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1st Rhode Island Identified Model 1860 U.S. Staff Officer's Sword Circa 1899
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Here is a great looking sword! This is the sword officially referred to as the U.S. model 1860 staff & field officer's sword. This name is a little misleading since almost all of the swords of this pattern were made in the late 1800's. This one was probably made about 1890 or so. It has the very nicely etched blade that is full-length. At the base of the blade it has the maker's mark of the famous "MC Lilley Co. Columbus, O.". Just down the blade from the maker's mark it has the beautiful letter "US" etched into the blade. It has a nice color to the brass of the hand guard and pommel cap with a great looking amount of the original gold gilding. The hand guard has the beautiful Union eagle on the clam shell side of the guard. It is the high quality version that has the relief style casting which makes the eagle really stand out. On the back side it has the clam shell design that was designed with the button to allow it to fold down so it won't stick in the soldier's side with the button still nicely intact. The original grip is remaining and is the fine version made of pewter which is made to look like silver. The bow of the hand guard has the lightning bolt design. It has a high quality officer's sword knot intact and in fine shape. The sword is accompanied by the original scabbard that is complete and has a very nice look all over. The scabbard still retains a fine amount of the original plating from the factory. Between the sword mounts it has the jeweler quality inscription that reads "Presented to Capt. H.S. Pearce / By the Members of Co. C. 1st R.I.V. / At Camp Fornance, S.C. / Feb. 22. 99". Camp Fornance was located in Columbia, South Carolina. The records show that Harold S. Pearce joined the 1st Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry in May of 1898 and served with them until March of 1899. Several copies of his military records will accompany the sword. This is a beautifully crafted sword with a cool history from a Rhode Island soldier.


Item #: B3412
Shipping Weight: 15 lbs
Your Price:$1,650.00 USD
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