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    Silver Gripped, High Grade, M1850 US Staff and Field Officer's Sword by Tiffany & Co., New York, with inscription on the scabbard between the mounts, "To / Col. A. Niederwieser / 6th Regt. E.(nrolled) M.(issouri) M.(ilitia) / from / Seymour Vollaire / as a token of his friendship and appreciation of his patriot(ism)", the last three letters underneath the mount. Niederwieser initially entered service as Captain in the 3rd Missouri for 100 days commencing May 8, 1861. He subsequently served as Colonel of the 6th Enrolled Missouri Militia in 1863 and 1864. Interestingly Niederwieser's pension records state that he was injured while personally removing the Confederate flag, and hoisting the United States flag, over the court house in Fulton, Mo. after it was occupied by Confederate troops.

    The 32" blade is deeply etched for 2/3 its length in a classic Tiffany pattern, with leaves and berries, panoply of flags, crossed cannons and American shield amidst scrollwork and oak leaves on the obverse, with oak leaf and scrollwork motifs, and a central panel with large block "US". Marked in the blade etch just above the ricasso, "Tiffany / & Co. / New York". The blade is generally smooth and gray with just some staining, and salt and peppering near the tip. All etching is highlighted with finely engraved detail. The regulation-style hilt includes a silver grip with twisted brass wire. There is a small brass 'pip' affixed at the center of the decoration on the face of the pommel. A small brass cap is apparently missing from the top of the pommel with the tang of the blade now exposed, easily replaced. Scattered dark patina with the quillon slightly bent. The German silver scabbard with brass throat utilizes brass mounts which are heavily and exquisitely engraved in a typical Tiffany pattern, covered on both sides with scroll/fan motifs. Upper section of the top mount with eagle and shield, intertwined US on the obverse of the middle mount with American shield and stars on the reverse. Heavy ring mounts with acanthus leaves and ribbons. The drag displays a large US in an acanthus leaf wreath with ribbons at the top. Mounts perfect with scattered dark patina. The scabbard exhibits a few noteworthy dents on the lower third on both sides, readily repaired by a competent restorer and made imperceptible. An impressive Civil War presentation sword, and especially rare and desirable from the state of Missouri.



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    June, 2013
    8th Saturday
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