U.S. Navy M1852 Presentation Sword Presented To James Hunter By Crew

28" semi-curved blade with 18.5" stopped median fuller and a narrow 17" fuller along the spine. 6" cast brass hilt with pierced guard and USN in a ribbon, sea serpent motif forward swept quillon and knuckle bow. Grooved wooden grip with shagreen covering and 13 wraps of twisted wire. Etched blade with patriotic, nautical and floral motifs. Ricasso marked PDL. Center of blade etched on the reverse: Presented to / James Hunter by his / (bottom line illegible). Accompanied by the brass mounted leather scabbard. A search of Civil War records on the Historical Data Website could not find any US Naval Officer that served during the American Civil War with that name. However, a search of the US Naval Officer records available via Fold3.com found one US Naval Officer named James Hunter, who was made a "mate" on March 5, 1862, promoted to "acting ensign" December 1, 1863 and was honorably discharged in November 1865. Further research could prove fruitful, particularly if the bottom line of the presentation could be deciphered, as it might reveal the crew of the vessel that presented the sword.


Good. Blade dark with etching only partially visible and only two of the three lines of the presentation is legible. Brass with a medium golden tone, wrap very good, wire intact. Scabbard good with flaking and loss to the finish, middle mount crimped.

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
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