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Medical Items from the Civil War Era
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24th Kentucky (US) Identified Civil War Medical Staff Officers Sword
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Here is a sword that you don't see offered very often these days. This is the original Civil War medical staff officer sword. Officially known as the US model 1840 medical staff sword this is the classic style that was worn by the doctors of the Civil War era. The blade is 30 inches in overall length with an attractive look all over. You can still see the etching on each side of the blade. The front of the blade has the floral and geometric etching as well as the eagle and "E PLURIBUS UNUM" etching on both sides. On the back of the blade it has the more floral and patriotic designs etched on each side of the large "US" lettering. What makes this sword so special is that on the tip end of the etching it was extra etched with the owner's name and regiment. On one side it reads "James Sympson Surgeon" and on the other side is "24th Regt. Kentucky Vols." The records show that James Sympson enlisted on October 15th 1861 at Lexington, Kentucky as surgeon of the 24th Kentucky U.S. Infantry. He served with the regiment throughout the War and mustered out on January 31st 1865 at Covington, Kentucky. The 24th Kentucky had a valiant service history, they were on the field at Perrysville, the siege of Knoxville, Rocky Face, Resaca with Sherman on his advance to Atlanta. They were at Kennesaw and through Atlanta as well as Jonesboro and Lovejoy's Station. Sympson would have been caring for the wounded of so many battles. The things this sword must have seen. When you take the handle off you can see the marking where the sword is one of the fine quality blades that has the France marking. Many firms would import the blades and assemble swords themselves like this including many of the American firms such as Horstmann and Tiffany. These swords have a beautifully ornate handle and cross guard. The cross guard has the shield in the center and as you can see it still has the applied German silver "MS" letters. These letters stand for the medical service branch of the Union army. The cast brass handle has the beautiful droop wing style union Eagle on the front side. The Eagle holds the arrows of war in one talon in the branch of peace and the other. At the very top of the sword it is all held together by the tang nut that is designed in the form of a flower. On the blade side back of the hand grip it has the Oval stamp containing the "E.L." lettering and the three stars. This is the marking of the Paris, France sword assembler E. Lyon. All of the brass has a beautiful rich patina as you can see in the pictures. The sword is accompanied by the original scabbard that is constructed entirely of brass. The scabbard still retains all three sword hanger rings as well as the drag on the bottom of the sword scabbard. As you can see the mounts and drag have the beautiful designs to accentuate the sword itself. The throat is still present at the top of the scabbard.

Item #: C440
Shipping Weight: 15 lbs
Your Price:$3,950.00 USD
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