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UCK-0014-FK US Civil War Presentation Sword, CASED, to 1st Lt. Henry Calvert, 11th NY Cavalry

This item is listed for historical interest only. It is not for sale.
Item #24372

This is a beautifully custom made case for this presentation sword.  The plaque in the presentation case reads: "This English Sabre was worn by Henry M. Calvert in the Eleventh NY Volunteer Cavalry (Scotts 900) during the war for the Union, 1861-1865.  The silk sword knot was a lady's token.'  The sword sash is now missing.

The case measures approximately 44 inches, by 11 inches, by 5 inches. and weighs approximately 23 pounds.  The blue felt used to line the case shows wear spots and light age fading.  Under the scabbard throat, the felt has torn away, but this is completely hidden by the scabbard.  The display case appears to be period made, I will assume late 1800s.  There is no key for the center lock, but the two clasps are spring loaded and work with the push of a button.  The hinges are in good working order.  The glass appears to be period as well, with significant 'age waves' visible when the case is open.  At some point, wall hanging mounts were added to the back of the display case which are not period.

The sword is a British Pattern 1845 sword that has been engraved on the blade with the following inscription: 'Henry Murray Calvert, 11th N.Y. Vol. Cavalry, (Scotts 900), 1862-1865.'

The sword is in Exceptional condition for its age.  The wire wrap is tight and clean with light to moderate wear to the fish skin wrap.  The pommel shows light age patina and discoloration, as does the hand guard.  There is no damage present.  The ricasso is unmarked and there is no apparent damage to the blade.  The scabbard shows typical age and wear from use.  Light dings and scratches and dents overall, but nothing dramatic.  Both the blade and scabbard have been maintained in good condition, and are as expected, and without serious issues of damage or corrosion.

Accompanying the sword and scabbard is a reunion pennant from the Scots 900's First Reunion held at Peekskill NY on October 12, 1893.  With this pennant is the original paper envelope from the maker, 'The Whitehead & Hoag Co.' of Newark NJ.  

Calvert was also a member of The Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS #14521)

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