Historical 9th Kentucky Inscribed Civil War Model 1850 Staff & Field Officer's Sword

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Historical 9th Kentucky Inscribed Civil War Model 1850 Staff & Field Officer's Sword
Model 1850 Staff & Field Officer's Sword with inscribed scabbard. The scabbard throat is engraved with the inscription: "Geo. H. Cramm/Col.9th Ky. Vol. Inf." in two lines. The sword has a regulation pattern 31 1/2-inch blade decorated with acid etched floral designs on the obverse and an eagle with shield on a sunburst background on the reverse. The retailer's marking: "FLETCHER/BENNETT/LOUISVILLE/KY" is etched on the reverse with the trademark "MONITOR" etched below the retailer mark on the ricasso. The sword has a regulation pattern, gold-plated, brass, two-branch guard and pommel. The outer branches of the guard have "US" and pierced floral decorations. The grip has a black leather wrapped with two strands of twisted brass wire. The regulation pattern scabbard has a browned steel body with brass throat, suspension bands and drag. The 9th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry Regiment was mustered into service in November 1861 and fought in the battles of Shiloh, Perryville, Stone's River, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Kenesaw Mountain, the Siege of Atlanta and numerous smaller engagements. It was mustered out of service on December 15, 1864. The 9th Kentucky Infantry lost 8 officers and 96 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 3 officers and 250 enlisted men died of disease
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Condition: Good. The sword blade has light surface rust overall with scattered pitting on the obverse. The brass hilt has not been polished and has an attractive patina. The leather grip cover and wire wrap are in good condition although the wire wrap is loose. The scabbard body has a dark brown patina with scattered surface rust. The brass mountings have an attractive patina. The inscription on the scabbard throat is clear. The drag has been torn off the scabbard and about 1/2-inch of the blade is exposed when the sword is in the scabbard.