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    Near Mint Presentation Non-regulation Civil War Foot Officer's Sword with Very Rare Maker's Mark of "H. Ruddick/ Boston". Inscribed in script on the back of the scabbard throat "Joseph A. Ingalls/ 8th Mass V. M./ Presented by/ Mess. Clogston & Parker/ Boston". Ingalls enlisted in the regiment as 1st lieutenant on August 20, 1862 and was commissioned into field and staff of the 8th Mass on November 7, 1862, mustering out August 7, 1863. He was again commissioned into field and staff of the regiment on July 26, 1864 and mustered out on November 10, 1864. Included with the sword are Ingalls' detailed military and census records. The 29¾" slightly curved blade is about mint retaining 100% of the original luster. etched for 2/3 of its length with a frosted background, the obverse features panels of oak leaves, acorns and flowers at either end with a panoply of arms and flags with a spread wing eagle in the center. The reverse is similar but with an American shield in the arms panoply, an old English US and Ruddick's logo just above the ricasso, retaining the original buff leather washer. The brass guard utilizes a single outward branch and is decorated with cast floral and scroll motifs where the branch joins the guard, where it enters the pommel cap and on the quillon. The face of the pommel cap is decorated with acanthus leaves. Leather grip with twisted brass wrap, perfect. The brass mounted leather scabbard utilizes a throat with scroll engraved frog stud and a 6" lower mount. Overall excellent with just some minor crackling of the finish but absolutely no flaking and very sound. Although the scabbard is perfectly tight much of the stitching on the back seam is popped. An historically interesting Civil War sword in wonderful condition.

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    November, 2008
    20th-21st Thursday-Friday
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