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    US M1840 Non-Commissioned Officer's Sword Inscribed to Thomas Burns of the 4th New Hampshire Inf. Burns enlisted on Sept. 18, 1861 and served with the regiment throughout their campaigns in South Carolina. He re-enlisted in 1864 and was promoted to sergeant in November of that year, doubtless when he was issued the sword. The regiment was engaged at Cold Harbor, Petersburg and actions leading up to Appomattox. Burns mustered out on August 23, 1865. The blade of the sword retains most of the original luster with just some staining. Ames logo on the reverse ricasso with inspector and 1864 date on the obverse. Retains most of the original leather washer. All brass hilt perfect with nice untouched patina. The top of the outboard counterguard bears the period script engraved legend, "Sergt. T. S. Burns/ Co.E/ 4th N. H. Inf." Brass mounted leather scabbard excellent with just some crazing of the finish, mounts with nice patina and a couple of minor dents. The scabbard is broken through, with no loss, just above the bottom mount, easily repaired. Complete with a full set of Burns' records. NCO swords with period inscriptions are actually quite rare.

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