Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 334: Diedrich Niemeyer Gilt Presentation Sword with Scabbard

Auction Date: September 10, 2021

Exceptional Gilt Presentation Sword with Scabbard Inscribed to Captain Diedrich Niemeyer by the New York Schuetzen Corps in 1912

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,500 - $2,500

Exceptional Gilt Presentation Sword with Scabbard Inscribed to Captain Diedrich Niemeyer by the New York Schuetzen Corps in 1912

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Description:

The 32 inch straight blade is decorated with gilded etching that includes a motif based on the Great Seal of the United States on one side, intertwined "US" on the other side, and "FRANCE" and an unclear maker's mark on one ricasso. The gilt brass hilt has eagle, lion, and floral motifs, pearl grip with gilt wire wrap, and gilt sword knot. The nickel scabbard has brass fittings. The folding languet is inscribed "PRESENTED TO/Capt Diedrich Niemeyer/New York City Schuetzen Corps/JANUARY 9TH 1912." An obituary in The Herald Statesman from 1963 indicates he was a German born restaurateur who ran Niemeyer's Restaurant on Central Park Avenue and a Mason. Before the U.S. became involved in World War I, Schuetzen clubs were major parts of German-American culture, and many still remain active today.

Rating Definition:

Exceptionally fine overall with mostly bright blade with minor oxidation in the background etching, minor dents on the scabbard, and minor age and handling related wear. Pearl grip is excellent.



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