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Gorgeous Silver Gripped Officer Sword 35th New York With Hospital Presentation
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Here is an interesting Civil War sword with a gorgeous look. This is an original Civil War foot officer's sword. The superb quality scabbard makes this one really stand out! The scabbard has the leather body that displays beautifully. The mounts are the finely crafted brass with the applied decorations to the top and middle mount. The top mount has the floral patterns with the presentation inscription inside an oval int he center. In jeweler quality engraving it proudly reads "Presented to SERGT C. B. BOWERS. BY Summit House Hospital Guards March 16th 1863." Charles B. Bowers was a Sergeant in Company K of the 35th New York Infantry. He enlisted in May of 1861 as a Private and was mustered out in June of 1863 at Elmira, New York. He later joined the 8th Regiment of the Veteran Reserve Corps as a 2nd Lieutenant, and also served in the 11th Regiment of the Veteran Reserve Corps. The 35th New York saw ample action, including at Rappahannock Station, 2nd Bull Run, Chantilly, South Mountain, Antietam, and Fredericksburg. Bowers spent time hospitalized at the Summit House, which is where he was presented this sword. The mounts still retain some of the original gold gilding. At the base of the blade etching, it has the retailer marking of "G.W. SIMMONS & BRO PHILA PA". This sword blade itself was made by the firm of Collins and Company in Hartford, Connecticut and is so marked on the back side of the blade base. It also has the production date of 1862 stamped into the blade. The blade of the sword is full-length at 31-1/2 inches. It has the engraving still visible on both sides. The front side has the spread wing version of the Union eagle with the "E PLURIBUS UNUM" motto in the banner below. This motto translates from the Latin for "Of One, Many". On the back of the blade it has the large ornate letter etching "US" in the center. The hand guard of the sword has the large basket with the floral pattern which is correct for his rank of a foot officer. The brass of the hand guard and pommel cap have a beautiful mellow golden tone all over with a superb amount of the original gold gilding in the recesses. On the handle of the sword it has the original silver washed brass grip. The grip of the sword is beautifully crafted. It has the original spring wire intact with the flanking wire intact on each side. This is an amazing looking sword from all angles. A binder of Bowers and his service will accompany the piece.

Item #: C887
Shipping Weight: 10 lbs
Your Price:$3,950.00 USD
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