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    A Remarkable Pair of Sterling Silver Tiffany Spurs Owned by Colonel Newton B. Lord of the 35th New York Infantry Colonel Newton B. Lord rose to the rank of Colonel in the United States Army during the Civil War, apparently with much admiration from his men. This pair of sterling silver Tiffany and Company spurs bear the engraving, "Presented to Col. N. B. Lord by the enlisted men of the 35th N.Y.V."

    At the outbreak of the war Newton B. Lord was a foundryman at Jefferson County, New York. Receiving permission to raise a militia company called the Jefferson Grays, he led them as their captain in May 1861. Upon the organization of a regiment designated as the 35th New York Volunteers, he was promoted to colonel on August 2, 1861. Colonel Lord went on to lead his men at Binn's Hill near Falls Church, Virginia, Antietam and at Fredericksburg. It was surely during this time frame that he was presented these Tiffany sterling silver spurs as he was transferred to the 20th New York Volunteer Cavalry shortly thereafter.

    These heavy and ornate spurs are each marked "Tiffany & Co." and "sterling" on the inside near the heel of the spur. Incorporating a foliate design on each side of the spurs, the rowels of each spur are very sharp and are 12-pointed for maximum efficiency in the field. The original leather straps have been preserved and are pliable with one strap broken near the buckle. The silver buckles are of a foliate design as well. The entire grouping is enclosed in its blue silk and velvet-lined mahogany presentation box. The lid of the box bears a silver shield device which has not been engraved. The brass hardware is intact and original.

    These are a beautiful set of officer's spurs, sterling silver and made by the famous jewelers and silversmiths Tiffany Company, New York, presented to a Union colonel by his men.

    Provenance: Norman Flayderman, The Tharpe Collection of American Military History.

    Exhibited: The Liberty Heritage Society Museum. *****

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