PAINTED ESCUTCHEON AND MODEL 1850 FOOT OFFICER’S SWORD ID’D TO MAJOR WILLIAM LAMBERT OF THE 15TH PENNSYLVANIA CAVALRY & THE 27TH & 33rd NEW JERSEY

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At top center is a large, full color, spread winged eagle sitting on a reddish brown fascine at the center of a sunburst and gold stars. Due to paint loss some of the stars are missing. The eagle’s head is turned to the right and in his beak he holds a blue ribbon with a gold border and gold lettering that reads “E PLURIBUS UNUM.” In his right claw he holds a laurel wreath while in his left he holds arrows. On his chest is a patriotic shield that reads “UNION.”

Below the eagle is a shield or escutcheon divided into 4 quadrants by a red cross. At the center of the cross is the seal of the State of New Jersey done in full color. The seal is flanked on one side with “ARMY OF THE POTOMAC” and on the other with “ARMY OF THE CUMBERLAND.” All lettering is done in gold with appropriate decoration. Within the body of the red cross is the war record of Major Lambert done in delicate gold lettering. Each of the four quadrants formed by the cross have different insignia relating to his service.

The upper left quadrant has “15TH PENN CAV. 27TH N.J. VOLS.” along the edge. The center of the quadrant has a silver “U.S.” within a gold laurel wreath and below it is a 1st Lieutenant shoulder strap with a black rank field for a staff officer.

The upper right quadrant has “33RD N.J. VOLUNTEER INFANTRY” along the upper border. In the center of this quadrant are three shoulder straps, one for a Captain of Infantry, one for a Captain on staff and one for a Major.

The lower left quadrant has a gold cavalry crossed saber insignia with the number “15” above it and a gold infantry hunting horn insignia with the regimental number “27” and “33” at center.

The lower right quadrant has a red and gold 1st Division 9th Corps badge and below it a white 2nd Division 11th Corps half-moon and a white 2nd Division 12th and 20th Corps five-pointed star.

Across the bottom in a scroll is “BVT. MAJOR WM. H. LAMBERT” in gold lettering on a blue field. Painted between the rank and name is a Model 1851 officer’s belt plate. Also, painted as if hanging from the bottom of the scroll is an “ARMY OF THE POTOMAC SOCIETY” badge, a “SOCIETY OF THE ARMY OF THE CUMBERLAND” badge, a “GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC” badge and a “MILITARY ORDER OF THE LOYAL LEGION” badge.

All the decorations in the quadrants are bright and colorful being painted by hand.

The red cross dividing the quadrants has gold lettering that gives the history of Major Lambert. It reads “PRIVATE CO. D, 15TH PENN CAV. / 160TH PENN VOLS / MUSTERED IN AUG. 22,1862 / BATTLE OF ANTIETAM / SET. 17, 1862 / PROMOTED TO ADJUTANT / 27TH NEW JERSEY VOLS / MUSTERED NOV. 22ND 1862 / ASSIGNED TO 2ND BRIGADE / 1ST DIVISION 9TH CORPS / ARMY OF THE POTOMAC / BATTLE OF FREDERICKSBURG / DEC. 13TH & 14TH 1862 / TRANSFERRED TO THE / DEPARTMENT OF THE OHIO / MARCH 19TH 1863 / CAMPAIGN IN / KENTUCKY AND TENN. / MUSTERED OUT JULY 2, 63. / ADJUTANT 33RD N.J. VOLS MUSTERED JULY 25TH 1863 / CAPTAIN, CO A. DEC. 20TH 63 /ASSIGNED TO 1ST BRIG. 2D DIVISION, 11TH CORPS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC / AFTERWARDS TO THE 2D BRIG. 2D DIVISION 20TH CORPS ARMY OF THE CUMBERLAND / SERVICE / BATTLES OF CHATTANOOGA, TENN. NOV. 23D TO 27TH 1863 / MISSION RIDGE NOVEMBER 24TH & 25TH / ROCKY FACE RIDGE MAY5TH TO 9TH / MAY 6TH APPOINTED ADC / STAFF OF GEN. J. W. GEARY / COMMANDING 2D DIV. 20TH CORPS / MILL CREEK GAP MAY 8TH / BATTLE OF RESACA, GA. / MAY 13TH TO 15TH / NEW HOPE CHURCH / MAY 25TH TO JUNE 1ST / PINE KNOB, JUNE 15-16 / CULP’S FARM, JUNE 22 / KENESAW MT. JUNE 27 / A.A.I.G. STAFF OF GEN. J. W. GEARY / AUG 3D 1864 / SIEGE OF ATLANTA / JULY 22D TO SEPT. 2D / SHERMAN’S MARCH TO THE SEA / SIEGE OF SAVANNAH / DEC. 11TH TO 21ST / A.A.I.G. STAFF OF O. B. WILCOX / COMDG. DEPT. OF WASHINGTON / JUNE 3D 1865 / MUSTERED OUT JULY 27 / 1865.”

The escutcheon is mounted in the original wooden frame and meas. approx. 29.50 x 34.75 inches. The frame is in nice shape with just a small amount of scattered edge wear from age. The painted surface of the escutcheon itself has some light scattered paint loss but nothing that materially effects the beauty of the item. Most of the minor paint loss is along the edges away from the art.

Also in the group is Major Lambert’s Model 1850 Foot Officer’s sword and the leather scabbard.

The drawn sword meas. approx. 36.00 inches long from point to pommel. The blade itself meas. approx. 30.25 inches. It has a stopped wide fuller that is approx. 21.25 inches long with no narrow fuller. The blade surface has a semi-bright appearance with scattered mottling and light pitting mostly located in the last third of the blades surface near the point. The edge has numerous nicks of varying size and gives a rough appearance. There are no markings on the ricasso and the etching is barely visible. A scrollwork decorative pattern is all that can be made out. There is a complete washer at the base of the ricasso.

The detailed brass hilt features a cast brass guard and knucklebow with a delicately cast single-band with cutout oak leaf scrolls and acanthus leaves. Knucklebow and guard wiggle are tight. Grip features a center-swelled wooden handle wrapped in brown leather. Leather is tightly bound with twisted brass wire. Grips are original and show only light wear. Brass pommel is decorated with ornate scrollwork of laurel leaves and features a tiered domed cap.

The original black leather scabbard has all plain brass furniture but is broken and missing approx. 5.50 inches of the bottom including the drag. Leather surface is heavily worn with a small amount of surface finish loss. Both rings are present as is part of one of the drops.

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Insured UPS East of the Mississippi: Escutcheon - $40.00; Sword - $45.00
Insured UPS West of the Mississippi: Escutcheon - $60.00; Sword - $60.00

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