***** HERE ***** MODEL 1860 GENERAL ARMY OFFICERS DRESS SWORD & SCABBARD
HERE ***** MODEL 1860 GENERAL ARMY OFFICERS DRESS SWORD & SCABBARD. 30 inch double edged gold etched bright steel straight blade 30 inches wide at the ricasso. Blade is etched with stands of arms, vines & scrolls and the name in old english Genl' Walter C. Stokes on one side and N.Y. and the maker J.H. McKenney & Co. N.Y. on the other. Gilt bronze cast hilt with cast & gilt D knuckleguard. Grip wrapped in cast gilt with beaded brass wire. Matching double shell guard with cast American Eagle & stands of arms. Matching acorn topped pommell. Nickle plated brass scabbard with three rings and drag of gilded steel.
Condition: Very Good to Excellant with even patina over all metal surfaces.
GENERAL WALTER C. STOKES WAS THE NEW YORK NATIONAL GUARD PAYMASTER GENERAL FROM 1888 UNTIL 1891. HIS OFFICE AS PAYMASTER GENERAL SPANS THE ELECTED TERM OF NEW YORK GOVERNOR DAVID B. HILL. HIS NATIONAL GUARD POSITION WAS A POLITICAL APPOINTMENT. GENERAL STOKES WAS A NEW YORK BROKER AND A BANKER IN CIVILIAN LIFE. HIS COUNTRY HOME "WOODSIDE HALL" WAS IN COOPERSTOWN, NEW YORK.THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL EARLY GENERAL OFFICER'S SWORD!
PROVENANCE IS INCLUDED WITH THIS RARE UNION SWORD .