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    Silver Gripped High Grade M1850 Staff and Field Officer's Sword by Tiffany & Co. of New York with an Inscription Between the Mounts on the Scabbard, "To/ Col. A. Niederweiser/ 6th Regt. E.[nrolled] M.[issouri] M.[ilitia]/ from/ Seymour Voullaire/ as A Token Of His Friendship and Appreciation Of His Patriot[ism]/ St. Louis May 23d 1864" Niederweiser initially entered service as captain of Co. "C" of the 3d Missouri for 100 days service commencing on May 8, 1861., subsequently serving as colonel of the 6th Enrolled Missouri Militia in 1863 and 1864. Interestingly Niederweiser's pension records state that he was injured while personally removing the Confederate flag and hoisting the United States flag over the court house in Fulton, Missouri upon its capture. Complete military and pension records, of course, accompany the sword

    The 32" blade is etched for 2/3 of its length in a classic Tiffany pattern, with leaves and berries, panoply of flags and crossed cannon and an American shield amidst scroll work and oak leaves on the obverse, with oak leaf and scroll work designs and a central panel with large block "US" and "Tiffany/ & Co./ New York" just above the ricasso on the reverse. The blade is smooth and gray with just some very minor patches of staining and some salt and peppering near the tip. All etching is highlighted with finely engraved detailed. The regulation style hilt includes a silver grip with twisted brass wire. There is a small brass pip affixed at the center of the decoration on the face of the pommel cap. A small brass cap is apparently missing from the top of the pommel with the tang of the blade now exposed. Scattered dark patina, quillon slightly bent.

    The German silver scabbard utilizes brass mounts which are heavily and exquisitely engraved in a typical Tiffany pattern, covered on both sides with scroll/fan like designs with an eagle and shield on the upper section of the top mount, intertwined US on the obverse of the middle mount with American shield and stars on the reverse. Heavy ring mounts with acanthus leaves and ribbons, the drag displays a large US in an acanthus leaf wreath with ribbons at the top, brass throat. "The Tiffany & Co./ M" logo on a riband on the back of the top mount. Mounts perfect with scattered dark patina. The scabbard exhibits a few noteworthy dents on the lower third on both sides. An impressive Civil War presentation sword , rare and desirable from the state of Missouri.


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    June, 2008
    29th-30th Sunday-Monday
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