Currency:USD Category:Collectibles Start Price:30,000.00 USD Estimated At:100,000.00 - 200,000.00 USD
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Incredible Civil War Presentation Sword by “Tiffany New York” in sterling silver and inscribed ‘Presented to Major Gen’L H.W. Halleck, By the Ladies of St. Louis Mo, March 1862”. This iconic sword was presented in response to fall of confederate strong hold Ft. Donaldson by the grateful ladies of St. Louis and is illustrated and mentioned in period articles and texts about this historic event that gave the republic its first significant victory over confederate forces. General Halleck is pictured in period photographs (1 included) wearing this exact sword and also it is illustrated in other periodicals and catalogs of the period Including Schyuler, Hartley and Graham catalog. It has recently been featured on the cover of the Civil War magazine. An identical Tiffany sword was presented to Gen. U.S. Grant in 1884 by the sanitary commission which now resides in the Smithsonian institution. General Halleck needs no introduction to students of Civil War history as he was 1 of 4 Major Generals of the U.S. Army preceding Grant. He served as General in chief of all Union Armies from 1862-1864. Nick named “Old Brains” he was considered a military expert and scholar but his predictable tactics allowed General Robert E. Lee to out fox and defeat him. Halleck was maligned for disputes with other High ranking Generals and his hesitation to attack or be aggressive allowed the confederate Army of Tennessee that was badly outnumbered and out gunned to escape at the battle of Corinth, Miss. Grant was made General in Chief of the Armies by Lincoln in March 1864 and Halleck was moved to Chief Staff where he served out the remainder of the war and excelled. He was pall bearer at Lincoln’s funeral. At the close of the war he was made commander of the division of the Pacific and later moved to Louisville, Kentucky in 1872 where he died at his post.
Physical Description: The sword measures 41” overall with a 32 ¾” blade marked on the left “Warranted to cut iron”, “E. Plurbus Unum” and “Tiffany New York”. The scabbard and hilt are silver decorated in relief with a bust of Columbia on the hilt. The balance of the sword is decorated in ancient figural motifs being the best of Tiffany’s quality and signed also on the scabbard “Tiffany & Co. Quality 925-1000 (Sterling Silver)”. The sword is in fine condition showing minor dents and creases in the scabbard and just normal aging. The over $500 original cost underscores the finity of this masterpiece by Tiffany as great pairs of cased engraved Colts were about $100 at this time! Also a period violin shaped blue velveteen lined case is included.
A rare opportunity to obtain a national treasure which in our opinion there is none superior and few equals. Major General Ambrose Burnside’s presentation sword by the U.S. Sanitary commission fetched $271,000 at auction and it was not solid sliver and signed “Tiffany” nor cased. Est.: $100,000-$200,000