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1858 Abraham Lincoln Handwritten Letter

A handwritten letter from Abraham Lincoln to Judge Joseph Gillespie of Edwardsville, Madison County, Illinois  dated August 2, 1858, Springfield. It states, "I should be with Judge Douglas on the 11th had he not strongly intimated in his published letter that my presence would be considered an intrusion………On Saturday, I accidentally heard old A.G. Herndon remark that they had got to their new Buchanan paper his forty subscribers from Montgomery County. This last for yourself only. Yours as ever, A. Lincoln". Dimensions: 8" x 6.25". 

Judge Gillespie was one of four or five men with whom Lincoln was said to have been close friends. This is evident from the last lines of the letter. The two men were friends from the time they were enlisted as militia men in 1832. Gillespie also went into politics and was elected to the Illinois Legislature in 1840. Gillespie and Lincoln maintained a close political friendship. 

The year 1858 (the year of the letter) was notable for the Lincoln–Douglas debates (also known as The Great Debates of 1858) were a series of seven debates between Abraham Lincoln, the Republican Party candidate for the United States Senate from Illinois, and incumbent Senator Stephen Douglas, the Democratic Party candidate.

Provenance: Judge Gillespie gave the letter to George S. Swaggard of Illinois. Upon his death it was passed to his son, Benjamin Swaggard. Upon his death, his widow gave the letter to Frank Porter, her grand nephew and has remained in that family. 

Processing and shipping within the continental U.S. $25.00 plus 1.5% replacement cost insurance.

Starting Price: $12,500
Estimate: $25,000 - $50,000
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Charles Dickens Letter and CDV

Charles Dickens handwritten letter, one page, Tavistock House, Tavistock Square, London dated Monday, April 5, 1858. To Nelson Lee, agreeing to look over his manuscript and to tell him what he thinks of it, but adding that "here my power of rendering you any service will stop, for I have never known myself to possess the least influence with any publisher…" Traces of mounting along top edge (with small paper loss at upper left, affecting no text). Toning. Dimensions: 7"h x 4.5"w. Provenance: David J. Holmes Autographs, Philadelphia, PA, 4/96 thence to present owner.

Charles Dickens CDV depicting Dickens in a seated pose. Marked verso, "Cartes de Visite / D. Appleton & Co. / …..A.A. Turner / Photographer." Dimensions: 4" x 2.5". Toning, pencil notations verso, small losses at upper corners, discoloration at right mid margin.

Processing and shipping within the continental U.S. $25.00 plus 1.5% replacement cost insurance.

Starting Price: $500
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,500
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Birds-Eye View City of San Jose 1858

Framed lithograph of a drawing of the view from San Jose City Hall on North Market Street looking south toward Santa Clara Street by Levi Goodrich, lithographed by Kuchel and Dressel, printed by Britton and Rey, 1858. Dimensions: (sheet) 13.75"h x 23.5"w; (framed) 22.25"h x 32.25"w. Processing and shipping within the continental U.S. $68.00 plus 1.5% replacement cost insurance.

Starting Price: $500
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,500
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Birds-Eye View of Sacramento City,1850

TitleView of Sacramento City: as it appeared during the great inundation in January 1850 [California]

CreatorGeo. W. Casilear & Henry Bainbridge (active ca. 1850), artist Sarony, lithographer 

Date Created and/or Issuedc18

This view of Sacramento depicts the city during a flood in 1850. Rain and melting snow from the Sierra Nevada mountains caused the Sacramento river to flow over the levee. Looking down J st from the levee, this view documents notable buildings and landmarks submerged in flood waters. At the head of J street on the left hand side is a knoll of ground made by the Indians, called Sa’cum, which stayed dry throughout the flood. Sutter’s Fort is 25 miles from the Levee and is at the head of J st. To the left of J street can be found the City Hotel, which faces onto the levee and was built in 1849 at a cost of $78,000. The Sutter Hotel, which can found to the far right of J st and also facing the levee was built in 1848 at a cost $50,000.

