TIFFANY MARKED PRESENTATION SWORD OF COLONEL NEWTON B. LORD OF THE 35TH NEW YORK VOLUNTEERS
This sword has it all!
It is a very high grade presentation sword by the premiere retailer of the Civil War era, superb condition and we know who the soldier that carried it and he has a vibrantly colorful history. What else could you ask for?
The sword itself is the exact sword that is used to illustrate three pages in John Thillmann's fantastic Civil War sword book. On page 442 through 444 it has the full description of the sword as well as a full page picture of the man who carried the sword. The sword is truly a work of art by anyone's standards. It is the very high grade staff & field officer's sword referred to by collectors as the "Tiffany Armorial Hilt Sword".
The sword was assembled by the famous Tiffany Company and is so marked on the back of the scabbard in the ribbon device.
The blade is the gorgeous Damascus pattern steel with the gold washed panels to make the detail stand out and it does so well. The front of the blade has the floral and fan designs at the base and then the large panoply of arms. In the center it has the battle scene with cannons firing as well as soldiers on horseback. Towards the end it has the floral designs again. On the spine of the blade it has the floral pattern as well as the "IRON PROOF" marking to denote that the Damascus steel of the blade was high enough quality as to cut through iron.
On the back of the blade it has the "W. CLAUBERG SOLIGEN" stamping as well as their knight design. They would have been the company that made the blade and sent it to America for Tiffany to assemble and sell. They made superb quality pieces such as this for the high end retailers of the day. The base of the blade has the stand of arms with floral work and then the Union eagle with stars. Below the eagle is the "E PLURIBUS UNUM" ribbon. This leads into another section of gold gilded floral designs and then a highly stylized script "US" lettering and then another floral decoration.
The hand guard of the sword is another thing of beauty. It has the large open mouthed tiger's head quillion. The basket of the guard has the intertwined "US" applied disk as well as the likeness of a small flag, sword and end of a cannon barrel.
The knuckle bow of the sword is made in the design of a twisted rope that joins at the top in the pommel. The pommel is fantastic on this sword and is where the pattern gets its name. The pommel cap itself is made like a Roman suit of armor and it has the separately applied Roman helmet at the very top.
The handle of the sword is made of silver with 14 turns of silver wire going around the grip. Int he book it notes that the wire has 32 twists per inch and that is the most of any sword grip they encountered.
The sword is accompanied by the original sword that is every bit as ornate as the rest of the sword. At the top of the scabbard it has the famous Tiffany banner on the reverse. It also has their characteristic laurel leaf bands on the mounts. On the drag side of the middle mount it has the image of the Roman armor and additional flags and an axe. Below that it has the allegorical design of a winged trumpet which represents the trumpets which blew down the walls of Jericho. At the base of the scabbard it has the large 6 inch inch size "boot" drag still nicely intact.
Between the mounts it has the open panel with the draped flags flanking each side. In the panel it proudly reads: "Presented to Col. Newton B. Lord by the Officers of the 35 Regt. N.Y.V. Falls Church Va Dec. 25th 1861"
As for Colonel Newton P. Lord, he was quite a colorful character. He was 29 when he enlisted in the 35th and was promoted to the rank of Colonel on August 14th 1861 and was given this sword as a Christmas present from his men. He resigned after being accused of several charges on February 9th 1863.
He led the 35th regiment at numerous engagements including South Mountain, Antietam and Fredericksburg. he evidently got bored while not in combat as he was reported to have been intoxicated according to the reports on numerous occasions. One of these occasions he is reported to have rode into a hotel bar and demanded that the bartender give not only him but his horse a drink of Brandy. When he refused Lord took out his pistol and fired. The Colonel rode back out onto the street and fired some more and then rode back into the bar and through it into the street and fired and swung his sword doing "...the cavalry exercise on horseback, cutting and slashing with his saber until quite exhausted." He was called up on these charges but because of his fighting history with the regiment he was allowed to resign. Seven months later he had recruited a new regiment around Sackett's Harbor, New York that was the 20th New York Cavalry also known as McClellan's Cavalry. On September 30th 1863 he was mustered into the 20th officially as their colonel. With this regiment he served until March of 1865throughout the Carolinas and saw several engagements during that time.
The regimental flag that the they carried was a presentation piece as well and made by Tiffany. In the center of the flag it has Lord's name sewn onto it above the New York State Seal.
The sword is accompanied by an original CDV Image of Colonel Lord while he was in the 20th Cavalry. It shows him in his Custer style coat with his gauntlets on and his cavalry saber by his side(not this sword." When we look online we found that the great website CivilWarData.com has an earlier image of Him and he has THIS sword by his side. It shows that that photo is used by courtesy of the Massachusetts Commandery of MOLLUS. A Xerox of that image will accompany it as well.
You get this gorgeous sword in wonderful condition and quality as well as the original CDV image of Colonel Lord and the vast archive of history on he and his sword for $25,000.00