01-05-2007, 06:03 PM
My father is a Reenactor and is very active in the historical preservation of the civil war.He posses my great great grandfathers presentation sword given to him by the enlisted men of F company 39th USCT from Maryland.Does anyone know what the sword might be worth for insurance purposes?
01-07-2007, 12:23 AM
I am a reenactor, who portrays the Adjutant of the 38th USCT, based out of central VA. In answer to your question about the sword, no price can really be put on such a piece, without actually seeing it. I would suggest that you take it to a certified, & recognized Civil War relics dealer(s), & at least get their opinion as to it's appraised value. If there are any natioanlly recognized antiques dealers in your area, I would first approach them, & ASK if they know of anybody who can appraise Civil War artifacts. If they cannot themselves, hopefully they might be able to point you to someone who can. Another sugeestion would be to take it to a historical museum, perhaps a State facility, & they might be able to give you an appraisal, or once again, steer you in the right direction. However ... in my humble opinion, in the event that this is indeed an heirloom handed down through the family, then it's "true" value is "INVALUABLE"!!
A sword presented to one of the white officers of a USCT unit, is most indeed an EXTREMELY RARE & VALUABLE treasure for your family, as it shows the esteem in which your relative was held by his soldiers. Getting it appraised is one thing, but, whatever you do ... don't let it slip away from your family!!
Sorry ... I got up on my soapbox, & started preaching!! I am sure that you well realize it's value as a family heirloom!!!
Anyhow, I am very pleased that you have such a family relic in your posession, & I am sure that you will take proper care of it, for the future generations of your family!!
I hope that I have been of some help to you!!
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Timothy G. Fredrikson, aka ... Sergeantskippy
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