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Wonderfully Designed 4th Connecticut 1861 Presentation Sword to George B. Cook
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This is a wonderful looking sword with a beautiful presentation. This is an original militia style officer's sword and scabbard and we know who carried it. This is one of the stylish privately purchased officer's swords that was made by the N.P. Ames Company of Springfield, Massachusetts. You can see some of the maker's marking under the langet of the sword at the base of the blade. The blade is full-length with a beautiful amount of the original factory etching that included floral and patriotic designs. The hand guard of the sword is made of a 2-piece cast brass crossguard with the very ornate spread wing eagle perched ion a shield on both sides. On one side, it has the brass chain that goes up to the knight' helmet style pommel cap. The grip is crafted with the wooden core that is covered by the original sharkskin material. Wound around the grip it has the double twist copper wire that is flanked on each side by the single strands of copper wire. The sword is accompanied by the original all brass scabbard that is as finely crafted as the sword itself. The brass body of the scabbard is accented by the very ornate mounts as well as the stylish drag. If you notice' the mounts are designed with "Hands" for actually holding the suspension rings that attached the sword to the soldier's belt. What makes this sword extra special, is that it is jeweler quality inscribed between the two mounts with "Presented to 1st Lieutenant George B. Cook, co II, 4th regiment Conn. volunteer, by friends at home, New London (Conn) June, 1861". The records show that George B. Cook enlisted and was mustered into the first regiment, Connecticut volunteers, heavy artillery on May 22, 1861 as a First Lieutenant, he was promoted to Captain on November 8, 1861; and Major on January 22, 1863, he mustered out on May 4, 1865. The 4th was one of the regiments formed when Abraham Lincoln called for 75,000 volunteers in April of 1861. They guarded the Capitol when it was though the Confederates would attack Washington. They were one of the regiments that were sent on the Peninsular Campaign to serve on the siege train cannons. His Company were to man the 10 ten in mortars. They then served at Malvern Hill where some of the men were manning Whitworth rifled cannon. Their flag was adorned with the battle honors for "Siege of Yorktown, Hanover C.H. Chicakahominy, Gaines Mill, Malvern". They would go on to fight at Fredericksburg, Kelley's Ford, Orange Courthouse, Petersburg, Richmond and then For Fisher, North Carolina. A printout of Cook's service as well as that of the 1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery will accompany the sword. What a cool sword with a rock solid identification.

Item #: C311
Shipping Weight: 15 lbs
Your Price:$4,500.00 USD
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