1747. U.S. 1860 1st. Light Infantry Veterans Association Sword by Ames belonging to Pvt. William H. Silloway 2nd. R.I. Infantry

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1860 Staff & Field pattern sword with a 29" double edge blade and 34 5/8" overall length. The blade is etched with scroll and "William H. Silloway in sunburst on the obverse side and "F.L.I.V.A. Providence R.I." on the reverse side of the blade with "AMES / SWORD / Co. / Chicopee / Mass" at the rear of the blade just forward of the ricasso. The bright finish is mellowing to silver with scattered fine staining along with some light freckling, pinprick pitting and a rounded tip. The hilt consists of a brass knucklebow with stand of arms center and plain oval quillon, single counterguard with Federal Eagle on panoply of flags, foliate pommel with eagle and shield and a shagreen covered grip wrapped with braided brass wire. The brass surfaces have an even balance of original gold wash and goldenrod patina, the covering and wrapping remain tight and intact. The tubular steel scabbard retains about 98% original nickel with scattered fine pinprick flaking and staining and the brass mounts have a nice bright ocher patina with good traces of gold wash in the protected areas. Private William Silloway mustered in to Co. C of the 2nd. Rhode Island Infantry July 5, 1861 where he proudly served and was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps. Dec. 15, 1863 and later was discharged due to heart disease, he passed away July 28, 1901. Included with the sword is a folder containing musters, surgeon certificates, marriage certificate and other correspondence. Overall a nice looking issued Veterans Association sword. (58674-14) (400/600) SOLD FOR $201.25

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