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    Rare "Peterson #75" Non-Regulation Civil War Staff Officer's Sword

    A very rare United States Civil War Staff Officer's sword. Known as the Peterson #75, this sword was purchased and used only by wealthy Union officers during the American Civil War. The vast majority of Peterson #75 swords were made with steel hand guards but a select few - only 1 out of 50 - were made with brass hand guards. This is an example of one of the extra-fine brass hand guard models.

    I found this sword on February 2nd 2015. It had been left outside in the snow with the trash and had I not seen it when I did this treasure would most definitely have been lost to a landfill forever. This goes to show how you just never know what you'll find next in your never ending quest for treasure. I just wish I'd found the scabbard too.

    Since I last uploaded this story I've had professional conservation work preformed on this sword. One auction house assured me I can expect a minimum of $1,400 for this amazing piece. But I don't plan on selling it any time soon. I'll upload new pics in the coming days.

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    Here is more info on the sword: Shiloh Civil War Relics*Catalog
    Scroll to the middle of this page to see the another example of it:
    Civil War Antiques (Dave Taylor's) 1st June Webcatalog
    Last edited by UnderMiner; Mar 29, 2015 at 11:01 PM.
    Let history be your treasure map .

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    I don't know much on swords but that is one crazy garbage find. I'm sure you'll get the answers you need on here shortly!
    BANNER #1...
    http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/to...oin-spill.html

    BANNER #2...
    http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/to...-8-reales.html

    BANNER #3...
    Still working on getting this one! 😃👍

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnderMiner View Post
    I found this sword today. It was under a pile of garbage...

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    You are definitely undermining this site with your great finds!

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    What tha . . . ??!

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    How long do you expect ur luck to continue?

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    Great find. I would not do anything to clean it it will only decrease the value. You seem to have a hot streak of great finds keep it up.

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    AMAZING!!!!!

    JimK

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    Someone really abused this sword. The tip is completely folded over itself, like it was dropped on its point Is there any way to fix this damage?
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    Let history be your treasure map .

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    That's just mind boggling. Who throws a sword in the trash? Nice save!

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnderMiner View Post
    Someone really abused this sword. The tip is completely folded over itself, like it was dropped on its point Is there any way to fix this damage?
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    its part of its history, leave it
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    I hope you ransacked that pile well - Ive jumped in many (house clean-out...mostly) dumpsters over the years and - lets just say it often beats going to tag sales - what about the pile made you take a look to begin with ...particularly buried in snow(?) - what else was in there(?)

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    Nice sword! Man the things people put in the trash. Don't "scrape" anything. If you have a dehumidifier put the sword in a room with it and turn it on. You may even want to take a blow dryer to it while avoiding the leather wrapped handle. You want to keep the sword as dry as possible to inhibit the rust. Avoid oils from your hands making contact with it and keep it covered or encased to keep dust and other oils or dirt from making contact. Use cotton gloves or a soft cotton clothe anytime that you handle it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CRUSADER View Post
    its part of its history, leave it
    Agreed! But if you can't help yourself, have a PRO do it. Break that tip trying to straighten it, and you'll kick yourself for years. I would take some 0000 steel wool to the rusty parts of the blade only - (Never, EVER the brass or leather) and with the lightest possible touch, remove that rust. Then a little WD40 (Keep it OFF the leather) sprayed lightly on a cloth, then applied to the blade. Some will want to string me up for suggesting this, but it's what I would do.

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    This is neat, I just cleaned the dirt from the golden seal and it's still shiny under there!
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    It reads "+ Proved"
    Let history be your treasure map .

 

 
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