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    High Grade, Jeweled, Civil War Presentation Sword with Period Inscription between the Top Two Mounts on the Scabbard, "Presented to / Lieut. Henry Ransing by the / Members Of Co. G 79TH P. V. V. I. As A Token Of Respect / and Friendship and for his / Gallantry displayed on all / The Battlefields In Which He Has / Participated". Extremely fine untouched condition.

    Ransing enlisted in the 79th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry in Lancaster, Pa., where he was born, as a 22 year old private on October 4, 1861, and was appointed Sergeant of September 24, 1862. He re-enlisted in the regiment as a veteran volunteer in February 1864, was appointed 1st Sergeant in July 1864 and 2d lieutenant, commanding Company G, on April 23, 1865, doubtless when he was presented with this sword. He mustered out with the regiment on July 12, 1865. During his tenure as an NCO with the 79th he was engaged in nearly 40 separate combat actions. and, as a senior NCO was doubtless in the thick of the fighting in all of these engagements. The regiment served initially with The Army of the Ohio and subsequently with The Army of the Cumberland, being nearly constantly engaged throughout the war in Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina, including Perryville, Stone's River, Chickamauga, Atlanta, Resaca, New Hope Church, Peach Tree Creek, Bentonville, Averysboro and some 30 other combat actions, losing 122 men killed and mortally wounded. The regiment was also present at Johnson's surrender and participated in the Grand Review in Washington. A remarkable record for Ransing to have survived, uninjured, four years of heavy combat while doubtless in the thick of the action.

    The sword is of very high quality with eaglehead quillon, large heavy basket pierced with scrollwork and tucked wing eagle. The knucklebow is decorated with deep relief acanthus leaves and the large, heavy, pommel cap with deep relief scrollwork and on the face with spread wing eagle, shield and riband. The top of the pommel originally mounted an oval semi-precious stone, which is now missing but easily replaced. Interestingly, the missing stone exposes the blade tang, showing that it is completely untouched and the blade unquestionably original to the sword. Also retains vestiges of the original gold bullion sword knot. The one piece cast brass grip, with untouched patina, features a full standing figure of liberty in high relief, with sword and shield surmounted by stars on the obverse and a red oval semi-precious stone in the center surrounded by very deep relief scrollwork on the reverse. The 33" blade is exceptional. Marked on the reverse ricasso "W. Clauberg / Solingen" with standing armored figure. The blade is decorated for 2/3 its length, with all of the decoration on a frosted gold background. A number of these beautiful, original, blades surfaced in the 1980s, and many were subsequently mounted on high grade swords to enhance their value. This is a rare example that is unquestionably indigenous to the sword as attested to by the exposed, untouched blade tang. Exceptional condition retaining most of the original mint luster, decorated on both sides with US, stands of arms, scrollwork and American eagles, all highlighted with delicate hand engraving. Really a rare and beautiful blade.

    The heavy German silver scabbard exhibits a cast brass throat edged with scrollwork, heavy cast brass top mount with scrollwork and pierced spread wing eagle, also heavy cast brass middle mount with scrollwork and pierced with an intricate stand of arms surmounted by US shield. The reverse of these mounts also decorated with scrollwork and a sunburst around the screws. The 8" lower mount with scrollwork and American shield along the top edge, a very deep relief Civil War Zouave NCO with bayoneted musket, backed by two deep relief furled US flags with stars. Heavy cast drag pierced with scrollwork and leaves. The background, as well as the reverse of the mount exhibits beautifully executed engraved scrollwork and geometric designs. The scabbard is overall near mint, with absolutely no dents and the impressive brass mounts retain 60% of the original gold wash. A beautiful and impressive sword, presented to a gallant NCO/Officer who gained the respect of the men who presented him with the sword, by fighting at their side through four years of fierce combat. Accompanied by a complete set of records.


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    December, 2014
    12th Friday
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