MODEL 1850 STAFF AND FIELD OFFICER’S SWORD IDENTIFIED TO CAPTAIN SETH DANIELS, 105TH ILLINOIS INFANTRY

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Item Code: 870-392

Manufactured: Newark, NJ

Maker: Sauerbier, Henry

Year: Civil War

Model: Model 1850 Staff & Field Officer

Size: 31.5 inch blade

Staff officer's sword that was literally stuck in its original protective buff leather sleeve with stenciled full ID : “Capt. S. F. Daniels / Co. F. 105 Regt. / Ills. Vol's.” Stitched into the reverse of the sleeve is, “Capt S. F. D.” Motto blade has a swooping eagle over “UNION”, foliage, geometric and a great stand of arms with the union shield. The reverse has a “U.S.” and a large flowing American Flag. The half basket gilt guard is highly chased. Knuckle bow screws into pommel which has 13 stars surrounding inset stone and an additional stone set in the back of the pommel. Scabbard is iron with large openwork leaf mounts.

Seth Franklin Daniels was born in 1824 in Batavia, Genesee County, NY, moving to DuPage County, IL in 1834. He became a lawyer by profession; served as Township Supervisor from Downer’s Grove, IL in 1856.  He became a County Judge in 1860, but resigned to join the Union Army. He enlisted on 9/2/62 as a Captain, and on that date was commissioned into Co. F, 105th Illinois Infantry. Daniels was one of the detail of commissioned officers which escorted the body of Lincoln from Columbus of Chicago. He mustered out on 6/7/65 at Washington, DC.

At the close of the war, Daniels returned to Illinois and again served as County Judge until 1868. He moved his family to Oakland, CA c1870, and set up a law practice there. He also served a term as Police Judge there. He was a prominent member of the GAR, having held the office of Judge Advocate; he also belonged to University Lodge No. 144, I.O.O.F.  Daniels died on 3/13/1899, and his obituary from the San Francisco Call newspaper deemed him a “universally esteemed citizen” and noted that he was a “man of sterling character and beloved by all who knew him”.  He was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland on 3/16/1899.

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