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Gorgeous Identified Sword Carried by Major Walter Seip of the 202nd Pennsylvania
Item #: A6601
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Here is a beautiful Civil War staff officer's sword and we know who carried it! In jeweler quality engraving it reads "MAJOR / WALTER H SEIP / 202 REGIMENT". In 2011, My friend at the Horse Soldier in Gettysburg Sold this sword. Their description was very nice so I plagiarize what they wrote: Major Seip's imported edged weapon is an original and classic specimen of the type sword carried by many Field and Staff officers during the Civil War. The reputable Klingenthal Armory in the French Alsace-Lorraine province produced this finely crafted weapon that measures a total length of 38" long. The steel blade is 32" long and exhibits an unstopped wide fuller 31¼" long with a 30¾" long narrow fuller. Blade is in excellent original condition with the reverse and obverse sides showing fine, decorative frost etching on both sides. Reverse flat displays prolific etching with drums, lances and wrapped flags above the ricasso and progresses upward with ornate foliate into a sharp block style "U. S.". Additional foliate extends to within 15" of the blade point. Reverse ricasso exhibits two, small, civilian 'poincons' or proof marks that are partially covered by the leather pad or washer. Above the ricasso is a prolific etching of drums, lances and wrapped flags followed by a spreadwinged eagle flanked by ornate foliate which extends to within 15" of the point. Rounded blade back exhibits the maker's address in French script. The handsome blade is unsharpened and uncleaned and presents a shiny bright appearance with fine frosting and etching. Hints of pinprick rust and age discoloration are visible within two inches of the point. Frosting is slightly discolored on both flats 5" from the washer. No edge nicks or other blemishes. The large, non-regulation, brass basket hilt is ornately embellished with fine delicate casting in a single stack and features a spreadwinged eagle bearing a shield device surrounded in sprays of oak leaves and flags. Superb casting is highly detailed and sharp. Grips, which are in wonderful strong condition, feature a carved, center swell wood handle covered in high-quality, dark shark skin wrap. Handle is bound with double twisted brass wire that is tight and strong. Skin is excellent but has one tiny area of light nodule scuffing at the pommel area. No cracks or flaking. Cast brass guard knucklebow and quillion bear an ornate design and are very well executed. The original washer has lost a small portion of the leather. The pleasingly ornate Phrygian pommel is embellished along the edges with an oak leave wreath and a shield device. Pommel cap is loose. Bright gilt metal scabbard features a post-war block letter identification on the reverse side between the mounts and reads "MAJOR / WALTER H SEIP / 202 REGIMENT". Heavily ornate bands, mounts and drag are finely cast brass with a decorative series of floral motifs and scroll work. Upper and lower bands retain the set screws but the drag is missing its screw. Scabbard body is bright and undented. Major Seip's military and pension records from the National Archives accompany this weapon. If one seeks an identified, high quality Field and Staff Officer's sword, this wonderful non-regulation M1850 specimen is for you. identified to Major Walter H. Seip, an officer who served in both the 128th PA Volunteers and in the 202nd PA Volunteers during the Civil War. The edged weapon, with its matching ornate, gold-gilted metal scabbard, was used by twenty-six year old First Lieutenant Walter H. Seip of Allentown, PA. On August 8, 1862, Lt. Seip enlisted as a 1st Lieutenant in Company "D", 128th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer infantry, a nine-month unit. The regiment was involved at the Battle of Antietam, MD and the Battle at Chancellorsville, VA. Seip served with the unit until he was mustered out with the regiment on May 19, 1863. He returned to civilian life but enlisted once again at Harrisburg, PA for one year in September 1864, this time as Captain of Company "E", 202nd Regiment, PA Volunteer Infantry on August 29, 1864. Seip was promoted Major on September 4, 1864 and served until the end of October 1864 when he was listed as absent-sick in Alexandria, VA. He returned to duty in March 1865 and mustered out on August 3, 1865. Seip returned to Allentown, married and gained a pension. He died of consumption on 3 September 1868. This is a beautiful sword with a rock solid identification.



Shipping Weight: 20 lbs
$3,450.00 USD

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