Dimensions: (sight) 26.75"h x 38"w; (overall) 36.25"h x 46.75"w.

Starting Price: $500
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,500
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W.C. Gifford, Birds-Eye View City of San Jose, 1875

Framed early view of San Jose, published by W.C. Gifford in 1875 and lithographed in San Francisco by A.L. Bancroft. Among its more unusual features, the map shows a very early view of California baseball game. California's first official baseball game was held on February 22, 1860, in San Francisco. Dimensions: (sheet) 19.75"h x 29.75"w; (framed) 27.75"h x 37.75"w. Processing and shipping within the continental U.S. $105.00 plus 1.5% replacement cost insurance.

Charles B. Gifford began drawing views of California in 1860.  His earliest views include the Mission Dolores, Vallejo and Santa Clara.  Most of his work was published by Louis Nagel. A lithographer and landscape artist, Charles Gifford was born in 1830 in Massachusetts and appears to have moved to California about 1855 with his wife, Josepha of Nicaragua. After settling in San Francisco, he worked with various lithographers such as the Nahi brothers and Grafton Tyler Brown, before becoming a partner of William V. Gray in a lithography firm. 

Starting Price: $1,250
Estimate: $2,500 - $5,000
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American Walnut Bed and Armoire, ca.1875-85

American walnut and burl walnut bed and armoire, circa 1875-85, having gilt incised decoration. Mirrored armoire. Both pieces are accented with beautifully carved birds and floral motifs. Dimensions: (bed) 103"h x 63.5"w x 81"l; (armoire) 100"h x 57.5"w x 24"d. For shipping quote, please contact Delbert McCrea, 831-566-6088.

Starting Price: $1,250
Estimate: $2,500 - $5,000
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19th Century Walnut Lecturn

19th century walnut lecturn in Americana style accented with eagle with spread wings. Dimensions: 55.5"h x 23"w x 25"d. For shipping quote, please contact Box Brothers Sacramento at boxbrosacto@gmail.com or Delbert McCrea, 831-566-6088. 

Starting Price: $500
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,500
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New York Federal Mahogany Butler's Desk, ca.1810

Federal mahogany butler's desk. New York, circa 1810. Dimensions: 46.25"h x 22.5"d x 46.25"w. For shipping quote please contact Delbert McCrea, 831-566-6088. 

Starting Price: $500
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,500
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19th Century American Walnut Dining Table

19th century American walnut dining table with decorative base. Dimensions: 28"h x 47"w; (with all leaves) 106"l x 47"w. Please contact Delbert McCrea for delivery estimate, 831-566-6088. 

Starting Price: $500
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,500
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Rocky Mountain Sporting Goods Co. Gaming Roulette Table

Late 19th century / early 20th century mahogany and green cloth Rocky Mountain Sporting Goods Company roulette table. Wheel spindle marked. Marquetry decorated wheel. Paw feet. Dimensions: 33"h x 92"l x 44"w; exterior dimensions of roulette wheel: 31.5" diameter. For shipping quote, please contact Delbert McCrea, 831-566-6088. 

Starting Price: $1,250
Estimate: $2,500 - $5,000
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Late 19th Century Japanese Cabinet

Late 19th century Japanese round bamboo cabinet on stand. Dimensions: (round cabinet) 46.5"h x 36.5"w x 11.25"d; (stand) 22.5"h x 33"w x 17"d. For shipping quote, please contact Box Brothers Sacramento at boxbrosacto@gmail.com or Delbert McCrea, 831-566-6088.

Starting Price: $500
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,500
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Georgian Chest on Chest

Georgian chest on chest. English. A Georgian two-piece chest, the upper section having a molded cornice over three aligned and three graduated drawers. Lower section having mid-section dressing slide over three graduated drawers, all rising on bracket feet. Dimensions: 72"h x 40.5"w x 21"d. For shipping quote, please contact Delbert McCrea, 831-566-6088. 

