Civil War era U.S. Model 1850 Staff and Field Officer's sword and scabbard by Horstmann & Sons, Captain John McCleery brass guard pierced with floral scrolls and "US" motif, brass wire-wrapped ribbed ray skin grip, slightly curved single edged blade with single wide fuller and single narrow fuller, etched patriotic motifs on both sides with "U.S." on left, "PLURIBUS UNUM" and an American eagle on right, marked: "HORSTMANN/ & SONS/ PHILADELPHIA" on ricasso, "Iron Proof" on spine; iron scabbard with molded brass ring mountings and drag.
blade L33" overall L39"
Provenance: Charleston, South Carolina private collection.
Other Notes: John McCleery was born in Milton,PA on April 8,1837. His parents were William McCleery and Margaret Pollock. Prior to the Civil War he attended and graduated from Princeton University. At the onset of the war he joined the 5th PA Reserves and was made Captain of "H" company. His immediate superior was Col.Senaca Simmons. This unit, which was part of a reserve brigade headed by Gen.McCall, participated in Gen.McClellan's peninsula campaign of 1862.
Severely wounded in the leg during the battle of White Oak Swamp (Glendale) on June 30,1862, he was taken prisoner by the Confederates and later released in a prisoner swap.
After the war he returned to Milton and married Mary Helen Marr, started a law practice, rose in rank to LTC in the reserves and was active in the G.A.R. Despite his war wound he lived until April 8,1907.
Good. Etched blade with some spotting. Brass guard has even patina. Shagreen covered grip has losses with brass wire intact. Steel scabbard with dent on both sides between ring hangers. J. MCLEERY lightly etched on face of brass ring hanger.