HIGH GRADE US M1850 STAFF & FIELD OFFICER'S SWORD PRESENTED TO LT. COON OF THE 12th NEW YORK

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Overall length: 39 1/4". Blade length: 32". The blade has a single wide fuller with a secondary fuller near the spine. Blade is etched over about 2/3 of its length with various foliate motifs and a large "US" on one side. The other side has similar foliate engraving with a lengthy presentation that reads "Presented to Lieut. C.S. Coon 12th Regt. N.Y.S. Vol. by his Friends of Clay, N.Y. Jany. 1862". The blade is also etched near the ricasso "WILLARD & HAWLEY Syracuse N.Y." The opposite ricasso is stamped "1862". Gilded brass semi-basket hilt with intricately pierced guard featuring a large "US". Plain knuckle bow with minor embellishments as it meets the pommel. The pommel has heavy foliate engraving & an eagle top similar to an M1852 Naval officer's sword. Black sharkskin grip with gilded brass wire wrap. Scabbard has a plum brown body with gilded brass mounts.

Blade shows substantial original factory polish with a slight bit of discoloration near the tip. The etching is vibrant & quite eye-catching. The hilt retains a majority of its original gilded finish. The grip shows light wear with no notable damage. Scabbard finish is nearly 100% and the mounts retain significant gold plating. A truly beautiful example of an M1850 staff & field.

Born in Clay, NY in 1837, Lt. Charles Coon was a schoolteacher when he enlisted in the 12th New York Infantry as a Corporal on April 30th of 1861.  He was promoted to 2nd Lt. on October 20th of that same year. The 12th New York fought in the Battle of Blackburn's Ford and the First Battle of Bull Run prior to Coon's discharge on February 3rd of 1862 at Fort Arlington.

After his discharge, Coon returned to Clay, NY, where he lived until 1868. He then moved to Rochester, NY where he lived until 1874. He then moved to Chicago. Coon made a living as a dramatic actor following the war; he never married.  He died on 12/18/1908 in Chicago.

Accompanied by a binder of information including military & pension records. [ph:L]

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