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Swords Used by the Officers
Edged Weapons
Fine Pennsylvania Presenatation Sword to An Allegheny Potter
Item #: A713
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This is a neat sword. It is an original Civil War foot officer's sword in scabbard. The cool thing about this sword is that we know who carried it and he has a cool history. This sword is known as the model 1850 foot officer's sword. It is the version that was carried by the lower ranking officers during the Civil War. This one is complete with a pleasing look. The blade is full-length and you can clearly see the original factory etching on each side. The front of the blade has the fancy letter "US" in the center of the blade. The back has the beautiful spread wing eagle with the banner that reads "E PLURIBUS UNUM". All of the brass parts of the sword have a gorgeous untouched patina all over. The original leather grip is intact on the handle of the sword. It has the entire double twist wire wrapping still firmly intact around the leather. The sword is accompanied by the original steel and brass scabbard. The scabbard has the original drag, mounts, rings and throat intact. The top mount has a wonderful jeweler quality inscription that reads " Presented to Josephus Hipsley "State Guards" by the Employees of A.N. Burchfield's Stone Ware Works". The brief information we have on Hipsley is that he enlisted on April 20th 1861 as a 1st Lieutenant in Co. A of the 5th Pennsylvania Infantry. He served for 90 days, mustering out on July 25th 1861. It says that Hipslety was born around 1816 which would put him at 45 years old when he enlisted. In the 1860 Allegheny Census it lists him as a Potter by trade. Adam Nelson Burchfield had a pottery in Allegheny which would be their connection. In 1891 Hipsley died in Burchfield's daughter's home. During the unit's service, they performed garrison duty around Washington, DC and Alexandria, Virginia. This is a beautiful sword with a nice solid presentation.

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