35.5" slightly curved, single-edged semi-quill backed spear-point blade with pronounced, rounded spine. Obverse ricasso etched FITCH & / WALDO / NEW YORK. Blade etched with martial and foliate themes on both sides. 5.5"gilt brass hilt with decorative three-branch guard with foliate themed additions to the conventional branches. Vertically grooved grip with sheet silver wrap. Gold sword knot attached to knuckle bow. Browned metal scabbard with engraved gilt brass mounts with two suspension rings and an applied German Silver shield-shaped plaque between the mounts that reads: Presented to Lieut. Edward Lake by the members of Co. F, 1st New York "Lincoln" Cav'y.
Edward Lake was 19 years old when he enlisted in the 1st New York Cavalry in Syracuse on July 23, 1861. He re-enlisted on January 1, 1864 and on that same day was promoted to 1st Sergeant. On February 23, 1865, Sergeant Lake was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant and transferred from Company F to Company K. He was mustered out in Alexandria, VA on June 27, 1865. Although initially assigned to the defenses in and around Washington, the 1st NY Cavalry was soon in the field and participated in some 230 engagements ranging from skirmishes to some of the most storied battles of the war. The regiment operated under some of the most historic of the Union cavalry commanders, including Stoneman, Pleasonton, Sheridan, Kilpatrick and Crook. Highlights of their service included Slaughter's Station, the Peninsular Campaign of 1862, Antietam, operations in support of the Gettysburg Campaign, and the Appomattox Campaign. The regiment spent most of their time during 1863 and 1864 operating in and around the Shenandoah Valley, with repeated appearances in the Winchester area, as well as in and around Upperville, operating in the corridor that is now US 50 between Winchester and Washington D.C. The sword was apparently presented to Lake by the men of Company F upon his promotion to lieutenant and transfer to Company K as a sign of the respect and admiration they had for their first sergeant.
Good. Blade worn and cleaned with little of the etching remaining. Blade with some scattered surface oxidation and light to moderate pitting present over much of the surfaces. Hilt with traces of gilt, grip with dings in the silver covering. Sword knot good, scabbard with an oxidized brown patina, some surface roughness and scattered dents. Mounts with traces of gilt and an uncleaned patina. Presentation plaque with some edge damage and wear.
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