Starting Price: $500
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,500
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B.A. Bremond Music Box on Stand

B.A. Bremond, Swiss, music box on stand. Accented with decorative marquetry and crossbanding. Bremond label on interior. Two additional cylinders for a total of three. Dimensions: 38"h x 40"w x 23"d. For shipping quote, please contact Box Brothers Sacramento at boxbrosacto@gmail.com or Delbert McCrea, 831-566-6088.

Starting Price: $500
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,500
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Eaglehead American Mounted Officer’s Saber Sword with Upswept “D” Guard

A remarkable and superb eaglehead pommel mounted officer’s sword with bright fire gilt hilt and scabbard, and brilliantly blue and gold blade, with a dramatic upsweep to the “D guard. The guard curves upward to a point soon after leaving the pommel. The guard then sweeps down to form the crossguard, terminating in a dragon’s head quillon. The langets are large and triangular shaped, each with a fasces and a torch on them in high relief. The grip is handsomely carved bone, withcheckering under a fan shaped arch on each side. The gilt brass scabbard is extensively engraved, with a large American eagle with a Union shield between the top two mounts. The wide, curved blade is beautifully blue and gold on its upper two-thirds, with trophies of arms with Liberty Caps atop spears, and one having a large Union shield. The other side has a dramatic American Eagle with upswept wings, with a Union shield on his chest having 15 stars. Above that is an urn with a face on it. The bright part of the blade retains almost all of its original polish.

Condition: Condition is excellent other than the very fine grip, which has a small chip just below where the guard joins the pommel, and a fine line crack on the right side, just above the ferrule. There is very minor wear on the blue and gold on high spots from being drawn. The reverse of the scabbard has lost some of its gilding, but this is undoubtedly one of the finest eaglehead sabers of its period remaining in the world.

Size: The sword is 38 inches long overall in its scabbard. The sword out of the scabbard is 37 ½ inches long, and the blade is 31 ½ inches long.

Processing and shipping within the continental U.S. $55.00 plus 1.5% replacement cost insurance.

Starting Price: $2,500
Estimate: $5,000 - $10,000
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Eaglehead Sword Saber and Scabbard

A truly remarkable eaglehead sword, circa 1820, with superb fire gilt hilt and scabbard, and an outstanding blue and gold decorated pipe-backed blade. This is as fine an example of the American eaglehead sword as one could find, in excellent condition, with brilliant blue and gold, and the guard with an eagle headed serpent meeting the eagle of the pommel, the serpent’s back having nearly 3-dimensional oak leaves protruding from it. The quillon terminates in a fiddle head design, and the langets both have high-relief oak leaves and acorns on them. The grip is beautifully carved bone with a spiral design with three strands of silver wire in the grooves. The scabbard is also beautifully fire gilt, with a large trophy of arms engraved between the upper two bands, and large oval shields on the top two bands. The drag of the scabbard is engraved with large laurel leaves. The blade is massive, and gorgeously decorated, with panels of bright acid etched steel between the areas of bright blue and gold. One of the bright panels has “Warranted” etched in it, and the one on the other side has a rampant lion in it. The decoration in the blue and gold includes a standing winged angel or figure of Victory blowing a trumpet. Trophies of arms include a Tarleton helmet, various classical weapons, flags and tympani. There are a number of garlands of flowers in both the blue and gold and the bright decoration, which all extend to within 7 inches of the point. This sword is a masterpiece of the sword cutler’s art, and as well as being spectacularly decorated, is superbly balanced.

Condition: The condition of the sword is superb, the hilt, scabbard, and grip all being in near perfect condition. The blade is excellent, with brilliant blue and gold. The bright area behind the point is slightly stained, but retains most of its original polish. This is undoubtedly one of the finest eaglehead swords of the Napoleonic era extant in the world.

Size: The sword out of the scabbard is 36 ¼ inches long, with the blade being 31 inches long and 1 3/8 inches wide. The sword in scabbard is 37 inches long.

Processing and shipping within the continental U.S. $55.00 plus 1.5% replacement cost insurance.

