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    American Eaglehead Officer's Straight Sword C. 1835 Signed F.W. Widmann 29 3/4" straight blade decorated for two thirds its length with fire blue and gilt along with two white etched panels on each side. Decoration includes scroll work and arms panoplies, engraved P.D.L. at the base of the blade. Retains 80% of the original blue and gilt with the white panels generally bright mixing with light gray patina, remainder of the blade light gray with some very minor stains and a shallow 1/2" long edge nick. Excellent hilt is classic Widmann form with spread wing eagle and shield grasping laurel branches and arrows in the counterguard which terminates in a curled cornucopia. Knucklebow cast with deep relief scroll decoration, closed mouth eagle head with well defined feathers. The grip is composed of tightly wrapped twisted copper wire with 1/2" ferrule at base embellished with typical Widmann grapevine motif. Face of the brass scabbard nearly covered with engraved decoration including two massive spreadwing eagles, vines and punched stars. The reverse plain with "F.W. Widmann / Philada" in a deeply stamped cartouche near the throat. Ring mounts with grapevine motif, one scabbard ring and strap ring are missing, the other fine, easily restored. Scabbard with pleasing untouched patina, just some minor scattered edge dents. Attached to the hilt of the sword with a brass chain is a brass disc identifying the sword as the work of "Frederick William Widmann / 1789-1848" and stating on the verso that the sword was "From the Clarence Frederick Runtsch Collection". Very fine example of the work of this very desirable maker and very scarce signed.

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    Auction Dates
    December, 2012
    8th Saturday
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