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    Superb Quality, High Grade, Silver Grip, Tiffany & Co. Sword Presented to Missouri Surgeon Edward Martin Powers along with Masthead Commissions Signed by Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. An exceptional and historic grouping. Powers enrolled as Surgeon in the 7th Missouri Infantry on June 1, 1861, and served with the regiment until May 18, 1864, when he was commissioned as Assistant Surgeon US Volunteers Medical Staff (the Lincoln commission). He was advanced to Surgeon on March 10, 1865 and retroactively promoted to Lt. Col. by brevet October 6, 1865, (the Johnson commission). During his service with the 7th Missouri the regiment was engaged throughout Missouri, Tennessee, and Louisiana, as well as participating in the assaults on Vicksburg. The regiment lost fifty-six men killed and mortally wounded during their term of service.

    The sword employs a straight 31½" double edged blade and exhibits the elegant deep and finely detailed Tiffany etch for 3/4 its length, on a frosted, almost Damascened background. The obverse displays numerous finely detailed scroll and leaf panels with a large block US in the center and the full standing figure of a Roman soldier holding flag and sword near the hilt. The reverse displays similar foliate panels with the central theme of a panoply of arms and flags with the full standing figure of a medieval knight with flag and sword near the hilt. The base of the blade displays the etched logo "Tiffany & Co./ New-York". Blade excellent with some touches of luster and some minor salt and peppering at the extreme tip, else about perfect. The hilt form is uniquely Tiffany and has been noted on several other custom crafted presentation swords produced by this firm during the Civil War. The shield shaped silvered counterguard is surrounded by deeply cast oak leaves and acorns and bears the inscription, "Surgeon E. M. Powers/ from his friends/ (and in a riband) Coolbaugh". The counterguard exhibits three tiny holes at the edges cast integrally when it was produced for the possible contingency of attaching a plaque. The S-shaped cross guard terminates in scrolls and is nicely engraved. The number 242/31 is neatly die stamped on the underside. The unique full bodied Tiffany eagle on the pommel surmounts a base with beautifully cast acanthus leaves and ribands. The hilt retains much of the original gilt, the counterguard 95% of the original silver, the silver grip with just two small dents, minor.

    The German silver scabbard is engraved between the two upper mounts with a very fancy script MS (Medical Staff). Brass mounts with acanthus leaf and riband ring mounts exquisitely engraved, again with a style and finesse unique to Tiffany. On the obverse the top mount is decorated with scroll/leaf motifs and an eagle in flight on an American shield. The middle and lower mounts also with scroll/leaf motifs and a large American shield at the top of the lower mount. The reverse of the mounts engraved with similar motifs with a large intertwined US at the top of the lower mount. The Tiffany & Co. logo is on a separately affixed riband at the brass throat. The scabbard is excellent with a few scattered light dents, the mounts are perfect.

    The vellum commissions are both 16" x 20". The one to date to May 18th, 1864 was signed by Lincoln and Stanton May 24th. The other signed by Stanton and Johnson (stamped) March 26th, 1866 to date to October 6th 1865. Although both commissions exhibit some foxing, all signatures are bright, bold and crisp. Also included is a small archive of documents pertaining to Powers including his Civil War discharge and several period Missouri state appointments/ commissions. An important grouping both visually and historically.


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    June, 2009
    25th Thursday
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