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    Very Rare Civil War Us M1840 Non Commissioned Officer's Sword Variant "Presented to David F. Lawry by His Friends in 57th Reg. M. V. M." is Engraved in an Oval Panel on the Reverse of the Top Mount. Lowry initially enlisted in the 21st Mass. August 26, 1861, serving with the regiment until Jan. 16, 1863 through action at 2d Bull Run, Antietam and Fredericksburg. He then enlisted in the 57th on Jan. 11, 1864 as commissary sergeant, doubtless when he was presented with this sword. During the period the 57th was engaged at Cold Harbor, Petersburg and the Appomattox campaign. He mustered out on June 13, 1865. The sword is identical to a M1840 NCO with the exception of the inward counter guard is turned down. The pommel and knuckle bow are both decorated with engraving and both lobes of the guard are engraved with a five pointed star and rays flanked by laerel boughs. Hilt perfect, untouched with deep dark patina. The blade is deeply etched for 2/3 its length with floral and scroll motifs and an American flag on a staff on the obverse and large US on the reverse. The blade is overall about mint. The leather scabbard exhibits embossed linear decoration and both brass mounts are deeply engraved with scroll motifs on a stippled background. Scabbard excellent with just a few minor scuffs, both brass mounts about perfect, retaining traces of the original gold wash mixing with patina. A rare sword with an excellent history.

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    November, 2008
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