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    Unusual Ames Civil War Regulation M1850 Staff and Field Officer's Sword identified to Major Henry A. Bostwick, 12th New York State Militia. The unusual feature of the sword being its diminutive size, only 35½"overall with a 28-inch blade. Careful examination establishes that it was clearly manufactured in this length and has not been altered. The sword overall is near mint. Blade etched for 2/3 of its length with eagle, panoply of arms, floral and scroll work with Ames logo just above the ricasso, on the obverse, similar motifs with large block US on the reverse. Blade exhibits just the slightest wear retaining most of the original luster. Brass hilt excellent - perfect retaining much of the original gilt under an old lacquer finish. Fishskin grip and triple brass wire wrap mint. The scabbard retains 90% of the original lacquer brown finish, the balance a smooth dark patina, absolutely no rust or pitting. Brass mounts also near mint retaining much of the original gilt under the same old lacquer finish, just a few tiny shallow dents, really negligible. Ring mounts decorated with detailed acanthus leaves, brass carrying rings. The 12th NYSM was mustered into service at New York City on June 11, 1861 to serve three months. The regiment embarked for the Shenandoah Valley and was engaged at Martinsburg July 12. On August 5, 1861 the unit was mustered out of service, apparently making the end of Bostwick's military career. The sword is accompanied by a letter detailing the purchase of the sword from Bostwick's direct lineal descendant. A fascinating Civil War sword in superb condition.

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    June, 2008
    29th-30th Sunday-Monday
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