Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1153: Sauerbeir Foot Officer's Sword with Scabbard

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Civil War Era Henry Sauerbier Foot Officer's Sword with Scabbard

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,600 - $2,500

Civil War Era Henry Sauerbier Foot Officer's Sword with Scabbard

Manufacturer: None
Model: None
Type: Other
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Item Interest: Average
Catalog Page: 124
Class: Other

Henry Sauerbier (1822-1886) was a German born businessman in Newark, New Jersey, and received a contract for field grade and presentation swords during the Civil War, but his production was very limited making examples like this desirable. It has a curved blade measuring 32 inches straight from the tip to the hilt with acanthus and patriotic etching, "H. Sauerbier/Newark/NJ" etched on the left ricasso, and "iron proof" etched on the spine. The gilt brass hilt has floral designs and a twisted brass wire wrapped black leather grip. Includes a gilt iron scabbard.

Rating Definition:

Very good with silver-gray patina, distinct etching, and small patches of mild pitting on the blade; traces of gilt finish on the hilt along with nice aged patina on the balance, moderate wear on the grip including some loose wire, and general mild overall wear. The scabbard has traces of gold in the protected areas and otherwise a dark mottled brown patina.

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