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    CIVIL WAR PRESENTATION M1850 FOOT OFFICER'S SWORD AND SCABBARD BY C. ROBY. Top scabbard mount engraved with five lines of period script, Lieut. "A. L. Shattuck Co. 53d Reg. Mass. Vols. By his friends in Barre Oct. 18 1862". Die stamped on the reverse of the top scabbard mount "C. Roby & Co. W. Chelmsford, Mass." Abijah L. Shattuck mustered in with the 53d Massachusetts as a lieutenant on September 15, 1862 and served with the regiment throughout its term of service until the regiment mustered out on September 2, 1863. The regiment served in Louisiana from January to August 1863 and was engaged at Teche, New Iberia and Port Hudson losing a total of 146 men, including 18 killed in action. A very nice, unquestionably honest, Civil War presentation foot officer's by a scarce maker in very desirable untouched and uncleaned condition.

    Condition: 31.75" blade beautifully etched on obverse with floral/ scroll motifs, American flag, crossed cannons, and tucked wing eagle surmounted by stars all on a frosted background and highlighted with hand engraving. Reverse side of the blade with leaf and berry motif, American flag over a cannon, and shield with "UNION" in the top panel, and large block US. Etched panel above the ricasso with "C. Roby & Co. W. Chelmsford, Mass." Blade retains much of the original mint luster with just some minor patches of light surface rust. Brass hilt overall with deep chocolate brown patina. Counterguard is slightly bent, obviously a long time ago. Sharkskin grip shows considerable wear but intact w/triple strand brass wire wrap. Retains the original leather washer. The leather scabbard shows cracking to the finish and a few small spots of flaking. 4" seam opening just above the bottom mount where the stitches have popped, scabbard overall, however, very sound. All brass mounts, including the inscription, with deep dark chocolate brown untouched patina, bottom mount with several dents. The overall condition of this scarce sword represents the essence of untouched/ as found.


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    December, 2007
    1st Saturday
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