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    Model 1860 Field and Staff Sword, 36" overall length with 28" blade, ricasso engraved M.C. LILLEY & CO. COLUMBUS, OHIO by maker. The Lilley Company made swords before, during and after the Civil War. This example, although a wartime model, might be of a later date and certainly carries some post-war engraving. The blade is etched with military, patriotic and masonic themes. It also carries the name ASA BURLINGAME on one side with LOYAL LEGION and O.U.A.M. on the other. Burlingame, the owner, might be one in the same with a Union non-commissioned officer serving in Missouri during the war. The Loyal Legion here was formed after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and was an association of former Union officers; O.U.A.M. stands for the Order of United American Mechanics. This particular order was a nativist society formed during the 1840s. The brass elements of the sword are gilt and the scabbard is plated. The wooden grip has remnants of a sharkskin wrap secured by brass elements. Other than deterioration to the grip wrap and some scattered rusting, this sword remains in very good condition.

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    Auction Dates
    December, 2006
    1st-2nd Friday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 8
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