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    U.S. M1850 Foot Officer's Sword by Ames with the Following Inscription on the Throat of the Scabbard: "Presented To/ Capt. Alex. Mcleod/ From Comte of 16th Ward/ Through Judge W. H. Bull/ New York July 3, 1863". Alexander McLeod enlisted as a captain in F Company of the the 84th New York National Guard Infantry July 3, 1863 (the date of the inscription), serving until August 4. He subsequently re-enlisted on July 13, 1864, and remained with the regiment until October 29. McLeod served with the regiment during their entire term of service, including 30 days in the defenses of Baltimore and, during their second term of service, in Washington, Great Falls, Maryland and Winchester, Virginia, including a skirmish near Muddy Branch, Maryland, September 29, 1864. The sword is in fine condition, just showing signs of some honest use, overall retaining 30% of the original gilt. Blade near perfect with just a few tiny blemishes and incorporating classic Ames etch with scroll work, eagle, US and Ames logo above the ricasso. Hilt also excellent with perfect sharkskin grip and wire wrap, the quillon is just slightly bent, apparently occurring during the period of the sword's use. Scabbard with some cracks in the finish but no flaking, and very sound. There is a clean break just above the lower mount with no loss, easily repaired. Mounts with a few scattered minor dents, also apparently occurring during the sword's use. A very nice, untouched, presentation Civil war foot officer's sword.

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    June, 2010
    26th Saturday
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