Most of the swords seen here were probably the outcome of a subscription among fellow officers or soldiers and are of much better quality than the regulation swords they were based on. However, the two swords (7) and (8), presented to Generals Meade and Blair, while of essentially similar design to each other, are spectacular and with sufficient differences to make them truly individual items. Both were made by Bailey and Company of Philadelphia, with inset semiprecious stones and enamel decoration. Few swords of the quality seen here remain in private hands, the majority of them residing in institutional collections.
4 Presentation-quality Model 1850 staff
and field officer's sword presented to First Lt. Isaac Seesholtz, 118th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry j Presentation-quality Model 1850 staff and field officer's sword presented to Col. Thomas E. Barker. 12th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry 5 Militia staff and field officer's sword and case, presented to Col Peter Fritz, 99th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry
7 Deluxe sword presented to Maj. Gen. George Gordon Meade, commander, Army of the Potomac
8 Deluxe sword presented to Maj. Gen. Francis P. Blair
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