PRESENTATION SWORD AND POST-WAR PAINTING OF CAPTAIN JOHN U. KREIDLER, 108TH OHIO INFANTRY

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The sword is a non-regulation imported 1850 pattern officer's French manufactured sword. It is 36 ¾ inches overall with a slightly curved 31 3/8-inch blade with a double fuller. The blade appears to have had some etching that has been buffed off. It has no markings. The brass hilt has an eagle perched on a shield on the guard and the pommel and the pommel cap are decorated with mother of pearl. The scabbard has two highly decorated ring mounts and a drag. All have the design that makes it look like it is wrapped by a white ribbon with a black boarder. The leather on the front is tooled with decorative designs that runs the entire length of the scabbard. Engraved on the back of the top mount is PRESENTED / -TO- / CAPT. JOHN U. KREIDLER / BY / HIS FRIENDS / 9 / LOYAL / FELLOW CITIZENS. The sword is very tight in the scabbard and will not go in the last two inches.

The painting, done in oil, is 14 inches by 20 inches and mounted in an early decorative wood frame. Kreidler is sitting in a chair and wearing his Knights of Templar uniform. He is holding a sword, which has the same design on the scabbard as the one offered. Interestingly enough, in the painting the sword appears to be out of the scabbard about 2 inches.

With the sword and painting is a small 2 inch by 2 ½ inch brass frame with the Cuban flag on top and a gem size photo of Kreidler in his Knight's uniform inside, probably from the Spanish American War era.

John U. Kreidler was 31 years old when he enlisted as a Captain on August 11th, 1862. On February 2nd, 1863 he mustered into "E" Company of the 108th Ohio Infantry. Kreidler resigned on February 10th, 1863.

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