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    Completely Untouched Civil War M1850 Foot Officer's Sword with Period ID to Henry I. Zinn, 36th (7th Reserves) and 130th Penna. Inf. Killed in Action At Fredericksburg, Va. Dec. 13, 1862. Zinn originally enlisted in the 7th Reserves on May 8, 1861 as 1st Lt. and was promoted to Capt. June 28. He resigned Nov. 3, 1861, enrolled in the 130th Penna. August 16, 1862 and was promoted to Col. The regiment was hard fought at Antietam, with Zinn in command, in the cornfield suffering 178 casualties. An excerpt from the Official records refers to Zinn at Fredericksburg as "a brave and gallant off....killed early in the engagement by a musket ball while fearlessly cheering on his men." The sword is 37 ½" overall with a 31 ½" blade. The blade is etched for 2/3 its length with floral/scroll work, arms panoplies and eagle shield and riband on the obverse and US on the reverse. The logo of "W. H. Horstmann/& Sons/Philadelphia" at the base of the obverse with crowned head proof on the reverse ricasso. The blade is very fine with crisp etching, retaining much of the mint luster and the red wool washer. The regulation hilt is excellent with about 40% of the original gilt, sharkskin grip and spring coil copper wire. Zinn's name, "H. I. Zinn" is neatly scratched on the underside of the guard in ¼" high block letters. Leather scabbard very good with plain brass mounts retaining traces of gilt mixing with a dark untouched patina. The scabbard shows some flaking but very sound. The sword is accompanied by a complete set of Zinn's records. An historically moving sword, that doubtless bore witness to some of the fiercest fighting of the war, in the hands of a gallant officer who gave his life in the defense of the Union.

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    November, 2008
    20th-21st Thursday-Friday
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