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    Very Fine Condition Inscribed Civil War US M1852 U. S. Navy Officer's Sword With the Original Belt. Inscribed in period script on the scabbard throat "J. W. Luscomb / U. S. N.". Joseph W. Luscomb was commissioned Acting Ensign in the U. S. Navy on 8/19/63, serving until 1/14/66. During his term of service Luscomb served on board the USS Ohio, USS Fahkee, and USS Savannah in the North Atlantic Squadron. The Ames sword with 29" blade is etched for 2/3 its length with standard Ames motifs, including floral work, fouled anchor with shield and arms/flags panoply, with the Ames logo just above the ricasso on the obverse and eagle mounted on naval cannon, fouled anchor and scroll work on reverse. There is a 1/4" X 11" area along the cutting edge with dark staining and a few small areas of very light pitting, origin unknown, while the rest of the blade is mint, retaining all of the original luster. Regulation hilt is about perfect showing just the slightest surface wear on the white sharkskin grip and retaining 98% of the original gold wash. Regulation scabbard also about mint, untouched, and retaining 98% of the original gold wash.
    The original sword belt is somewhat unusual. Very large, exceptional quality, two piece interlocking belt plate on the original black leather belt. One of the sword slings, with accompanying leather belt loop is present and attached to the sword but torn., with no loss. There are also two leather adjusting loops on the belt. The snap swivel and closure button for the other sling is included but there is no sign of the presence of the longer sling. Interestingly, on the scabbard, and just wide enough for the mounts and rings to pass through is a 1/1/2" wide heavy bridle leather ring with a short conical brass finial. It flares slightly at the back and is hand stitched. Possibly a jury rigged 'field' modification to replace the missing sling, although totally unique in our experience. The sword is also accompanied by the beautiful Massachusetts certificate of appreciation of Luscomb's service. 17" X 22" with eagle mast head, portraits Lincoln and Gov. Andrews, as well as other patriotic and decorative motifs. Dated April 19th 1870 and signed by the current governor. Just some minor toning along the borders else about perfect sound condition. A pretty sword with superb ID and a great history. Rarely found accompanied by the original belt.


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2011
    12th Saturday
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