A fine Tiffany presentation sword given to Delos Bennett Sacket, Mexican War Veteran and Inspector General of the Army of the Potomac
Lot 68
A fine Tiffany presentation sword given to Delos Bennett Sacket, Mexican War Veteran and Inspector General of the Army of the Potomac
dated 1861
US$ 6,000 - 9,000
£4,700 - 7,000

Lot Details
A fine Tiffany presentation sword given to Delos Bennett Sacket, Mexican War Veteran and Inspector General of the Army of the Potomac A fine Tiffany presentation sword given to Delos Bennett Sacket, Mexican War Veteran and Inspector General of the Army of the Potomac A fine Tiffany presentation sword given to Delos Bennett Sacket, Mexican War Veteran and Inspector General of the Army of the Potomac A fine Tiffany presentation sword given to Delos Bennett Sacket, Mexican War Veteran and Inspector General of the Army of the Potomac
A fine Tiffany presentation sword given to Delos Bennett Sacket, Mexican War Veteran and Inspector General of the Army of the Potomac
dated 1861
Slightly curved 34 inch blade with 19 inch panel etched with florals, one side incorporating two eagles with the Stars and Stripes, US and the figure of Lady Liberty above a riband inscribed Tiffany & Co. N.Y. and marked on the ricasso Collins & Co/Hartford, Conn; the reverse with a Phrygian cap and crossed swords above a panoply of American flags, two eagles and a Federal shield, the figure of a Native American warrior and above the ricasso the figure of a man wielding a wooden club; ricasso marked 1861. Gilt bronze hilt of the armourial bust type comprising lion head quillon; guard with pierced section featuring banners, a sword and circular US panel; outer branch molded with acanthus; spiral knucklebow; pommel in the form of a helmet and cuirass 'a la antique'; spirally ribbed grip of silver bound in a single strand of silver wire. Gilt scabbard, the suspension mounts molded with acanthus, the upper section engraved with the inscription To Col. Delos B. Sacket,/Inspector General U.S.A./From his Friends/Alex. B. Mott, M.D./Lewis Carr/L. Kohnstamm/Fred Avery/Henry Slack, M.D./Jos. A. Kerrigan, M.D./New York/Dec. 11, 1861 flanked by panoplies of flags; lower section engraved with a panoply of arms, a winged trumpet and scrolling florals. Complete with gold bullion sword knot.
Condition: Excellent. Blade showing a few small areas of light spotting. Hilt and scabbard retaining virtually all the original gilt finish.
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Footnotes

  • Provenance: By descent through the Sacket family.
    Note: Delos Bennett Sacket, 1822-85, graduated West Point, 1845, 2nd Lieutenant, 2nd Dragoons, July 1, 1845, Bvt. 1st Lieutenant, May 9, 1846 and cited for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct for the Battles of Palo Alto and Resaca-de-la-Palma; Battle of Monterey, 1846, 2nd Lieutenant, 1st Dragoons, June 30, 1846, Ft. Gibson, Indian Territory, Ft. Smith, Arkansas, Santa Fe, New Mexico; 1st Lieutenant, 1st Dragoons, Dec. 27, 1848; 1848-49, Dona Ana, N.M. and scouting against the Apaches; 1850-55, at the Military Academy as Asst. Instructor of Cavalry Tactics; Captain, 1st Cavalry, Mar. 3, 1855; on recruiting service and in garrison at Ft. Leavenworth, Ks., removing intruders from Indian lands, 1855-56; Member of Board to Revise Army Regulations, 1856-57; in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Inspection of Horses and Mules, 1856; Ft, Riley, Ks. quelling Kansas Disturbances, 1857-58; Utah and Cheyenne Expeditions, 1858; Ft. Smith, Ark, 1858-59; Antelope Hill Expedition, Indian Territory, 1859; Major, 1st Cavalry, Jan. 31, 1861; Lt. Col. 2nd Cavalry, Mar. 3, 1861; Acting Inspector-General, Department of Washington, June to August, 1861; Mustering and Disbursing officer, New York City, Aug. to December, 1861 and then Inspector-General of the Army of the Potomac; Colonel, Staff-Inspector-General, Oct. 1, 1861; on General McClellan's staff March to August, 1862, present at the Battles of Gaine's Mill, Glendale and Malvern Hill, 1862; Battle of South Mountain and Antietam, 1862 on the staff of the commanding general of the Army of the Potomac; on General Burnside's staff, 1862-63 and present at the Battle of Fredericksburg; Inspector-General's office, Washington, D.C., January to May 1863; member of Board to Organize Invalid Corps, May to August 1863; member of Board for Retiring Disabled Officers, August 1863 to April 1864; inspection duty in the Departments of the Tennessee, Cumberland, Arkansas and New Mexico, April 1864-August 1865; Bvt. Brig.-General, March 13, 1865 for Gallant and Meritorious Services in the field during the Rebellion and Bvt. Maj.-General the same day for Faithful and Meritorious Services; after the war he served as Inspector in several departments and under the instructions of the Secretary of War; in 1881 he returned to Washington as a Brigadier General and was appointed Senior Inspector General of the army and remained at that post until the time of his death in 1885. See a sword of this same pattern on pages 512 and 513 of 'Civil War Army Swords' by John H. Thillmann, where the author notes that this is one of the most handsome hilt styles made by Tiffany & Co...(and) is probably the work of John D. Orr.
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