Lot 51    

German-Silver Masonic ID Shield Inscribed to S. Daman, Co. I., 103rd OVI
12/7/2012- American History: Live Salesroom Auction
A fine example of a sutler purchased ID shield suspended from a bar measuring 2 in. tall by 1.5 in. wide. The well made German silver shield bears the familiar Masonic Square and Compass symbol in gold attached with two rivets. The hefty badge is inscribed in period style, S. DAMAN/CO I. 103. OVI and is attached with a T-bar pin and loop associated with wartime usage. The back shows that the die-cut planchet was recycled from scrap silver that bore an ornate inscribed design.

Sylvester Daman was 35 years old when he enlisted in Company I, 103rd OVI in August 1862. During his service he was advanced to corporal and sergeant and also listed as “reduced to the ranks” for some unrecorded infraction. His fate is unknown. He was reported as “absent sick at Camp Chase on June 1, 1864.” The 103rd OVI was raised in Cleveland and spent its first year of service engaged in guard duty in central Kentucky. As part of the 23rd Corps, Army of the Ohio, the regiment was engaged in Burnside’s dismal Knoxville Campaign during the winter of 1863-64. The Buckeye’s then participated in the grueling Atlanta Campaign suffering particularly heavy casualties at Resaca in June 1864. The regiment remained in the field for the duration, fighting at Franklin and Nashville, ending the war in the Carolinas with 139 battle casualties before mustering out in June 1865.

The wearing of the Masonic symbol by Northern and Southern soldiers is noted with some frequency during the Civil War. Accounts suggest that the Square and Compass was displayed as a talisman or safeguard, an omnipresent symbol that might at least guarantee fraternal intervention, aid, and comfort on the battlefield. Freemasonry eschewed mundane politics in favor of altruism driven by “moral uprightness.”


Condition:  
The tarnished shield is completely original and undamaged with light wear noted on the high points of the gold Masonic symbol, near EXC.
Sold: $1,057.50
Price includes
Buyer's Premium
      Ask a Question

All Images

ITEMS 1-12 of 374
SKIP TO PAGE:
Lot #2 - Sixth Plate Ruby Ambrotype of Union Pvt. with Rare Lemat Revolver
> Item Details

EST $600.00-$800.00

Lot #4 - Civil War Sixth Plate Ambrotype of an Armed Cavalry Officer
> Item Details

EST $500.00-$700.00

Lot #5 - Sixth Plate Ambrotype of Armed Federal Cavalryman
> Item Details

EST $500.00-$700.00

Lot #7 - Lieutenant Geo. L. Raymond, 1st & 12th Vermont, Civil War Archive
> Item Details

EST $1,500.00-$2,500.00

Lot #8 - Sixth Plate Tintype 5th NY Duryea's Zouaves, Plus Copy Print
> Item Details

EST $2,000.00-$3,000.00

Lot #9 - Sergeant David H. Stone, 9th New York Heavy Artillery, Killed by Friend with Pistol
> Item Details

EST $800.00-$1,000.00

Lot #10 - Outstanding Sixth Plate Ambrotype of Early Tennessee Cavalryman
> Item Details

EST $1,500.00-$2,000.00

Lot #11 - General James H. Wilson CDV
> Item Details

EST $600.00-$800.00

Lot #12 - Gettysburg Amputee, Captain Joseph W. Gelray, 2nd Massachusetts Volunteers, CDV
> Item Details

EST $500.00-$700.00

Lot #13 - Lieut. John Huidekoper, 150th Pennsylvania Volunteers, CDV
> Item Details

EST $500.00-$700.00

Lot #14 - A Collection of Generals & Presidents with Rare Custer View
> Item Details

EST $600.00-$800.00

ITEMS 1-12 of 374
SKIP TO PAGE: