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    U.S. M1840 Heavy Cavalry Officer's Saber Inscribed to Brigadier General J. Howard Kitching, Mortally Wounded at the Battle of Cedar Creek. John Howard Kitching was commissioned a Captain in the 2nd New York Hvy. Arty, August 19, 1861, and discharged July 6, 1862, accepting a commission as Lt. Col. in the 6th NY Hvy. Arty. on September 16, 1862, and Col. April 1, 1863. Kitching, at the age of 25 was brevetted to Brigadier General on August 1, 1864, and mortally wounded, in command of a brigade at Cedar Creek, October 19, succumbing to his wounds at his home at Dobb's Ferry, N. Y. December 11, 1864. The sword is in wonderful untouched condition. The blade is about mint with the obverse etch on a gilt Damascus panel including spread wing eagle, motto and scroll work. The reverse etch is most unusual, with the central theme of the New York state seal on a similar gilt Damascus panel flanked by scrollwork. "C. R. Kirschbaum/ Solingen" on the obverse ricasso with knight's head on the reverse. Regulation style hilt also about perfect with dark untouched patina and inscribed in script on the top of the inboard guard "J. Howard Kitching". Grip also about perfect with springlike wire flanked by single strand wire, the leather just showing a few tiny spots of honest wear. Steel scabbard with deep dark patina and just some scattered very light pitting and some old dry surface rust, with no dents. Brass mounts all decorated with elaborate engraved floral work, also about perfect with dark untouched patina. Great sword inscribed to a gallant officer, and one of the youngest generals in the Union Army.

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    June, 2010
    26th Saturday
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