An historic Civil War officer's uniform grouping of Captain Robert Hale Ives Goddard

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Lot 5192
An historic Civil War officer's uniform grouping of Captain Robert Hale Ives Goddard
aide-de-camp to General Ambrose Burnside

Sold for US$ 22,230 inc. premium

Antique Arms & Armour

11 Jun 2012, 10:00 PDT

San Francisco

An historic Civil War officer's uniform grouping of Captain Robert Hale Ives Goddard
aide-de-camp to General Ambrose Burnside
Comprising: 1) Captain Goddard's chasseur pattern forage cap, dark blue wool laced in black silk in a five band pattern, the crown with Hungarian knots; gilt chinstrap; gilt eagle buttons back marked S.H. & G/New York; front with embroidered silver and gold thread Pattern 1858 General Staff insignia; black patent leather brim with sewn rim; black leather sweatband; quilted, polished cotton lining gilt-stamped with worn maker's label St. Nicholas Hotel/No. 519 B'Way/New York/Warnocks & Co. 2) Nine button frock coat of dark blue wool lined in dark green polished cotton; gilt brass buttons back marked Thomas Dale & Co./New York; no label. 3) Nine button vest, dark blue wool backed in polished cotton; gilt eagle buttons also back marked for Thomas Dale; white cloth lining with faint stamping, apparently a Cincinnati, Ohio laundry mark, with inked inscription Capt. Goddard. 4) Pair of dark blue wool officer's trousers, the sides with narrow stripe of gilt tape lace; white cotton lining with the same marking and inked inscription as #3. 5) Model 1860 staff officer's sword by Emerson & Silver; 30 1/2 inch blade of diamond section, ricasso with keystone mark; brass hilt of standard pattern, the folding guard with punched decoration, the knucklebow of spliced construction; dark horn grip wrapped in brass wire; iron scabbard, the brass mounts engraved with scrollwork and borders. With chamois leather cover. See pages 452-3 of Civil War Army Swords by John H. Thillmann for images and description of a very similar Model 1860 sword manufactured by Emerson & Silver and retailed by Tomes Son & Melvain. 6) Black leather swordbelt with brass Model 1851 waist belt plate. 7) Maroon silk officer's sash. 8) Pair of shoulder boards embroidered in gold thread with captain's rank insignia on a black velvet ground. 9) Pair of buff leather gauntlets, unmarked. 10) Pair of unmarked roweled military spurs with black leather straps. Together with photocopies of period photographs from the family collection showing Captain Goddard wearing this uniform and carrying this sword.
Condition: 1) Showing some wear, scuffing to sweatband. 2,3,4,7 in fine condition and showing minor wear and staining. 5) Bright blade with minor spotting, scabbard with mottled patina showing patches of spotting, folding guard locked up. 6) Leather showing some minor surface scuffing. 8) Showing some staining and wear, one with partial unraveling. 9) Showing some staining and wear.
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Footnotes

  • Provenance: By direct family descent from Captain, later Colonel, Robert Hale Ives Goddard.
    Note: Robert Hale Ives Goddard, 1837-1916, was a prominent Rhode Island banker, industrialist, Senator and philanthropist, as well as a soldier. He enlisted as a private in the 1st Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry, a three month regiment, in June of 1861. The regiment mustered out on August 2nd after participating in Battle of First Bull Run as part of Burnside's Brigade. The following year he was commissioned lieutenant and appointed as aide-de-camp to General Ambrose E. Burnside. He served in that capacity at the Battle of Fredericksburg and at Cumberland Gap, Blue Springs, Campbell Station and the siege of Knoxville during the Knoxville Campaign and at the Siege of Petersburg. He was promoted Captain in March of 1863, brevetted Major on August 1, 1864 for "gallant and meritorious services during the campaign in East Tennessee and at the Siege of Knoxville, Tennessee" and Lieutenant Colonel for "gallant and meritorious services at Fort Steedman and in the assault before Fort Sedgwick, Virginia". He was present at Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House. After the war he served as military aide, with the rank of colonel, to four Rhode Island governors.
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