/62. Kinney was captured "on the road between Memphis and Corinth" June 25 1862, and was exchanged 9/21/62 at Aiken's Landing , Va. for William A. Quarles of the 42d Tennessee. Kinney subsequently resigned on 4/3/63. During his tenure with the regiment he participated in the engagements at Shiloh and Corinth, the 56th Ohio having lost 58 men killed and mortally wounded during their term of service.

    32" blade with signs of sharpening, with no loss, on the center 9" portion of the blade, and a few hairlines toward the tip. Where the blade is sharpened there are also a few tiny nicks. Else the blade is absolutely mint with all the original luster. 14" long etched central panel on the obverse with very delicate floral/scrollwork, arms panoply and spread wing American eagle with shield. Also a 3" panel at the base of the blade with etched floral/scroll designs. Dated "1861" on the ricasso. Reverse of the blade with a similar central etched panel with large block US. The 3" panel at the base of the blade includes the logo "Tiffany & Co. NY" amidst vines. Marked on the reverse ricasso "Collins & Co. / Hartford / Conn." Blade retains the original white buff leather washer. Regulation style hilt with additional finely executed engraving on the underside of the guard, and the face of the pommel. Sharkskin grip with brass wire wrap perfect. Hilt overall about perfect retaining 50% of the original gilt.

    The steel scabbard is profusely decorated with hand engraving on both sides of all mounts. On the obverse top mount with large US amidst scrollwork above the ring mount and scrollwork with geometric motifs below. Middle mount with geometric motifs amidst scrollwork above and below and the 6 1/2" lower mount including drag, elaborately engraved with floral/scrollwork and geometric designs with the central theme of a spread wing eagle with American shield on its breast. The reverse of the lower mount exhibits similar motifs but with the central theme of a helmet and arms panoply. Reverse of middle mount with motifs identical to the obverse. The top mount with motif identical to the obverse below the ring mount and on the upper section a panel bearing the following inscription in very tiny script letters; "Presented to / Col Peter Kinney / by the Members of the / Ohio Board of / Control " and on the ring mount "State Bank". Likely presented to Kinney at the commencement of his term of service. All mounts about perfect, the lower mount exhibiting a 1" split on one edge where it was apparently pushed up on the scabbard, easily repaired. Steel scabbard body smooth and gray with two very minor dents on the obverse, and a small area of salt and peppering, all very minor. The engraving over the entire sword is of the finest quality and commensurate with the exquisite work executed by Tiffany.

    A most attractive and desirable Civil War presentation sword, with the Tiffany executed work, that was doubtless present on the battlefield at Shiloh.


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    June, 2012
    9th Saturday
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