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Five Ball Hilt American Eaglehead Saber Sword

A handsome 5-ball hilt American Mounted Officer’s eaglehead saber, with a curved side guard, also with 5 balls. There are possible traces of silver plate on the underside of the guard, so this may have belonged to a mounted infantry officer. The grips are simple reeded bone. The blade is long and curved, with bright blue and gold decoration, including three trophies of arms with Liberty Caps, and a very interesting rectilinear American Eagle with Union shield on its breast, the shield having 14 stars, and the eagle holding a ribbon in its beak that reads, “E Pluribus Unum.” The bright portion of the blade has a note taped to it that appears to be in Mr. Buxtun’s handwriting saying, “Carried in Dorr War by Darius T. Johnson.” There is no scabbard.

Condition: The sword is in very good condition overall, although any gilt or plating on the hilt is no longer visible. The reeded bone grip is excellent, with no cracks or chips. The blue and gold blade is very good, retaining most of the bright gilt, and the majority of the blue, although the area closest to the hilt is rather faded. The bright section of the blade still has some bright areas, but there is a fair amount of staining on both sides. The point is missing less than 1/16th inch of its length.

Size: The entire sword is 40 inches long overall, and the blade is 34 inches long.

Processing and shipping within the continental U.S. $65.00 plus 1.5% replacement cost insurance.

Condition:

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Estimate: $250 - $500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$726
01/14/2021

 

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Witherell's strives to provide as much information and photographs as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Condition statements are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Witherell's. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms and Conditions. Methods of payment are cash, check, money orders, or wire transfer for foreign payments. Please note we do not accept credit cards. This auction has a buyer's premium of 21%.