A Spectacular Emerson & Silver Cavalry Officers Ivory Gripped Presented Saber. Superlatives do not do this saber justice. This saber is on the cover and on page 45 in the color section of Civil War Cavalry and Artillery Sabers. Dick had purchased this saber after the book went to editing so it was too late for it to go into the written manuscript. I was however able to get photos of this spectacular saber before the book went to the printer. It is likely the finest single sword made by Emerson & Silver during the Civil War or, at least it is the finest one that anyone of sword collecting fraternity made the author aware of over the past 20 years. To begin with it was presented to Captain James F. Dwight the Provost Marshall of the Department of Missouri by the officers and employees of his office on June 10, 1863. The inscription is on a gold presentation plaque fastened to the scabbard body. The hilt is perfectly over the top in ornamentation but not garish, rather it is rich and handsome. The pommel, guard and suspension ring mounts are wonderfully intricate casting designs of a fine style of foliate and the drag is also beautifully cast but with a Soldier. In addition, the pommel has a semi-precious stone covering the tang, perhaps a garnet. The ivory grip is carved in a beautifully reeded style having the most wonderful mellow ivory color. The blade is in perfect finish with all of the original frosting and bright etching in E&S style but also with a large size etched trooper on horseback near the ricasso. This cavalry officer’s presentation grade saber can not be improved upon. It is clearly in the same league with the finest Ames, Clauberg and Tiffany Cavalry Officers sabers and deserves a special stand-out place in someone’s arms collection. Note, the above description by John Thilmann is accurate, but the massive grip of Ivory and other features can also lend one to the conclusion that this sword was further embellished by J.J. Hirshbuhl of Louisville. There are only 2 other Civil War era swords that we are aware of with such a massive and extraordinary grip. One of those two swords is the huge Louis D. Watkins sword that was formerly in the Medicus Collection and pictured on the Medicus book cover. It is also pictured elsewhere on this website as we sold that sword several years ago to a museum. THIS SWORD IS FROM THE RICHARD JOHNSON COLLECTION WHICH HAS ITS OWN SECTION ON THIS WEBSITE. TO SEE THE ENTIRE COLLECTION, RETURN TO THE HOME PAGE AND CLICK ON THE GREEN, "RICHARD JOHNSON" ICON.