Starting Price: $2,500
Estimate: $5,000 - $10,000
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American Eaglehead Officer’s Saber Sword

A magnificent American Eaglehead officer’s saber similar in style to the British 1803 pattern officer’s saber, with a beautifully blued and gilt broad curved blade, and a magnificent gilded and engraved gilt brass scabbard. The gilded eaglehead pommel and backstrap are finely detailed. The bone grip is wrapped with triple strands of apparently silver wire. The blue and gold blade has a large American Eagle with a banner in its beak and “E Pluribus Unum” on it, over a banner with “Warranted” on it. The reverse of the blade has large panoplies of arms including a Liberty Cap. The magnificently gilded and engraved scabbard has a half sun and rays at the throat, with similar designs repeated by the middle mount. Towards the drag is an almost scaled design, over a large floral flourish. 

Condition: The sword is in superb condition. The gilding is about 95% intact on all the parts, and the blue and gold blade is in exceptional condition, retaining almost all of its original polish. The grip has minor age cracks, but is unaffected in its strength. The guard is slightly bent on the sideguard area, and the guard overall is slightly cruder than the rest of the sword. There is a dent in the scabbard about 6 inches above the tip.

Size: The sword out of the scabbard is 35 inches long overall, with the blade being 30 ½ inches long, and 1 3/8 inches wide at the ricasso. The sword in the scabbard is 36 ½ inches long.

Processing and shipping within the continental U.S. $55.00 plus 1.5% replacement cost insurance.

Starting Price: $1,250
Estimate: $2,500 - $5,000
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American Eaglehead Pommel Saber Sword with Upswept Guard

This sword is identical in hilt and scabbard to the previous sword, although the blade and grip are different. It features a “D” guard that sweeps upward after it leaves the pommel, forming a point that is nearly level with the top of the pommel. The guard then sweeps down to form the crossguard, which also terminates in a dragon’s head quillon. The langets are also of triangular form with crossed fasces and torch. The grip of this sword is of ribbed bone. The gilt brass scabbard is similarly engraved, with a slightly smaller American eagle with a Union shield on its breast. The blade is also different, having panels of acid etched bright steel along the blue and gold section of the blade. Decoration includes what appears to be a young eagle in its nest with a Union shield having 11 stars in the field. The rest of the extensive decoration is in the form of florals and vines.

Condition: The condition of the sword is overall excellent, but the fire gilt is dulled with gilt remaining in the lines of the engraving and various deep spots on the pommel. The grip is very good, with two lengthwise cracks on either side, not affecting the soundness of the grip. The blade is also very good, with the blue and gold retaining most of its color and brightness, with a couple of minor spots on the bright panels. The bright area of the blade down to the point is stained, with the remains of old rust, and a few tiny spots of pits.

Size: The sword is 37 ½ inches long overall in the scabbard. The sword out of the scabbard is 36 inches long overall, and the blade is 30 ¼ inches long.

Processing and shipping within the continental U.S. $55.00 plus 1.5% replacement cost insurance.

Starting Price: $1,250
Estimate: $2,500 - $5,000
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American Eaglehead Sword

This is an extremely interesting eaglehead sword with a motif of a fighting eagle repeated on large rosettes on the guard, as well as on the langets, where they are perched atop globes, suggesting a possible Marine Corps connection. The gilt brass “D” guard has a large oval rosette, featuring the fighting eagle on both sides. The quillon is a round rosette with a flower on each side. The langets are of particular interest, with fighting eagle atop globes, in front of leaves, an arrow quiver, tympani, and possibly a serpent. The grip is finely carved bone, with a fan pattern at the base, and bands of leaves. The gilt brass scabbard us extremely well and handsomely engraved, with bands of “w’s” alongside panels of oak leaves. The decoration is on the front of the scabbard only. The fine pipe-backed blade is beautifully blue and gold, with bright acid etched panels and trophies of arms, one with a Liberty Cap. There are also vines, and florals on both the blue and bright sections. The very slightly curved blade terminates in a double edge. There is a museum registration number on the back of the blade at the ricasso.

