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    Civil War Damascus Blade Presentation Sword to Colonel Peter Lyle, 90th Pennsylvania Infantry. In superb condition, this exquisite, highly gilded sword presented to Colonel Peter Lyle features a 33" gilded damascus blade marked on the reverse ricasso "W. Clauberg Solingen" with standing knight. The obverse is elaborately etched for 22" of its length with scrolls, stands of arms, flags and an 8 1/2" panel featuring an elaborate battle scene. The reverse, etched with scrolls, stands of flags, a spread wing American eagle and "US". The back of the blade etched "Iron Proof" with 20" of gilded vine / leaf decorations. The blade retains most of its original fire gilding, the remainder bright. Retains the original red wool washer.
    Brass hilt having the basket pierced with oak leaf and acorn motif surrounding an American shield and stand of arms, leaf / flower quillon. The inboard face of the guard with the same motifs. Massive pommel cap with liberty head, surmounted by full bodied eagle on the top. Carved grip with shield, cannon and rammers on one side in high relief. There is a 1/4" repair on the grip where the knuckle bow meets the pommel cap.
    Gilded brass scabbard with mounts in acorn and leaf motif. Above the upper mount is mounted an American eagle over which is engraved "E. Pluribus Unum" within a scroll. Flanking each mount are gilded cast brass decorative elements featuring scrolls and leaves. The lower half of the scabbard features a panel engraved with an American eagle, scrollwork and various arms.
    The cast gilded drag features a standing soldier in a camp scene. Between the middle and upper mounts is a panel engraved "Presented To Col. Peter Lyle of the 90th P.V. by the Old Guard of Philada March 27th 1863. Cedar Mountain, Chantilly, Rappahanock Station, South Mountain, Thoroughfare Gap, Antietam, Bull Run, Fredericksburg".
    Born in Philadelphia on December 24, 1821, Peter Lyle joined the National Guards Regiment of Philadelphia when it was formed in 1840, soon attaining the rank of first sergeant and was elected captain in 1846 and then Colonel. Under Lyle, the National Guards Regiment became one of the top military units in the country, at a time when militia units were highly popular nationwide. During the Civil War Peter Lyle served as Colonel of both the 19th and 90th Pennsylvania Volunteers. Throughout much of the war he served as an acting brigade commander, at Gettysburg he commanded the Third Brigade. The 90th Pennsylvania Infantry saw extensive action including the Battle of Cedar Mountain, Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Wilderness and Spotsylvania. The 90th lost 100 men at Gettysburg. Lyle was Breveted Brigadier General on March 13 1865 and mustered out on November 26. 1864.
    The Philadelphia Public Ledger on March 28, 1863 published the article ;
    "A number of the old members of the National Guard, and invited guests, assembled last evening at the St. Louis Hotel, Chestnut Street, for the purpose of presenting to Colonel Peter Lyle a magnificent sword, as a token of their friendship. Colonel Lyle has, for many months, been acting as Brigadier General, and has participated in all the principal battles since the rebellion commenced. The sword was presented by Colonel Ruff in an eloquent and appropriate speech. Colonel Lyle responded, and returned his thanks for the honor done him."
    The sword is pictured on the cover of the book "American Swords from the Philip Medicus Collection" (included) and in "Steel Canvas" by R.L. Wilson.
    Included are extensive files pertaining to Col. Lyle's service and a copy of the book
    "The Last Man and the Last Life" a history of the 19th and 90th PA. Sword came from the Norm Flayderman collection.


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    December, 2015
    12th Saturday
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