HIGH-GRADE FOOT OFFICER’S PRESENTATION SWORD BY AMES WITH ADDITIONAL “FIELD” SCABBARD AND WOOD CASE

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Item Code: 172-2940

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This exceptionally beautiful set was presented to Philip William Stanhope. He was a veteran of the Federal army during the Civil War and Indian Wars. Born on Aquidneck Island in Newport, Rhode Island, he was the son of Captain John Ryder Stanhope. Philip Stanhope was married in Kenton, Kentucky (located just south of Cincinnati) in 1850. He enlisted in May of 1861 and served as a Captain with the 12th U.S. Infantry. His regiment saw their first action at the Battle of Mechanicsville in Virginia during the Peninsula Campaign. The Rebel Army crushed the Federals the following day at Gaines Hill on June 27, 1862. The 12th U.S. Infantry lost 212 men that day and listed as the most serious loss was the mortal wounding of Major Henry B. Clitz and that Stanhope was reported as missing in action. Stanhope was severely wounded but was able to later rejoin his regiment. While convalescing from his wounds, he became one of the army's mustering and disbursing officers and was responsible for mustering in Captain Barton's 8th Independent Ohio Sharpshooters in the spring of 1863 while stationed at Camp Dennison in Cincinnati, Ohio. He soon rejoined his unit in the field and served as the acting brigade commander on several occasions. He took command of the 12th U.S. on August 18, 1864. He was captured at some point and exchanged for Captain J.L. McAlease, C.S.A.  After the war, he continued to serve in the Regular Army and commanded posts during the Indian Wars including at Fort Gaston in 1869. He was mustered out of the service on January 2, 1871 and retired from the service as a Lieutenant Colonel. Stanhope died at his residence in Indianapolis in 1895 when he was 66 years old. He was a grandson of Benjamin Cornell, a Private in Richmond's Regiment of Rhode Island Militia during the Revolutionary War.

The sword is a presentation grade foot officer’s sword. Blade measures approximately 30 ½” long. Stopped fuller is approximately 20” long and small fuller is about 15” long. Frosted blade is decorated with floral and military imagery. Reverse side of the blade features frosted floral designs, a stand of arms / flags / cannon tubes, script “US”, and more florals down to the hilt. The obverse blade features florals, ribbon with “E PLURIBUS UNUM”, an eagle, more florals, with other military motifs.  Maker’s mark, “Ames Mfg Co / Chickopee / Mass” is clearly viewed on obverse ricasso. Bright blade with beautiful frosting and a good edge and point.  Felt washer remains. Hilt is gilded brass and heavily engraved with floral motifs. A quillon tops the guard. The knuckle bow is engraved its full length. The pommel cap is likewise covered with engraving. The grip is shark skin in perfect condition. The double twist of brass wire is complete and tight. The guard is bright and untarnished.

The presentation scabbard is brass with applied brass highlights and engraving. The drag and two ring mounts are separate parts attached and held in place by brass screws. The drag features applied laurels. The center ring mount also has beautiful applied ornaments and a single 1” brass ring. The upper ring mount at the throat, features two of the 1” brass rings, one on each side of the scabbard. The applied details on this mount include an eagle clutching arrows and a shield. Between the middle and upper mounts is the engraved presentation, “BRIG. GENL P.W. STANHOPE / FROM THE STAFF / CAMP WALLACE, KY  SEPT 19TH 1862 / SEMPER PARATUS”. (Semper Paratus is Latin for “always ready”.)  Between the middle ring mount and the drag the scabbard is elaborately engraved with florals. Amid the foliage is a patriotic shield, a drum, and a cannon, with an American flag projecting out the top on a flag pole.  Just below the throat on the reverse side of the scabbard is a small engraved rectangle. Within this rectangle is hand etched “Made by / Ames Mfg. Co. / Chicopee Mass”. The overall condition of this presentation scabbard is extremely good. The finish is bright with minor wear to the gilt surface in scattered locations; the most evident being over the presentation itself.

The additional “field” scabbard is a blued steel scabbard with brass mounts. The body of the scabbard is blued steel which has turned to beautiful plum brown. The drag, ring mounts, and throat are brass. The bands holding the rings are themselves engraved with a floral pattern on one side. The upper ring mount is stamped “AMES MFG. CO. / CHICOPEE / MASS”. The condition of this scabbard is excellent.

Finally, there is a presentation case for the sword and the two scabbards. The wood case is nicely crafted of ½” stock and measures 6” x 39 ½” x 4”. The lid is attached by three brass hinges and there is a brass key lock (with no key). The case is lined in blue velvet and the sword and scabbards are fitted to the interior. This case itself is very attractive and beautifully houses the weapon.

This is absolutely an exceptional presentation piece. The question that is raised is when was Philip Stanhope ever a Brigadier General? Was this a militia title? A local title while he was convalescing and raising troops in Ohio and Kentucky? (Camp Wallace, Kentucky was located near Fort Bishop at Louisa, Ky.) According to records, he was breveted to Major and Lt. Colonel during the war. We may never know, but this is indeed an original, beautiful, and extremely high-grade presentation sword. A centerpiece for any collection.  [jet]

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