A fine gilt and silver-mounted Civil War presentation sword
Lot 4135
A fine gilt and silver-mounted Civil War presentation sword
Major A.O. Mitchell 44th O.V.I. by Comp. F of the Regt.
US$ 25,000 - 30,000
£15,000 - 18,000
Lot Details
A fine gilt and silver-mounted Civil War presentation sword
Major A.O. Mitchell 44th O.V.I. by Comp. F of the Regt.
With 32 inch, slightly curved blade, the lower 16 inches gold-washed, etched and engraved with panels of floral meander enclosing small panoplies of arms, one side with central panel of a Federal eagle and the other with U.S.. Ricasso marked Clauberg/Solingen, the spine Iron Proof. Gilt brass hilt comprising: eaglehead quillon; guard pierced with U.S. and oakleaf panels. Pommel molded with scrollwork and Federal eagle; the top with lobed rim set with 16 amethyst cabochons below a stepped cap set with a large oval amethyst. Spirally fluted silver grip retaining slight traces of gilt finish and wrapped in single strand of twisted and two strands of plain gilt wire. Complete with two scabbards: the first silver-plated with elaborate gilt mounts; the throat engraved with scrollwork and strapwork and applied with relief panel of a spread eagle within a laurel wreath below the inscription: Presented/to/Major A.O. Mitchell/44th O.V.I. by/Comp F./of the Regt; center mount en suite and featuring a panoply of arms; the drag with a soldier standing at arms with two flags behind: second scabbard blued, the gilt mounts en suite to the first, the throat also with inscription, the drag featuring laurels, a spread eagle and Federal shield.
Condition: Blade with light wear to gilt finish, the forward section with some minor pitting. Hilt re-gilded. Pommel with one small cabochon and the capstone replaced. The grip showing several minor dents. Both scabbards refinished.
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Footnotes

  • Note: Major Ackber O. Mitchell entered military service at the outbreak of the Civil War, mustered in on April, as Captain, Co. C, 2nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry for a three month enlistment. He mustered out on July 1, 1861. He re-enlisted October 14, 1861 as a Major, 44th Ohio Mounted Volunteers. Under his command, Mitchell's unit participated in various Kentucky cavalry actions, including those at Chapmansville, Lewisburg, Meadow Bluffs, Slate Creek, Hazel Green, Hickman's Bridge, Monticello and during December 1862, in operations against the famed Confederate guerrilla John Hunt Morgan. On April 19th, 1863, Mitchell was promoted to Lt. Colonel. This promotion was disallowed and he was dropped from the rolls. The presentation of this elaborate sword to Mitchell reflected the level of respect held for him by the men of his original company. It appears from existing reports that at some time during his service, Mitchell contracted typhoid fever and suffered bouts of illness, rendering him unfit for command and requiring periodic leaves of absence from active service. Documents show this fact undoubtedly influenced the government decision to disallow his promotion and lead to his subsequent resignation. After the war, Mitchell was re-instated to the rank of Lt. Colonel. He married Lucinda Streeter on October 25, 1864. The couple had four children: Olive, born August 14, 1867; Frederick, born March 24, 1870; Ellanora, born September 18, 1872; and Cora, born October 13, 1874. Lt. Col. Mitchell died in 1904.
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