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#1 Steve Brannan

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Posted 31 January 2017 - 07:32 PM

My neighbor has a couple of old swords that he inherited from his father. At first I didn't think they were US but I found the etched "E Pluribus Unum" on the blade surrounded by flags. Both have the same design on guard with U and S, while one has the Eagle head and other has a Crown on one side and an Eagle on the other side. I am guessing 1830-40 era but who? Maybe a State Militia. One has a 30 1/2" blade and the other a 31" blade. Any ideas? I can take better pictures. Will try to get a better pic of the E Pluribus Unum.

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#2 Steve Brannan

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Posted 31 January 2017 - 07:35 PM

Better shot of part of the blade etching.

 

 

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Posted 31 January 2017 - 08:40 PM

They look like faternal swords to me. Every group had swords and often the faternal swords would be carried when the soldier served in the Civil War.

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Posted 31 January 2017 - 08:58 PM

They both appear to be French swords which have been re-mounted with American blades. The capstans - which hold the blades to the pommels are much later than the mounts or the blades.



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Posted 31 January 2017 - 09:25 PM

Dan

 

Do you think these could be Bannerman creations sold through his catalog and assembled from parts?



#6 Steve Brannan

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Posted 01 February 2017 - 04:48 AM

Yes, good thoughts. Maybe Fraternal or Bannerman put together. Any thought on value if my neighbor wanted to sell them. I am thinking $125 each.

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Posted 08 February 2017 - 03:20 PM

I found a sword similar to the eagle head sword with the same hand guard and they called it a US diplomat's sword from the 1840s. Does this sound reasonable?




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