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1850 Officer Sword Presented to New York National Guard Lieut. 1869
- Price: $1,295.00
- Maker: Ames
- Model: Sword
- Description: This sword measures 34 5/8" overall with a 29" slightly curved, single-edged blade having wide and narrow fullers and 2/3 length etched panels. The steel is not maker nor retailer marked and has a mostly bright original polish that exhibits dark brown freckling and mild pitting for about 5 1/2" at the tip on either side with clear patriotic designs along the forte (eagle and flags on the obverse, large "US" on the reverse). The brass hilt has a mixed yellow-ochre and ruddy brown patina, darkest on the counterguard, and has some traces of the original gilt finish remaining on protected areas. The shagreen grip is lightly worn and has a few strands of the original braided wire wrap remaining at the pommel, and the slightly short leather scabbard has a lightly flaked surface, heaviest along the reverse, and numerous small scuffs and minor blemishes throughout. The Ames-marked brass throat is period engraved, "Presented to/Lieut E.V. Burk/by his/Comrades of G Company/71st Regt. N.G.S.N.Y./July 4th/1869", and has a mixed reddish-brown and yellow patina which is also present on the middle band and on the slightly dented tip chape. The 71st Regiment, N.Y. National Guard was founded in 1850 as the "American Guard" and served in the Civil War, both in combat as well as suppressing the New York City draft riots. Following the war the regiment reverted to state service and was used on several occasions to quell subsequent riots and labor disputes until service in the Spanish-American War. This is a good-near very good 1850 Foot overall.