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Preserving the History of Antique American Swords
Presentation Sword of Captain David Johnston Craigie

Wounded at the Battle of Shiloh and left on the field overnight as a Confederate prisoner.  

Rescued the following day by friends.

Brevet for Gallant and Meritorious Service at the Battles of Shiloh and Iuka

Retired as a Brigadier General

Lieutenant Clement See

Wounded in action at the Battle of St. Mary's Church. (Click on the picture  for details).

Presentation Grade Ames Foot Officer's Sword

This is the highest grade Ames sword issued to Foot Officers.

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High Grade Mounted Officer's Saber

Superb high grade early American Saber.

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Presentation Grade Foot Officer's Sword

High Grade Horstmann & Sons of Philadelphia - Silver Gripped Foot Officer's Sword.

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The Presentation

Presentation swords are swords that were usually presented to officers out of respect and recognition of service or deed.  Many were presented from donations taken up by soldiers of the rank and file serving under them (in gratitude for not getting them killed) or family, relatives, and friends.  Rare presentation swords would include those presented by high office or Congress.  Amongst the presentation swords highly prized  by collectors are those constructed from high grade materials and those exhibiting superior craftsmanship and attention to detail. 


One can generally expect swords presented to officers wounded or killed on the battlefield to command a premium, especially those swords presented to officers executing critical roles in battles, those bestowed with the medal of honor or engraved with battle honors and of other historical significance.  Any of these additional attributes related to the sword will increase the dollar amount one might expect to pay.  A word of caution is warranted regarding fakes and "homemade" provenance.  As presentation swords tend to draw higher prices, it is inevitable that the market becomes attractive to those seeking to defraud unwitting buyers.  It is relatively easy to have inscriptions added to swords.  Due diligence should be practiced prior to purchasing the sword, not afterwards (I speak from experience).  For a $30.00 fee, records of soldiers may be ordered online from the National Archives Records Administration (NARA).

"The power of noble deeds is to be preserved and passed on to others"

      - Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain

Presentation Grade Emerson & Silver, Trenton, New York

Non-Regulation Staff & Field Officer's Sword

High Grade Gold-Washed Blade

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Lieutenant A. M. Clarke

Sometimes we find a sword to which we cannot pinpoint the recipient through the inscription.  This is such a sword.  I have narrowed it down though to two possibilities.  (Click on the picture  for details).

American Presentation ​Swords

Presentation Grade Assembled By Etienne Le'on, Paris - Klingenthal Blade

Non-Regulation Staff & Field Officer's Sword

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Lieutenant B.F. Waite

Present at the Siege of Port Hudson

Lieut. Waite is buried in Lynn Haven Cemetery, Florida, Block 15, Lot 9.

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Major J.J. CArle

High grade Eagle Head Presentation sword to Major J.J. Carle dated 1823.  This incredible sword is featured in the color photo section of the American Eagle Pommel Sword by  E. Andrew Mowbray.(Click on picture for details)

Presentation Grade Horstmann & Sons Staff & Field Officer's Sword

Gold-Washed Blade, seldom seen George Washington bust scabbard mount.

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Lieutenant thomas C. burnes

Mortally wounded by a bullet at the Battle of Hatcher's Run on October 27, 1864, Lieut. Burnes died from his wound on October 28, 1864.

1897 - Lt. Burnes' name was placed on the West Point Battle Memorial.

1904 - Battery Burnes was commissioned at Fort Totten, New York in honor of him.  The battery was decommissioned in 1945. 

Lieutenant Burnes is buried in Section C, Plot 101, Loudon Park Cemetery, Baltimore.  

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