Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    Group of Three Swords Belonging to Lieutenant Mills C. Clark, Company "I" 93rd Illinois Infantry, including a high grade M1850 foot officer's sword inscribed in an engraved shield set diagonally on the scabbard throat, "Lieut M. C. Clark/ Presented by his/ Brother C. B. Clark." Mills C. Clark enrolled in the 93d Illinois on August 2, 1862 and was promoted to 2d lieutenant on September 9, most likely the point at which he was presented with this sword. He was wounded at Champion Hill, Mississippi May 16, 1863 and promoted to captain June 29, 1863. He was subsequently discharged on 15 August 1863 as the result of his wound, having been shot through the abdomen. The swords are of course accompanied by Clark's complete military and pension records. 30¼" blade etched for 2/3 of its length with scroll work, arms panoplies and spread wing eagle with riband and motto on the obverse. Scroll work, arms panoplies American flag and block US on the reverse. "Iron Proof" etched on the back of the blade. Blade excellent retaining much original luster, just a couple of very small patches of very light pitting near the tipo, minor, also retains the original leather washer. The regulation brass hilt retains much of the original gilt and displays hand engraved embellishment at the quillon and where the guard enters the pommel cap. Fishskin grip shows some honest wear but excellent with fine triple brass wire wrap. Brass mounted leather scabbard excellent, some minor crackling to the finish but very sound and absolutely no flaking. The engraved brass mounts are exceptional. The upper mount features the presentation shield which is surrounded with floral work, the lower section decorated with scroll work. The middle mount displays a diagonal American shield surrounded with floral work and both ring mounts are decorated with stars. The lower mount is engraved with scroll work on the lower section and a sun with rays rising from behind an American shield on the upper section, most unusual. A couple of minor dents on the lower mount, otherwise mounts perfect with nice dark untouched patina and traces of gilt.

    Accompanied by a mint condition Civil War, or immediately thereafter, regulation M1860 Staff & Field officer's sword. Absolutely as new with 100% original gilt, none finer. Blade diamond shaped in cross section and beautifully etched on a frosted background with spread wing eagle, scroll work and US. Logo in the etch, just above the ricasso on the reverse, "A. W. Simmons/ & Co./ Boston/ Mass. Fishskin grip with twisted brass wire wrap mint. Folding counter guard with lion face on the quillon. A beautiful sword. Although not named acquired with the presentation and unquestionably the property of Clark.

    Also included is a high grade Masonic sword C. 1870. Silvered brass scabbard profusely engraved with scroll motifs. Plumed helmet pommel and engraved on the back of the scabbard between the top mount and the throat "M. C. Clark". Blade elliptical in cross section with a single narrow fuller, beautifully etched and engraved for 2/3 of its length. The reverse ricasso bears the logo of "H. P Caperey/ Chicago, Ill". This sword, overall, about as fine an example as we've seen. A very nice group with the two additional swords serving as a noteworthy adjunct the Civil War foot officer's sword.


    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2008
    29th-30th Sunday-Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 778

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    This item cannot be shipped using standard methods. Please contact us for more information. Sales Tax information

    Important information concerning Sales Tax and Resale Certificates. Learn More

    Terms and Conditions  |  Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments |  Glossary of Terms

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2021 May 2 Luxury Accessories Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    I don’t often do testimonials but in this case I felt truly obligated to thank Heritage Auctions for the extremely professional job your organization did for me.
    Charlie K.,
    Pittsburgh, PA
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search