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    U.S. M1860 Foot Officer's Sword, Inscribed on the Folding Reverse Counterguard to "Maj. F. J. Porter U. S. A." We are of the opinion this sword dates to circa 1860- early 1861 with Porter using his brevet rank of major from his Mexican War service. Porter an 1841 graduate of West Point, went on to both fame and failure in the Civil War. Commissioned Col. May 14, 1861, Brig. Gen. May 17, 1861, and Maj. Gen. July 4, 1862. Porter was subsequently cashiered from service for his actions at 2nd Bull Run. Historians generally agree that Porter's fate was decided not by his military actions, but by his political affiliations. Porter fought for over twenty years to clear his name and, finally, on August 5, 1886 he was recommissioned Colonel in the U.S. Army, with date of rank back to May 14, 1861, retiring from U.S. service just two days later. A sad end to a potentially brilliant career. The 30.75" straight blade is diamond shaped in cross section with a 0.5" ricasso. The blade rapidly tapers and is reminiscent of a rapier. There is no sign that it was ever etched. Blade excellent, smooth and gray. Regulation brass hilt with eagle on panoply of flags on guard, spread wing eagle on pommel and folding counterguard. The inscription is in a flowing riband. The grip is of horn with very small gauge twisted silver wire. Hilt overall excellent with deep dark untouched patina. The steel scabbard is also of regulation form with brass throat and acanthus leaves on the ring mounts. The lower mount is missing. Fine condition, dark and untouched. Unique sword with a superb history.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2010
    26th Saturday
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