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HIGH GRADE PRESENTATION SWORD, WIA

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HIGH GRADE PRESENTATION SWORD, WIA

 

PRICE   $  7,500.00

DESCRIPTION

A high grade Clauberg presentation staff & field officer's sword. Presentation on reverse of upper mount reads "Presented to / Capt. N. Bags / by the non commissioned Officers and privates / of Bat. D 2nd Art Pa." Guard and pommel are highly figured and hand chased gilded brass. Grip is silvered bronze in the form of Lady Liberty on obverse and scroll design on reverse, "E. PLURIBUS UNUM" is engraved below Lady Liberty at forward part of grip. Etched blade is marked "IRON PROOF" on spine at guard. The etching is made up of patriotic and floral motifs with center panel "US" on reverse and American Eagle on obverse. Japanned iron scabbard has elaborately decorated mounts and drag to include Lady Liberty, soldier with flag and American military motifs.

 

Captain Nathan Baggs was commissioned into the 112th PA Vols, later becoming the 2nd PA Heavy Art, as 1st Lt. on Jan. 7, 1862. Promoted to Capt. on Aug. 23, 1863.  Capt. Baggs was wounded in the arm at Burton's Farm near Richmond in 1864 and was mustered out at the expiration of his term of service in January of 1865.

2nd PA Heavy Artillery

  Ten companies were mustered in on January 8, 1862, and ordered to Washington, D.C. They spent the next two years constructing and garrisoning various fortifications around the city, including Fort Stevens.  The regiment was assigned to the Army of the Potomac on May 27, 1864 as part of the XVIII Corps. It arrived at Cold Harbor on June 4 but did not participate in the battle. Too large to operate as a single unit, it was divided into three four-company battalions. The 2nd saw its first battle on July 15, when the XVIII Corps made some of the first assaults in the Siege of Petersburg.  The regiment fought in several battles and skirmishes for the next several months, losing 465 men at the Battle of Chaffin's Farm alone.  After the Confederate surrender at Appomattox Court House, the companies were scattered around southeastern Virginia to maintain order. The 2nd was finally mustered out on January 29, 1866, at City Point, Virginia, and was discharged at Philadelphia on February 16.

 

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CONDITION

    A very high condition sword and scabbard.  The finely hand chased guard retains most of the gilt with wear to high points. The silvered grip has minor loss of silver at high points. Blade etching is prominent with much of the frosting remaining, balance is smooth bright finish. Scabbard jappanning has faded slightly with scattered spots of surface pinpricks.

Overall this is a high grade, well made sword in very fine condition.

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