31.25" single-edged spear point blade with 28" median fuller and 23" long narrow fuller along spine. 5.25" cast brass hilt with open-work foliate guard. Grooved wood grip with shagreen covering and 12 wraps of twisted brass wire. Gold sword knot attached to guard. Brass mounted leather scabbard with two suspension ring, upper mount engraved on the obverse: Lieut. J.R. Shoemaker / Company F / 34th Regiment / N.Y.S.V. / 1861.
Joseph R. Shoemaker enlisted in the 34th New York State Volunteer Infantry on May 1, 1861 in Herkimer, NY. He resigned on July 26, 1862. While the 34th NY was heavily engaged at Antietam and Chancellorsville, Lt. Shoemaker was not present for any of those event, having resigned in July of 1862.
Good. Blade a dull pewter gray color, hilt with a dark, untouched patina. Grip with some wear. Scabbard good with crazing, some finish loss and some creases between the middle mount and the drag. Upper and middle mounts loose, drag heavily crimped. Engraving clear.
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