A lot of two inscribed U.S. Model 1860 staff & field officer's swords
Comprising: 1) Deluxe example retailed by John J. Continet of Washington, D.C. 26 inch blade with 18 inch panel etched with conventional motifs and presentation inscription Presented to Captain F.H. Kramer/By the Officers/Of the First Regiment/Of Minute Men, Washington, D.C./July, 1913. Gilt brass hilt with folding counterguard; wire-wrapped bronze grip; nickeled scabbard etched with the same inscription, the deluxe mounts pierced with scrollwork interspersed with C-scrolls, Federal eagle, banners and laurel. 2) Example with unmarked 30 inch blade having 15 inch etched panel; gilt brass hilt of generally standard pattern, the folding counterguard of unusual form; shagreen and triple wire-wrapped grip; nickeled scabbard inscribed George Cooper Lees/Captain of St. Martin's Brigade/1898-1900 and on the reverse Semper Fidelis.
Condition: 1) Blade with minor spotting; hilt with worn gilt finish and missing button for counterguard and cap of pommel; scabbard with dark patina and some areas of darkened pitting. 2) Blade with minor darkening to blade; hilt retains much gilt finish; scabbard finish frosted and with small areas of flaking.