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"Victory Crowns The Brave" 2nd Pennsylvania Artillery Presentation Sword
Item #: A7061
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This is a beautiful sword! This wonderful piece was made by the Newark, New Jersey firm owned by Henry Sauerbier. It has their maker's marking etched into the full-length 31 inch blade. The blade has a wonderful tone with the frosty etching still remaining over the majority of the metal. The front side has the floral and patriotic designs and the back side has the "US" lettering in the center. The brass handguard and pommel cap have a pleasing golden tone all over. The hand guard has the droop wing style Union eagle int he center with the flags on the side. The pommel cap has the applied pewter oval with the "UNION" banner. Ont he top of the cap it has the inset pewter medallion.The grip is a gorgeous solid silver material with the double twist brass wire over the top. The very high quality leather scabbard accompanies the sword. The scabbard has the very intricately detailed gilded brass mounts and drag. The stitching on the scabbard is nice and tight and the sword still fits perfectly. In addition to this sword being a piece of art, we also know who carried it. The top mount has the jeweler quality engraved inscription that reads "Presented to Lieut. D. Lewry by Battery D. 2nd Art. Pa.". The middle mount proudly reads "Victory Crowns the Brave". The records show that Lewry was a Watchmaker from Philadelphia that enlisted as a sergeant at 23 years old. He was promoted to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant on July 7th 1862. During the fierce siege of Petersburg, Virginia he was taken prison by the Confederates on July 1st 1864. He was confined as a Prisoner of War at Macon, Georgia and Columbia, South Carolina and was discharged on April 28th 1865. He never recovered from his imprisonment and died on August 29th 1877 at the age of 39. A large group of his service records will accompany the sword at no extra charge. This is an amazing sword with a solid history!

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