Stolen Civil War sword, which belonged to Col. Rush C. Hawkins, surfaces after 30 years
Colonel Rush C. Hawkins led his Union troops to victory over Confederate forces time and time again. His reward after his retirement from battle in 1863: a Tiffany-made silver presentation sword. In the 1970s, the sword disappeared from the Brown University's Hawkins collection - and was not heard from until in 2010. At the present time, courts are trying to resolve the ownership of the sword.
Civil War sword finds way back to Oakland Museum
A Civil War sword - that may have been sold, stolen or traded away from Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum - is back at the Oakland museum. A collector bought the ornate sword, presented to Captain Augustus Plummer Davis in 1862, at a local antique market. Realizing what he had, David Aeberli sold the sword to the museum for the amount he paid. The sword, dated July 4, 1862, was made by the N.P. Ames Co., which began making swords for foot artillery soldiers in 1832. After the Civil War, Davis set up the Sons of Union Veterans (SUV), a national organization for the eldest sons of Civil War veterans.
Texas Civil War museum acquires General Grant`s presentation sword
The Texas Civil War Museum is the largest Civil War museum west of the Mississippi River. Its latest acquisition should put it in the top class of all Civil War museums. On June 24, 2007, the museum bought the Ulysses S. Grant presentation sword at auction. This is the sword the people of Kentucky made to be presented to Grant upon his promotion to General-in-Chief of the Armies of the United States' in 1864. The Kentucky patriots raised the money to buy this unique sword crafted by St. Louis silversmith and jeweler Henry Folsom. The St. Louis Dispatch depicted the sword as "the most beautiful and costly sword yet manufactured in this country."
Texas Civil War Museum exhibits general Ulysses S. Grant's sword
General Ulysses S. Grant's presentation sword will go on exhibit Jan. 27, 2009 at the Texas Civil War Museum, which is celebrating its 3rd anniversary by adding another significant item to its collection. The sword found its new home at the Texas Civil War Museum after an auction in 2007. Museum curator Ray Richey explained: "Its value is more than just Civil War history." Grant became the 18th president and kept only a handful of swords in his estate. Museum director of communication and education Cynthia Harriman said, "The sword represents the finest in American silver craftsmanship and attention to detail."
Thrown away Civil War-era sword a real find
Trash can be treasure. That's what Edward Regan was betting on when he pulled something out of the rubbish. "I am sending you photos of a short sword I acquired from discarded trash. It's 24 1/2 inches long end-to-end. Inscriptions on the blade say Robert Mole & Sons, Makers, Birmingham. I saw it on the top of a pile more than 50 years ago," he explained to Robert DuMouchelle of DuMouchelle Art Galleries in Detroit at an appraisal. "This is a good find. Robert Mole made British artillery swords and later supplied swords to the Confederacy," confirmed DuMouchelle. The fact that the sword has its original leather scabbard makes it more valuable.
Fort Gordon's garrison commander has an impressive sword collection (Article no longer available from the original source)
Colonel John Holwick's interest with swords began at an early age. His great-grandfather John Maxfield kept a Civil War sword under his bed. "When I was a kid, we'd play with it," said Col. Holwick, Fort Gordon's garrison commander, who has about 200 swords and daggers in his collection. Many of the Eagle Heads in his collection have come from his father's collection: he prefers to collect American-made swords. He has swords from the Revolutionary War era through WWII, including Samurai swords. One of the finest swords is a ceremonial bone-handled sword presented to Captain Cowles, who served with Union forces.
Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's sword draws $1.6 Million at Civil War auction (Article no longer available from the original source)
A gold and silver, diamond-adorned sword once owned by General Ulysses S. Grant brought a winning bid of more than $1.6 million in an auction of Civil War items. The sword given to Grant by citizens of Kentucky in 1864 to honor his promotion to General-in-Chief of all Union forces was one of the star items among the 750 to be auctioned by Heritage Auction Galleries of Dallas. Another showcase item was Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer's frayed battle flag, which went for $896,250. Another item of note was a "Bonnie Blue" flag carried by the 3rd Texas State Cavalry - $47,800.
After 5 years of negotiating, collector obtains valuable sword (Article no longer available from the original source)
The German-made blade, with ruby gemstones and an Indian statue on the hilt, is lined with ornate designs. "It's probably the best one I ever owned," said Civil War memorabilia collector Ted Vicks. The sword belonged to General Simeon Brown, a Civil War veteran of the Sixth and Eleventh Michigan cavalries. The sword, valued at $20,000, would have cost about $1,500 to buy in the 1860s. To get the sword, it took Vicks five years of persistence.
Civil War Swords - Companies that manufactured military swords
While firearms had been invented, the military sword was the weapon of choice when fighting was close and personal during the American Civil War. These blades were capable of inflicting mortal damage, and in the hands of a skilled swordsman, were more lethal than inaccurate rifles. The Ames Company produced military swords 1832–1906. By the end of the Civil War, they had made over 200,000 swords. During his 6 year run (1861–1867) Swordmaker Christopher Roby created a line of cavalry sabers, musician swords, Non Commissioned Officer military swords and light artillery sabers. When the Civil War ended, the company went bankrupt.