A historic Civil War grouping of swords and medals belonging to Captain John Heatley Jeffrey
Lot 5087
A historic Civil War grouping of swords and medals belonging to Captain John Heatley Jeffrey
Sold for US$ 8,190 inc. premium

Lot Details
A historic Civil War grouping of swords and medals belonging to Captain John Heatley Jeffrey
12th and 56th Massachusetts regiments
Comprising: 1) Captain Jeffrey's U.S. Model 1850 foot officer's sword by W.M. Horstmann & Sons of Philadelphia: slightly curved 31 1/2 inch Iron Proof blade etched with florals, panoplies of arms, US, Federal eagle and E Pluribus Unum riband with maker mark W.M./Horstmann/& Sons/Philadelphia, brass guard, shagreen and copper wire-wrapped grip, shagreen-covered scabbard with brass mounts. 2) His Model 1850 staff & field officer's sword: slightly curved 31 1/4 inch Iron Proof blade etched with florals, Federal eagle and US; brass hilt of standard pattern with shagreen and copper wire-wrapped grip; iron scabbard, the brass mounts molded with foliage. 3) A small section of blue wool, probably from his uniform, now mounted under his brass captain's bar and affixed with faux embroidery regimental numerals, 12 and 56. 4) His gilt brass Massachusetts GAR veteran's medal and white silk ribbon. 5) His Loyal Legion medal with his Loyal Legion certificate dated 1910 and with his recommendation for admittance into the Legion detailing his service record. Also included is a 26 inch section of red, white and blue silk ribbon. 6) A silk stickpin in the form of the Stars & Stripes. 7) His Civil War Campaign Medal with two ribbon bars. 8) Two silver lapel buttons made from U.S. coins dated 1871. 9) A letter of provenance from his direct descendent.
Condition: Both sword blades showing scattered light pitting. 1) Grip and scabbard covering excellent, the brass with dark patina. 2) Grip wrap showing some wear, guard slightly bent, scabbard finish turned to dark brown patina. 3), 4) and 6) Fine. 5) Some damage to enamel.
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Footnotes

  • Note: Captain John Heatley Jeffrey, enlisted as a private with the 12th Massachusetts Volunteers in June of 1861; promoted to corporal, sergeant, 1st sergeant and then 2nd lieutenant; transferred to 56th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, September of 1863; 1st Lieutenant, October 1864; Captain, March 15, 1865; mustered out July 12, 1865. Served in the 12th Massachusetts under General Banks at the Battles of Cedar Mountain and Winchester, under General Pope at Second Bull Run, with the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 1st Army Corps at Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg; with the 56th Massachusetts, 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 9th Army Corps during the Wilderness Campaign and at the battles of Spottsylvania, North Anna, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Weldon R.R., Popular Spring Church, at the siege and capture of Petersburg and at Lee's surrender at Appomattox. After the war he served as a lighthouse keeper in Crescent City, California.
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