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    Magnificent Tiffany & Co. New York Non-regulation Civil War Staff Officer's Mounted Staff Officer's Sword. Basically patterned after the British household cavalry swords of the Victorian period, Tiffany produced a small number of these swords for their most important and well-heeled customers. The 35¾" slightly curved blade is as spectacular as any ever mounted on a Civil War sword. In absolutely mint condition, it is decorated for 2/3 of its length with engraved designs highlighted with brilliant gilt, all of which are presented on a gorgeous fire blue background. The central gilt decoration on the obverse includes an American shield surmounting a script US, all surrounded by rays, with additional decoration of scroll work, classical and military motifs and an oval riband on the ricasso, "Warranted To Cut Wrought Iron". The reverse of the blade features a spread wing eagle, flanked by rays, with military trophies as well as foliate designs and scroll work. A gilt panel on the ricasso bears the logo, "Tiffany & Co./New York." The massive nickled steel hilt incorporates a full basket guard with multiple piercings, delineating scroll work. The face of the guard is profusely hand engraved highlighting the scrolls. The bird head pommel is also extensively engraved and utilizes a capstan. The spiral fishskin grip is wrapped spring like wire flanked by twisted wire, all in silver. The entire hilt is in perfect condition. The heavy nickled steel scabbard has two carrying rings and a decoratively cut drag. The wide tiered throat is held in place with two screws. The entire sword is completely untouched and covered with an old coat of dried grease (actually possibly nicotine) and some speckled staining, all of which would nicely with basically a mint sword underneath. Extremely rare form and the finest of quality in superb untouched condition. A great Civil War sword.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2008
    29th-30th Sunday-Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
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