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    "Fitch & Waldo/ New York" is the Etched Panel on the Obverse Ricasso of this Non-Regulation Civil War Union Staff Officer's Sword. Certainly among the rarest of all the Civil War period military outfitters, Fitch & Waldo commenced operations, under that name, in January of 1863, and the firm name changed in 1865, clearly delineating the period in which this sword was produced. The 32 3/8" slightly curved blade incorporates a small brass disc with "Proved" inlaid in the center of the Fitch & Waldo logo. The reverse ricasso displays the standing knight logo of the blade maker, "W. Clauberg/ Solingen". Also marked on the back of the blade in an etched panel, "Iron Proof". The central panel on the obverse of the etched blade is a finely detailed spread winged eagle, surrounded by rays, enclosed on both sides with floral and scroll motifs. The central panel on the reverse of the blade is a large US decorated with intertwined vines, enclosed in similar floral/scroll work. The steel guard incorporates a large pierced spread-wing eagle with hand engraved details. The multi-branch knuckle bow incorporates a slot for the sword knot. Tiered pommel with a knurled section for the thumb on the backstrap. Sharkskin covered grip, wrapped with spring like copper wire flanked by single strand copper wire. The sword overall is smooth and gray with just a touch of scattered surface rust on the blade, really very nice. There is no scabbard. An attractive Civil War sword by a very rare military outfitter.

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    June, 2008
    29th-30th Sunday-Monday
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