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    Superb Quality, Stunning Condition, Pre Civil War Presentation Sword to an Officer with Civil War Service by Tomes Son & Melvain, New York. A 1 1/4" X 3 7/8" gilt brass plaque between the upper mounts, and attached to the scabbard with tiny brass screws, bears the following inscription: "Presented to / Capt. C. M. Berry by / Col. Wm. Greger / of / Montgomery County, Pa. / Aug 17th 1857". On 6/1/61 Casper M. Berry enlisted as a Major in the 26th Pennsylvania serving with that unit until 7/7/62, including the fighting through The Seven Days. Berry again enlisted on 6/19/63 as Lt. Col. of the 60th Pennsylvania, serving with that regiment through the crisis of Lee's invasion, until 9/8/63.
    The 31 1/2" blade is absolutely mint and etched for 3/4 of its length with motifs unique to this firm. Obverse displays geometric/floral/scroll motifs, with panoply of American flags at the bottom, with the central motif being a tucked wing eagle with open riband/motto above. The reverse with maker's logo at base "Tomes Son / & / Melvain / N. Y." with the etching identical to the obverse, with the exception that the central motif is a large seraphed US amid intertwined scrolls. The hilt is truly exceptional and retains 99% of the original gold wash. Large eaglehead quillon, with the basket of the guard being comprised of a highly detailed open mouthed eagle with wings upraised, flanked by openwork US amid laurel leaf and scroll ribands. Knucklebow expands where it enters the hilt with slot for sword knot and deep relief scroll work. The pommel, which incorporates a 1 1/2" backstrap which is affixed by a small brass screw, is composed by laurel leaves and berries and surmounted by a full three dimensional figure of an eagle. The heavily silvered grip exhibits a full standing figure of Liberty, with stars above and a gold star between her breasts, all of which is surrounded by floral and scroll work. The reverse of the grip is composed of very deep relief cast scrollwork with a gilt American shield in the center.
    The scabbard retains 98% of the original brown lacquer with just some very light, and very minor spots of old surface rust, really of negligible consequence, else perfect. The throat edged with relief scrollwork, with the upper mount embossed with a shield at the top and scrolll work below, with the actual ring mount composed of a spread wing eagle on scroll work and clouds surrounded by a laurel and oak leaf wreath. The mount is edged, top and bottom with relief scroll work with a small American shield in the center. The middle mount is similarly configured but with the scroll work both top and bottom and the ring mount displaying an arms panoply surrounded by the same laurel and oak leaf wreath. The 7 3/4" lower mount exhibits the central theme of a full standing Civil War Zouave with bayonetted musket, with panoply of flags behind, the whole surrounded by elaborate embossed scroll work. The drag is of deep relief scrollwork surrounding the lower 2" of the mount. The reverse of the mounts shows the same scroll work with American shield on the edges, and elaborate embossed scroll work overall, with the back of the ring mounts displaying deep relief scroll and leaf designs. Two small, shallow dents near the drag , else the mounts are perfect and retain 90% of the original gold wash.
    A truly magnificent sword, by a very scarce and desirable maker, awarded to an officer with a noteworthy Civil War history.


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2011
    12th Saturday
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