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Sword from Civil War ?

Discussion in 'Sword Discussion' started by Psyop, Apr 30, 2012.

  1. Psyop

    Psyop

    Oct 17, 2011
    Hi this sword was given to me by my father. He bought it in Virginia 40 something years ago. I have admired it my whole life. So he just gave it to me as a birthday gift. I wanted to share it and try to find out as much info as possible. I also want to know what if anything to do to it. The leather is pretty dry and I didnt know if I should put mineral oil or anything on the blade. Thanks and please ask if you need other pics or info.

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    There are a few repairs my dad said it was purchased that way.
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    This reads E Pluribis Unum
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  2. unit

    unit

    Nov 22, 2009
    I wish I could tell you something more than, that is a really cool piece and I am sure it is worth a lot to you considering the family history.


    Thanks for sharing, I wish I could tell you something intelligent...
     
  3. pullrich

    pullrich

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    May 4, 2010
    Don't put any oil on it, don't try to clean it or anything like that. That would reduce its value and someone's ability to appraise it properly. I'd find someone to appraise it.
     
  4. CWL

    CWL

    Sep 15, 2002
    Actually you are supposed to oil it. Just don't try to clean it or polish it. Just wipe it down with an oily rag and nothing more.

    It is a real sword (not wall hanger) but I don't know from what era. The fact that it has been damaged and been repaired will take most of the collector's value, though.
     
  5. Pueo154

    Pueo154

    491
    Aug 24, 2006
    It looks like the US Model 1850 Foot Officer's Sword.
     
  6. Psyop

    Psyop

    Oct 17, 2011
    Thanks that was what I was thinking. From what I can tell most of those had iron scabbards. This one is leather. Where would I look for a makers mark and how do I tell if it was made in the US or not. I did notice a mark on the spine that says IRON PROOF.
     
  7. Pueo154

    Pueo154

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    Aug 24, 2006

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