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.