95th Pennsylvania Infantry Presentation Staff & Field Officer's Sword

31.75" single-edged spear-point blade with 6" false edge and 22" stopped median fuller. 37.75" overall length with 6" gilt brass hilt with cast foliate guard with US in the face. Eagle head quillon with garnet eyes. Grip cast in the form of wire-wrapped grooved wood. No makers mark present but the Emerson and Silver keystone mark is present on the obverse ricasso, indicating that they provided the blade. Similar garnet-eyed eagle head hilts have been attributed to Clauberg, and the scabbard mounts are similar to those found on some Clauberg presentation swords as well. The sword was likely assembled by a retailer like Canfield Brothers & Co in Baltimore or more likely W.G. Mintzger of Philadelphia. Blade with there-quarter length etching depicting foliate scrolls panoplies of arms, martial themes, an American Eagle on the obverse and US on the reverse. Blued metal scabbard with scalloped-edged, engraved gilt brass mounts and a cast foliate presentation panel that reads: Presented to / Lieut. E. McEwen / by the Members of / Co. K 95th Regt. P.V. March 2, 1863. A gold sword knot is included as well as some nice display documents from the consignor.

Edwin McEwen enlisted in the 95th Pennsylvania Volunteers on September 13, 1861 as a 1st Sergeant and was mustered into Company F of the regiment on that same day. He was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant on July 16, 1862 and was transferred from Company F to Company K. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant on March 26, 1863. Lieutenant McEwen was wounded at Cold Harbor on June 2, 1864. Lt. McEwen mustered out of service on November 2, 1864.

The 95th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry was formed in Philadelphia during the summer and fall of 1861 and was initially known as "Gosline's Zouves" for their founding colonel and flashy uniforms during the early days of the war. Initially the regiment spent its time in camp in the defenses of Washington, but by the spring of 1862 were in the field in Virginia. The regiment took part in the Peninsular Campaign of 1862 including the Seven Days battles before Richmond in the summer of 1862 and spent the fall of 1862 participating in the Maryland Campaign, seeing action at South Mountain and Antietam. The regiment finished the year at Fredericksburg and started 1863 on Burnside's infamous "Mud March". The regiment participated in the Chancellorsville Campaign, the Gettysburg Campaign, the Bristoe Campaign and the Mine Run Campaign; all during 1863. The regimental monument at Gettysburg lists 1st Lieutenant McEwen of Company K on the memorial plaque. The regiment took part in Grant's Overland Campaign of 1864 including Brandy Station, The Wilderness, Spotsylvania Courthouse, Cold Harbor and on to the Siege of Petersburg. In July the regiment was detached from the Petersburg trenches to help protect Washington from Early's advance and spent the balance of the year fighting numerous actions in the Shenandoah Valley. In 1865, the regiment returned to Petersburg, completing that campaign, continuing to harass Lee's army through the Appomattox campaign and ended their service by marching in the Grand Review. During their service the regiment lost 11 officers and 171 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 1 officer and 72 enlisted men to disease.


Very good. Blade with a mostly dulled steel patina but with all of the etching remaining clear and fully visible. Hilt with traces of gilt and a thick, completely untouched patina. Scabbard with a similar dark untouched patina with thickly oxidized mounts showing only traces of gilt and a deep plum brown patina on the metal. Sword knot fair, with knot almost completely detached from the strap.

Estimate: $8,500 - $10,000

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