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    Superb Quality, Exceptionally High Grade, Staff Officer's Sword Presented to Felix G. McCrae, 7th Kentucky Cavalry. Presentation inscribed on the scabbard, in tiny beautifully done script, between the upper and middle mount, "Presented to / Felix Mc Crea / Adjutant of the 7th Ky. Cav. the Friend / the Patriot and the Soldier / by the Line Officers of his Regiment / Nashville, Tenn. Sept. 27th 1863". The 7th was stationed in Nashville from July through Dec. 1863, having participated in the Tullahoma Campaign and Huntsville Expedition. McCrae was originally commissioned into the regiment on 12/11/62 and promoted to Captain 11/14/64. Her served with the regiment until muster out on 7/10/65. The regiment was consistently engaged throughout its terms of service, including the pursuit of Morgan, and lost 24 men killed and mortally wounded.

    The sword is truly exceptional. The 32" Clauberg / Iron Proof blade exhibits some of the most exquisite etching we've ever seen. Etched for 2/3 its length with truly remarkable etched and engraved details. The obverse with arms panoply at the base and scroll work flanking a 5" long Civil War battle scene showing artillery with huge billows of gunsmoke, mounted officers, exploding shells, casualties on the ground, and hundreds of infantrymen marching in formation. At the top is an American shield and liberty cap inside a laurel wreath. The reverse with stacked arms and banners at the base with scroll work flanking an American eagle with riband perched on a shield, and a large script intertwined US also flanked by scroll work. The blade retains 100 % of the brilliant mint luster and 10% of what was apparently a gold wash on the background. The underside of the guard features a brass shell like counterguard that is finely cast with a ribbed pebble finish. There is a beaded brass spacer between this and the guard. The heavy brass guard is cast with a pierced, finely detailed, American eagle on a laurel branch with berries. The same detail follows over onto the inside of the guard. There is relief work where the guard enters the pommel and a very heavy scroll work quillon. There is also scroll and shell engraving on the inboard face of the counterguard. Pommel decorated with deep relief scroll work and three dimensional liberty cap on front. It is surmounted by a full figure American eagle with 2 1/2" long wings. The solid grip is of silvered brass, the obverse with a relief figure of full standing Liberty with shield and sword with star cluster at the top. The reverse exhibits deep scrollwork and shell designs with a separately affixed gilt brass arms panoply on the center. The hilt is about perfect retaining 98% of the original gilt and silver wash.

    The steel scabbard uses a 1 3/8" scalloped and engraved throat. The upper and middle mounts exhibit intricately pierced scroll work, surrounding heads of mythological figures. The ring mounts are laurel leaves with berries. The rings are also composed of leaves and berries. Very heavy lower mount featuring intricately pierced drag and separately affixed scroll work panel with a disc in the center. The reverse is heavily engraved with a fan like pattern. Scabbard about perfect, just a few minor, negligible, stains. The brass mounts retain 90% of the original gilt. Overall a beautiful sword with excellent history in superb condition.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2011
    25th Saturday
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