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Colonel Ira Ainsworth's Roby Marked Staff Officer's Sword -177th New York
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This is a gorgeous looking Civil War staff & field officer sword & scabbard. This is the classic style that was carried by the field officer's of the Civil War but is a higher quality detail. The brass parts of the sword retain a fine amount of the original silver from the factory. The blade has the original etching on the blade that displays beautifully even after all of the years. It has vividly clear etching as you can see but it has a light gray tone all over. The front side of the blade has the patriotic Union eagle in a upturned spread wing stance. On the back of the blade it has more patriotic and floral designs and the large bold "US" lettering. The etching still shows up nicely and displays superbly. At the base of the back side of the blade it has the maker mark of the firm of West Chelmsford, Massachusetts firm of Christopher Roby. Roby made many of the high quality edged weapons for the Union soldiers during the Civil War. On the handle of the sword it has the original rayskin grip intact. On top of the wrap it still has the double twist style brass wire with the single strand flanking wires. The brass hand guard and pommel cap are present with a great untouched look all over with a fine amount of silver. The basket has the floral pattern with the "US" in the center which lets us know that it was for the staff and field rank of service. The scabbard is in attractive shape all over. It is also made of a metal body with brass furniture. It has the original mounts, rings, throat and drag intact. On the back of the top mount, it has the matching and correct C. Roby Maker's marking stamped into the brass. What makes this sword extra special is engraved in jeweler quality lettering between the mounts. It proudly states "PRESENTED / TO / COL. IRA W. AINSWORTH / BY SERGEANTS OF / 10TH REGT. N.G.S.N.Y.". The records show that the 10th New York State national Guard was a militia unit that was mustered into Civil War volunteer service as the 177th New York Volunteer Infantry. Ainsworth was the appointed Colonel of the Regiment. The served with the Department of the Gulf and saw heavy service at the Battle and Siege of Port Hudson, Louisiana. The folks at CivilWarData.com even had a picture of him. He is wearing a similar sword and it could be this sword but we can't say for sure. Several copies of records will accompany the sword. This is a great looking Civil War staff and field officer's sword in scabbard from the Roby firm with an amazing look all over.


Item #: B2912
Shipping Weight: 20 lbs
Your Price:$5,250.00 USD
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