Condition: Excellent, with a sparkling near-mint blade, and the hilt and the scabbard retaining almost 100% of their original gilt finish. The bone grip has cracks down either side. The blade has the very slightest rubbing along the pipe back. The blue is intense, the gold equally so, and the bright of the blade retains a mirror-like finish. There are two tiny dents in the reverse of the scabbard.

Size: 35 ¾ inches long overall in the scabbard. The sword is 35 inches long out of the scabbard, with the slightly curved blade being 30 ¾ inches.

Processing and shipping within the continental U.S. $55.00 plus 1.5% replacement cost insurance.

Starting Price: $1,250
Estimate: $2,500 - $5,000
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Naval Officer’s Eaglehead Non Regulation Sword circa 1850

A very fine example of Peterson’s 139, a handsome non-regulation pipe-backed blade officer’s saber, inspired by the British 1822 officer’s sword, and probably imported by Horstmann of Philadephia. The guard features a beautifully sculpted eagle whose feathers extend the length of the backstrap. The semi-basket guard has “gothic” arches,, with a spread winged eagle perched atop a fouled anchor flanked by laurel leaves. There was a folding reverse guard, but that is missing. The rayskin grip is of very large pebbled skin, with a fine triple wire wrapping. The scabbard is rayskin with handsome engraved brass mounts at the throat and the drag, the throat being engraved with a circle of 13 stars, and the throat is engraved with oak leaves and acorns. There was a frog button, but that is missing. The curved pipe backed blade has a well-developed double edged point that is broader then the rest of the blade. The center of the blade has United States Navy etched in cursive script under a fine American eagle with a ribbon in its beak engraved “LIBERTY.” There is also a stand of American flags with a Liberty Cap atop the central pole. The reverse of the blade has a fouled anchor and another American eagle with the ribbon with “LIBERTY on it, as well as floral swags and a trophy of arms. 

Condition: Overall the sword is very good. It is missing the frog button and the reverse guard. The hilt is otherwise excellent, with a very fine grip. The blade is very good, but there is a patch of heavy rust and some pits right at the point. The scabbard is very good. It may originally have had a middle mount, but there is no sign of it on the rayskin of the scabbard. The sword protrudes about ½ inch from the scabbard.

Size: The sword out of the scabbard is 36 inches long, with the blade being 30 inches long. The sword in scabbard is overall 38 inches long. 

Processing and shipping within the continental U.S. $55.00 plus 1.5% replacement cost insurance.

Starting Price: $1,250
Estimate: $2,500 - $5,000
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South Carolina 1840 Saber and Scabbard

A very nice 1840 cavalry saber with scabbard that appears to have “Columbia S.C.” stamped on the ricasso. There are three small marks that interfere with the marking, so it is not possible to read the entire stamping clearly, but the “S.C.” is quite clear, as are most of the other letters. The marks do appear to be correct, and are both upper and lower case letters as can be seen on all originals. The saber is a fine example of the 1840 type. It is entirely comparable to an Ames 1840 in most particulars. The front of the guard is a little bit thinner than the rest of the guard. There appears to be a Roman numeral “I” struck on the pommel. The grip retains all of its leather and wire. The blade is well made and balanced, and period sharpened, retaining an exceptionally sharp blade. There is a double “V” scratched into the blade that I suspect was corporal’s chevrons. They are deep and obviously done some time ago. The scabbard has been painted black, and is in very good condition, with a few minor dents. Dimensi The blade is 36 inches long. The sword overall out of its scabbard is 42 inches long. The sword overall in its scabbard is 43.25 inches long. Processing and shipping within the continental U.S. $55.00 plus 1.5% replacement cost insurance. 

 

 

Starting Price: $1,250
Estimate: $2,500 - $5,000
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Courtney and Tennant Cutlass

An extremely fine “Courtney & Tennent Charleston S.C.” cutlass made in England by Robert Mole, and so stamped on the edge of the ricasso. The cutlass has a brass hilt with pressed leather grips. The blade is double edged, wasp waisted with a single fuller down the center of the blade. One of the surprising things about this cutlass is how well-balanced it is. There is no scabbard. This appears to be an absolutely original example of this rare sword. Dimensions: 24.5 inches long overall, with the blade being 19.5 inches long and 1.75 inches wide. Processing and shipping within the continental U.S. $55.00 plus 1.5% replacement cost insurance. 

