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.