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    Exquisite High Grade M1850 Foot Officer's Presentation Sword, given to a captain who was mortally wounded at Gettysburg July 3, 1863 while participating in the repulse of Pickett's Charge. Weer was shot by a Confederate sharpshooter in McAllister's Mill and died July 26 at Letterman Hospital in Gettysburg. The sword is 38" overall with a 32" blade which is etched for 2/3 its length with arms panoplies, patriotic and scroll motifs on the obverse and similar motifs on the reverse with large US and "Tiffany & Co. New York" just above the ricasso on the reverse. All etching extensively highlighted with hand engraved details. Blade excellent with just some staining and one area of very light pitting near the tip. Regulation style hilt with superb detail. Sharkskin grip with twisted brass wire, all about perfect with traces of gilt mixing with nice patina. Inscribed on the top of the reverse counterguard, "Captain Norman F. Weer 123rd regt. N. Y. S. V./Presented by the members of his company." Leather scabbard excellent with brass mounts displaying elaborate floral and scroll engraving with US at the throat, American shield on the middle mount and both motifs on the lower mount. Similar extensive engraving on the reverse of the mounts including Weer's initials "N. F. W." in old English script at the throat just below the "Tiffany & Co. riband. The very heavy ring mounts are composed of acanthus leaves with ribbons where the rings join the scabbard. All mounts about perfect retaining traces of the original gilt and leather scabbard excellent with just a few 'wrinkles', no crazing or flaking and very sound. The black patent leather officer's sword belt with very nice quality M1851 sword belt plate with medium width tongue and nice patina. Retains the sword hangers and over the shoulder sling, the short sword hanger showing wear, otherwise excellent. Three eagle I coat size buttons and four cuffs from his uniform nicely mounted in a gilt frame. Norman Fox Weer enlisted in the 123d NY on August 19, 1862. He was wounded at Chancellorsville on May 3, 1863 and killed at Gettysburg while still recovering from those wounds. Accompanied by a full set of records and a copy photograph of Weer in uniform. A great Civil War presentation sword for both visual and historic impact.

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2008
    20th-21st Thursday-Friday
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