 

Starting Price: $1,250
Estimate: $2,500 - $5,000
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Pillow Pommel Officer’s sword with later Presentation Grade blade

A very handsome sword comprised of a British or American gilt brass pillow pommel hilt with a reeded bone grip, and a later, Civil War era superb German made straight, single edged presentation grade blade by Eickhorn of Solingen with blue and gold decoration including Hercules fighting the Nimean Lion on one side, and a classical Greek warrior on the other, as well as four large panoplies of arms and “Ironproof” in gold letters. The Eickhorn squirrel is stamped in an oval on the ricasso, which is etched “Eickhorn W & Sohn, Solingen.” The blade has a wide single fuller from the ricasso to about 8 inches from the point, where it develops into two fullers that run to the point. No scabbard.

Condition: The hilt retains most of its original gilt finish. The bone grip has two lengthwise cracks in it on either side, but seems sturdy. The blade has a faint patina, and very minor staining on the bright of the blade, but remains exceptionally handsome and nice. There is one very tiny spot of rust on the sharpened back edge of the point. There is minor wear to the blue and gold of the blade, but the finish and the etching remain outstanding.

Size: The sword is 39 inches long overall, and the blade is 33 inches long.

Processing and shipping within the continental U.S. $55.00 plus 1.5% replacement cost insurance.

Starting Price: $500
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,500
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British 1796 Infantry officer’s sword

An exceptional condition 1796 Infantry Officer’s sword and scabbard, with pristine blue and gold decoration, including a Hanoverian crown, a large script “G,” a standing infantry officer in cocked hat with drawn sword, a bicorne hat, wearing a gorget, as well as a panoply of arms with a Tarleton helmet, and more. The grip appears to be silver wire wrapped, and the reverse guard is hinged. There is a red Morocco leather washer at the ricasso. The back of the straight, single edged blade has the engraved maker’s name, “Woolley & Deakin.” The blade retains a mirror-bright finish towards the point. 

Condition: Genuinely excellent condition overall, with the hilt retaining 90% of its original gilt finish. The blade is in superb condition, with the blue intact everywhere except the high spots along the back of the blade. Everywhere else the blue is rich and unmarred, and the bottom half of the blade generally retains its mirror bright finish.

Size: the sword is 38 ½ inches long overall, with the blade being 32 inches long.

Processing and shipping within the continental U.S. $55.00 plus 1.5% replacement cost insurance.

Starting Price: $500
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,500
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British Saber Sword, similar to the 1796 Light Cavalry Saber, by Osborn and Gunby

A magnificent presentation grade light cavalry of light infantry style saber with scabbard, superb gilt brass mounts, including lion face quillons, a pierced reverse P guard, and an almost pistol grip pommel somewhat similar to the 1788 style, with a fine bone grip with gilt wire in the grooves. The sharply curved blade is beautifully decorated with a large Hanoverian coat of arms and crown, and on the other side a large figure of Britannia, armed with a trident and a shield with the cross of St. George, and a large thistle. Etched on the ricasso is “Osborn & Gunby Sword Cutlers to His Majesty, Warranted.”  The reverse “P” guard is finely pierced with laurel leaf designs. 

Condition: Very good to excellent, with the hilt retaining almost all of its fire gilt. The blue and gold decoration on the blade is largely intact, with very minor spotting along the edge. The bright section of the blade has traces of old rust along the edge and back of the blade, but retains most of its bright original polish. The grip has two good sized cracks. 

Size: 34 inches long overall, with the blade being 29 inches long. The blade is 1 ½ inches wide at the guard.

Processing and shipping within the continental U.S. $55.00 plus 1.5% replacement cost insurance.

