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Captain Henry Metzler

Presented January 2, 1860 
Highest Grade Ames Foot Officer's Sword

This sword is undoubtedly the finest M1850 Ames Foot Officer's sword that remains in this condition today. 

The Presentation

“PRESENTED TO / LIEUT COLONEL WILLIAM HENRY, JR. / BY THE OFFICER’S OF THE FIRST REGIMENT NEW JERSEY / VOLUNTEERS, AS A PROOF OF AFFECTION AND A TRIBUTE TO / FIDELITY, GALLANTRY AND PATRIOTISM MOST NOBLY / ILLUSTRATED IN THE CAMPAIGNS OF THE / ARMY OF THE POTOMAC”.


The German Silver Scabbard is engraved with BATTLE HONORS:   “BULL RUN”, “WEST POINT”, “GAINES MILLS”, “CHARLES CITY-ROADS”, “MALVERN HILL”, “MANASSAS PLAINS”, “CRAMPTON’S PASS”, “ANTIETAM”, “FREDERICKSBURG 1ST & 2ND BATTLES”, “SALEM CHURCH”.


The opposite side of scabbard is engraved “COMMISSIONED ADJUTANT, 1ST N.J.V. / MAY 31 1861; MAJOR, AUGUST 12 1862; LIEU’T COL. NOVEMBER 29 1862”.

Additional Resources:


Civil War in the East


Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 03 February 2019), memorial page for William Henry, Jr (15 Dec 1830–10 Mar 1889), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19520, citing Belvidere Cemetery, Belvidere, Warren County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .

Undoubtedly made by the same cutler, these sabres have the traits of Le Page of Paris as is evidenced in THE AMERICAN EAGLE-POMMEL SWORD: THE EARLY YEARS -- 1794-1830 by Mowbray, E. Andrew.  The blades have the same blued and etched designs, but have slightly different nuances as would be expected when done by hand.  Both swords have the motto "Honor and my Country", although with slightly different calligraphy. Both blades and scabbards are heavily patriotic with eagles, Indian headdress, flags, and panoply of arms.  Note the twisted snake knucklebow.


The Sword

The sheet silver grip is beautifully engraved with the state seal of New Jersey on one side and monogramed "WHJr" on the other side. The Damascus steel blade is the highest grade that Horstmann offered, with gold etched patriotic panels. Guard displays drooped wing American eagle as central panel with a serpent shaped additional branch of guard terminating above eagles head into a serpent’s head. The German silver scabbard has relief mounts with 1-1/2″ engraved silver insets in each mount, patriotic American eagle surrounded by a sea of stars, Lady Liberty and Justice. Hilt and scabbard mounts are all heavily gilded and raised relief.            

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Lt. Colonel William Henry, Jr.

First New Jersey Infantry
Service in brigade: June 1861 – June 3, 1864
153 killed or died of wounds and 99 died of disease or accidents

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