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    Captain John Brownley, Co. H, 13th Maryland Vol. Inf.: Nice Group of Personally-Owned Items. Brownley enlisted in the 1st Maryland Infantry, Potomac Home Brigade on 3/1/65 and transferred to the 13th Maryland Vol. Inf. on 4/18/65. He mustered out on 5/29/65. The group includes the following: (1) a great 1/4 plate tintype portrait of Brownley. Wears frock coat with standup collar, shoulder straps and kepi. Straps and buttons tinted gilt. Absolute incredible quality and pristine condition in half case. (2) cloth covered Soldier's Hymn Book, embossed in gilt on the cover. Shows heavy use but good sound condition. (3) Brownley's maroon silk waist sash, 6" wide with 9" wood core tassels. Very fine condition. (4) His binoculars with brass body covered with with variegated leather. Maker's name on top of eyepieces, "L. Petit / Paris". Leather covering with just a few scuffs and one small seam opening. Black japanned finish on barrels, eyepieces and adjusting knob. Sliding sun shades and perfect optics. (5) Gold bullions fringed epaulettes with gilt brass crescents. Red velvet and red Moroccan leather undersides with hinged brass tabs, marked Right and Left, for attachment. Blue velvet background, 2" diameter insignia on each epaulette with silver bullion border and numeral 13. Eagle staff buttons. Pinholes where the captain's bars were attached but now missing. Excellent condition in the original very fine black japanned tin storage case with "Horstmann Bros. & Co., Philada., Army And Navy Goods" brass tag surmounted by eagle affixed to the top. (6) pair of double gold bullion border captain of infantry shoulder straps. Faded blue velvet background with double width bullion captain's bars. Very fine condition. (7) His officer's sword belt. Very good, sound, complete untouched condition. Just a bit dry but supple. Fine quality rectangular eagle plate with original matching keeper. Includes both sword hangers with snap swivels. Although both are separated from the belt, easily repaired. (8) Brownley's regulation M1850 foot officer's sword. Knuckle bow loose where it enters the pommel, easily repaired, else really excellent. Regulation hilt with sharkskin grip and triple wire wrap perfect. Blade with logo, "W. H. Horstmann & Sons / Philadelphia" in blade etch at base of obverse. Both sides of the blade with floral/ scroll and military motif etching, which is highlighted with hand engraved details. Spread wing eagle with motto above on obverse with large US on reverse. Blade and etching very fine with no rust, pitting or nicks. The original scabbard is near mint. Covered with sharkskin with brass mounts exhibiting engraved lines. Again, very nice untouched patina overall. Very nice untouched and impressive grouping.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2014
    7th Saturday
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