Starting Price: $500
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,500
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Superb American or British D-Guard Saber Sword

A beautiful saber of the style of the British 1796 light cavalry saber, but mounted in brass, with ornate decoration on the hilt and scabbard, and a fine, brightly etched blade. The hilt is ornately cast, with acanthus leaves decorating the bird’s head pommel and reverse “P” guard. The langets bear classical masks. The grip is finely checkered bone, and there is a gilt brass ferrule at the base of the grip, decorated with oak leaves. The blade is in the bright, with fine etching, featuring panoplies of arms, vines and florals that run to within 4 inches of the point. There is no maker’s name visible. The brass scabbard is beautifully engraved, with large panoplies of arms, and panels of florals, with a large floral flourish at the drag. The sword was almost certainly made in England, but with no maker’s name, it could well have been exported to the United States.

Condition: The hilt, grip, and scabbard are all in extremely good condition, retaining most of its original gilt finish. The blade shows wear and use, including period sharpening. There is minor staining along the blade, and the point shows signs of old minor pitting.

Size: The sword out of the scabbard is 32 inches long, and the blade is 28 inches long. In the scabbard the sword is 33 ½ inches long overall.

Processing and shipping within the continental U.S. $55.00 plus 1.5% replacement cost insurance.

Starting Price: $500
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,500
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American Officer’s Saber by Richard Upson

A very large and quite striking American Cavalry Officer’s Saber with a very long and broad as well as strongly curved blade, mounted with a hilt of striking and unusual design. The sword is similar in style to a British 1796 light cavalry saber, but is larger and heavier. The brass mounts of the hilt are quite heavy, but unusually shaped, with large langets, and a disc with a lion’s mask in the middle of the “D” guard. The bone grip is simply carved with diagonal grooves spaced along the grip. The heavy, curved blade is blued and gilt on its upper half, with a standing figure of Liberty on one side, and a large American Eagle on the other, with a Union shield on its breast, and a ribbon in its beak with “E Pluribus Unum.” There are 13 stars below the Eagle, and below that is a ribbon with “Richard Upson and Co.” There is no scabbard.

Note: Upson was a known New York importer of swords in the early Federal period.

Condition: The sword has seen some use, and the blue and gold on the blade is somewhat faded, but still largely visible. All of the engraving is visible, and retains its gilding. The hilt is excellent, and retains most of its gilding, and the grip is excellent. The blade has about 14 small nicks along the edge, but none very large. The point is very broad. The hilt is very slightly loose.

Size: The sword is 37 inches long overall, with the blade being 33 inches long and 1 ¾ inches wide at the ricasso.

Processing and shipping within the continental U.S. $55.00 plus 1.5% replacement cost insurance.

Starting Price: $500
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,500
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Eaglehead Sword for Mounted Officer

A beautiful highly ornamented eaglehead sword for a mounted officer, with reverse “P” guard with 3-dimensional gilt branches and floral decoration leading to an open mouthed eaglehead pommel with integral faceted backstrap, circa 1820. The quillon is an eagle’s head, and there are large langets that echo the floral designs on the guard. The grip is carved bone with diagonal fluting in the center, above an ornate ferrule. The blade has alternating panels of fire blue and gold, and also windows of acid etched bright steel. The blade is probably French made, with typical military trophies, one of which has a spear with a liberty cap at the top. The curved blade has a broad central fuller. The brass scabbard is beautifully engraved, with a large American eagle with Union shield between the upper bands. There are also broad bands of floral engraving at top, middle, and at the drag. The reverse is plain.

Condition: The sword is in overall extremely good condition. The blade retains most of its bright blue and gold, although it is slightly worn along the edge. The bright of the blade has some dark staining, especially along the edge, and a small flaw in the steel, also along the edge, but is mostly bright. The guard and pommel are excellent. The bone grip has one long crack along the reverse. The scabbard retains about 75% of its original gilding. There is a small dent about three inches from the bottom of the drag.

Size: The sword is 37 ¼ inches long overall in the scabbard. The sword out of the scabbard is 36 ½ inches long, with the blade being 31 inches long.

Processing and shipping within the continental U.S. $55.00 plus 1.5% replacement cost insurance.

