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    Civil War Group Identified to U.S. General John Reese Kenly. For quality and condition, without question, the finest Civil War U.S. General's grouping we've ever offered. Although none of the pieces are marked/ named, the group was owned by Gen. John Reese Kenly of Maryland. Kenly originally entered 6/11/61 as colonel of the 1st Maryland Infantry. He was severely wounded and captured 5/23/62 at Front Royal, Virginia, and was subsequently exchanged 8/18/62, just four days before his promotion to brigadier general. The group consists of the following.

    Cased set of Brigadier General's epaulettes. Very heavy bullion suspensions, single silver bullion star on each. Brass crescents retain 80% of the original gilt. Red velvet and red Moroccan leather on undersides show some minor use. All bullion perfect, eagle staff buttons. Housed in the original Japanned tin storage container, retaining only about 50% of the original finish, else about perfect with no dents.
    Regulation, buff, silk general grade officer/ staff sash. 7" wide, full length with 10" tassels. Absolutely no holes or worn spots, just a few tiny, really negligible light stains, else mint.
    Quintessential example of a pair of Civil War officer's gauntlets. Fabricated of light tan, almost yellow, leather, the cuffs lined with red Moroccan leather. Overall about mint, just showing some minor use with light soiling on the palms/ fingers, else perfect.
    Mint bullion Civil War officer's hat cord. Very large acorns with bullion netting on the top portions of the acorns and the adjusting loop.
    Regulation Civil War U.S. general grade officer's sword belt. As fine an example as we have ever seen. Belt fabricated of very heavy, superior quality, 2.75" wide red leather. Three equally spaced 0.25" wide gold bullion strips. 1" wide red leather sword slings each with two gold bullion 1/4" stripes. One sword sling with attached red leather truncated triangle which acts as a hip pad and is bound with a 0.25" strip of gold bullion. Belt with two red leather adjusting loops, each with single 0.25" wide gold bullion strip. All brass furniture perfect, retaining 100% of the original gilt. The M1851 rectangular eagle plate is the finest quality example we've ever seen, incorporating remarkable detail, with wreath, motto and stars all silvered. Medium width keeper, with even the verso of the plate retaining all of the original.

    Certainly as fine grouping of this generic character extant, belonging to a "fighting" Federal general.


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    Auction Dates
    December, 2015
    12th Saturday
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