MODEL 1860 FIELD & STAFF OFFICERS SWORD WITH PRESENTATION DATED 1872

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This sword is in the Model 1860 Field and Staff Officer’s sword. It is identified to Lieutenant Theodore P. Wilson of Company K, 1st Massachusetts Militia.

The blade is double edged and diamond shaped in cross-section. Both edges are free of nicks and dents. Neither the obverse nor the reverse surfaces are etched.

The un-etched parts of the blade are semi-bright. The lower portion of the blade has a moderate to heavy pitted area that meas. approx. 4.50 inches in length. This is found on both sides of the blade. The ricasso is not etched therefore there is no maker’s mark. The leather washer is also missing from this area.

The hilt of the sword is in good condition. It shows almost light wear with a light patina to the brass surfaces. The round pommel cap is surmounted by a flower while the sides have a very crisp, sharp raised spread-winged eagle and a scrolled shield. The grip is sharkskin wrapped in twisted wire. All is in excellent shape. The grip has carved brass ferrules at top and bottom. The single knuckle bow begins at the base of the pommel cap and comes around to the base of the grip where it widens into two clamshell counterguards, one of which folds down, before ending in a circular quillon. The knuckle bow is decorated at top with a heavy scroll design as well as a hole for accepting a sword knot. The center of the bow is decorated with a raised floral design with geometric shapes extending from each side of the flower. The counterguard that folds down is plain. The opposite guard is heavily decorated with a raised patriotic motif of a spread-winged eagle over panoply of flags in a wreath of laurel leaves.

The metal scabbard is nickel plated and is complete with the brass throat, two ring mounts and drag. Each mount has a single ring and is decorated with an oak leaf design. The drag is plain. Approx. 80% of the nickel plate remains with scattered wear heavier near the throat and between the mounts on one side. Between the mounts on the side opposite the wear described above is an inscription that reads “PRESENTED TO LIEUT. THEO. P. WILSON, BY CO. K 1ST REGT FEB. 19, 1872.” There is some light plate loss in this area but the presentation is clearly readable.

The only information on Lt. Wilson comes from the register of the Massachusetts Adjutant General. He was born in Boston and from August of 1867 he was a member of Company K, 1st Massachusetts Militia serving as Private, Corporal and Sergeant before being commissioned a 1st Lieutenant on December 10, 1872. More research is needed to flesh out Lt. Wilson’s story.

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