“Col. James Biddle from Co. B 71st Ind. Vols 1863”. Sauerbier hilts come in a variety of styles, with this type being a type 3. It is the highest grade of hilt style usually on cavalry sabers but is also occasionally used on Sauerbier infantry officer’s swords as is this example. Stylistically similar sabers (hilts and scabbards) can be found on pages 359-363 of Civil War Cavalry and Artillery Sabers as they all have type three hilt with a silver or pewter grip and scabbards with the double oak leaf and acorn framed mounts and drag, but this exact sword in some detail is found on page 359 of Civil War Army Swords. This fancy Sauerbier type three hilt was also used by Emerson & Silver although it is believed to be a Sauerbier made element as it is more often seen on their swords and sabers. Pommel caps of these swords have a tang mound covered in the same material as found on the scabbard mount inserts and this is the case here all of the inserts are Mother of Pearl. On this hilt in addition to the Mother of Pearl tang cover carved into a large bust of Washington is also a small Mother of Pearl oval carved insert of a US shield on the heal of the pommel cap. The blade as is sometimes the case with Sauerbier swords is a Clauberg example that retains original etching, frosting and much gold wash. Furthermore, the scabbard has five more Mother of Pearl inserts carved in various Masonic symbols. Couple this with a heavily gilt hilt and scabbard and the whole is a very fine handsome high grade sword.