Starting Price: $500
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,500
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Mounted Artillery or Cavalry Officer’s Saber Sword

A exceptionally nice saber for a mounted officer of either Artillery of Cavalry, circa 1810, with a beautifully detailed gilt brass hilt with “D” guard and birds head pommel, and a very handsomely spiral carved bone grip. The pommel and guard have cast leaves on them, and the langets have similar patterned detail. The blue and gold blade is exceptionally fine, and in beautiful condition, with large urns and trophies of arms. There is a resting lion at the base of one of the urns, which suggests British manufacture. The gilt brass scabbard is beautifully engraved on its front, also with floral type designs.

Condition: Excellent condition overall. There are 2 small cracks in the bone grip. The hilt is excellent retaining almost all of its original gilt finish. The blade is outstanding, with bright, rich blue, and bright gold in its engraving. The bright portion of the blade has some minor staining, and the point is very slightly bent. The scabbard is excellent, with 85% of the original gilt remaining. There is a dent on the drag. There is a small old repair on the scabbard between the upper mounts that shows up as an area of brass on the gilt of the scabbard. The sword is slightly loose.

Size: The sword is 34 ½ inches long overall in the scabbard. The sword itself is 33 ½ inches long, and the blade is 27 inches long.

Processing and shipping within the continental U.S. $55.00 plus 1.5% replacement cost insurance.

Starting Price: $500
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,500
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Mounted Artillery or Cavalry Officer’s Saber Sword

A particularly handsome saber for a mounted officer of Cavalry or Artillery circa 1810. The bird head pommel has almost 3-dimensional acanthus leaves cast on it, but the reverse “P” guard is plain. The langets are larger than usually seen, each one being a spread-winged eagle with a resemblance to a phoenix, standing upright, with a wreath of laurel leaved surrounding the lower half. The fine bone grip is spiral carved, with a band of leaves at the top. The curved blade is brilliantly blue and gold, with florals and military trophy with a Liberty Cap on one side, and a large spread-winged American eagle with Union shield on its breast on the other side. There are 16 stars on the shield, and the eagle has a ribbon in its beak with “E Pluribus” on it. There is no scabbard.

Condition: Condition is generally excellent overall, with the hilt retaining about 50% of its original gilding. The grip is excellent other than a small chip below the pommel. The blade is excellent, with the blue retaining almost all of its original luster, and the gold is quite bright, and more delicately applied than many swords, with the finely engraved detail showing very clearly. There is some minor staining on the bright of the blade towards the point, and some light rubbing of the blue along the edge.

Size: The sword is 35 ½ inches long overall, with the blade being 31 inches long.

Processing and shipping within the continental U.S. $55.00 plus 1.5% replacement cost insurance.

Starting Price: $500
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,500
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American Eagleheaded Officer’s Spadroon Sword Saber

An exceptionally fine US Foot Artillery or Naval Officer’s gilt brass Spadroon, with beautifully decorated and engraved brass mounts, and a beautifully acid etched double edged blade. The sword is somewhat similar to Peterson’s 103, although without langets. The “D” guard has foliage fanning out from the guard, and the eagle is open-beaked, appearing to be screaming. The quillon is an eagle’s talon clutching a ball. The gilt brass scabbard is handsomely engraved, with an American eagle between the top mounts, and engraved designs at top, middle, and drag. The fine bone grip is carved with diagonal lines, and bands. The long, straight double etched blade has handsome acid etching, with florals and trophies of arms, one of which includes a Union shield, and two of which have Liberty Caps. Condition: Excellent condition overall. The hit and scabbard retain most of their fire-gilt finish. The grip is excellent, with two cracks by the pommel. The blade is in overall excellent condition, with minor rubbing to the frosted finish. There are very minor rust spots in the etching, but they are barely visible.

Size: The sword is 35 ¼ inches long overall. The sword out of its scabbard is 35 inches long, with the blade being 30 ½ inches long.

Processing and shipping within the continental U.S. $55.00 plus 1.5% replacement cost insurance.

Starting Price: $500
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,500
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