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Civil War Naval Officer's Sword with Presentation to a Paymaster From the 1870's
Item #: A6647
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This is a beautiful original Civil War era naval officer's sword by a tougher to find maker. This is the version of naval officer sword that was made by the firm of Horstmann but it is completely unmarked. This is the pattern of sword that is officially known as the US Model 1852 Naval Officer's Sword. This one has the early style quill back blade design but it is narrow like most of the ones made after the Civil War. They are one of the most beautifully designed sword in US service. It has the nice, full-length 28 inch blade it has the fine etching still visible. The front side of the blade has the floral and patriotic designs. On the back side of the blade it has the "USN" lettering for United States Navy. The handguard is made of the beautifully cast brass with some of the original gold gilding that gives it a gorgeous appearance. The quillion as well as the drag of the sword each are made int he likeness of a sea serpent. The basket of the hand guard has the "USN" lettering. On the top of the sword it has the droop wing design Union eagle. The handle has the sharkskin grip intact as well as the spring style wire wrapping. One thing that makes this sword extra special is that the top mount of the scabbard is inscribed "Presented to Asst. Paymaster N. H. Stavey by Brigham, Mercci & Clapp". I found a reference that there was an Assistant Paymaster by that name working at the Boston Navy Yard int he early 1870's. A friend of mine found that Nicolas Stavey served from December 4th 1869 through September 1st 1876. This sword deserves more research to learn more about the inscription. The sword is accompanied by the original brass and leather scabbard. The scabbard mounts are produced with the rope-like designs. As you can see, this is an exceptional sword from all angles.

Shipping Weight: 15 lbs
$995.00 USD

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