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    Very Unusual Non-Reg Civil War Or Earlier Foot Or Staff Officer's Sword And Non Reg Civil War Foot Officer's Sword. 37" overall with wide curved 31 1/2" blade displaying some unusual etching. The obverse is deeply etched with engraved highlights for one half its length with scrollwork, arms panoplies, including a liberty cap and spread wing eagle with engraved motto in a riband at the top. Engraved in script, near the bottom of the blade in a panel "Weyersburg Brothers / Solingen".The reverse of the blade displays similar etching but the central them is a skull and cross bones. Virtually the only time we've ever seen this motif on an American military sword. Also script engraved in a panel near the bottom "Iron Proof". The blade is overall excellent with just a few very small spots of minor pitting and a few dents near the tip. Again, the etching is very deep and pronounced. The entire hilt of German silver, the guard with two outward branches and disc quillon. The backstrap displays some embossed decoration on the back side and deep gadrooning around the pommel. Sharkskin grip with copper wire wrap about perfect. The sword originally mounted a small folding counterguard on the back side which is now missing, although the mount is in place. Most unusual and quite possibly as early as the Mexican War.
    The second sword is an oft encountered non-reg Civil War foot officer's sword with single outward branch and deep relief cast decoration on the branch, quillon and pommel cap. Grip with leather and copper wire wrap perfect as is the hilt. 32" slightly curved blade with unstopped fuller and light etch including scrollwork on obverse and similar scrollwork with large block US on reverse along with etched panel on ricasso "Sauerbier / Newark / N. J." The etch on this blade is also unique in our experience and includes "Iron Proof" on the back. Blade about perfect with light gray patina and just one small patch of very light pitting near the tip. An unusual and interesting Civil War officer's sword.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2012
    9th Saturday
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