COMING IN MAY 2021
LIEUT. WILLIAM BROWNSON 124TH NEW YORK SWORD, CANE, INSIGNIA AND CDV FROM FAMILY DESCENT.
William Brownson entered service in Co. C, 124th NYV August 15, 1862 as 1st Lieut. He became adjutant later that year & was badly wounded in the ankle at the battle of Chancellorsville May 3, 1863. He would leave service 6 months later due to his wounds.
1) MODEL 1850 FOOT OFFICER’S SWORD has 31″ blade decorated w/ etched patriotic panels including an eagle, ribbon w/ “e pluribus unum” & lg. “US”. Shark skin grip. Unusual brass mounted steel scabbard w/ leather covering. Sword is Solingen made & uninscribed.
2) SILVER MOUNTED 33″ WALKING STICK, inscribed “W Brownson” on silver ferrule. “B” engraved on sm. silver plaque on Crown stag handle. Family legend states this is the cane he used after his wounding at Chancellorsville. This is the style most often seen in war time or earlier w/ an eyelet for cord attachment.
3) FRAMED GROUP OF INSIGNIA & CDV OF LIEUT. BROWNSON. Rare cap insignia, embroidered infantry horn w/ sm. “124” silver numbers is framed, 2 sm. New York state seal side buttons & a fragment of the chin strap & buckle. From his uniform are 2 eagle “I” coat buttons, eagle “C” button & pair of 1st Lieut. embroidered shoulder straps. CDV shows a full standing view of Lieut. Brownson holding his officer’s cap & frock coat w/ 1st lieutenant straps (probably these). Back of the frame has penciled notation.