THE PRESENTATION SWORD, marked as made by "W. H. Horstmann & Sons, Philadelphia," is engraved "Presented to Capt. F. Heppenheimer by Company F. Jefferson Grenadiers 5th Reg. N.Y.L.M. New York, Dec. 29th 1856". The blade, which has a few tiny marks on its edge, is 31 inches long with patriotic and floral designs. It has not been cleaned, and exhibits surface oxidation and rust. The hilt has four very small indents. The scabbard is engraved with an eagle, shields, flags and other patriotic motifs. The overall condition is "as found" in an attic.
Friedrich Heppenheimer was commissioned on January 30, 1850, and promoted to Captain in the Fifth Regiment, Second Brigade, First Division on January 26, 1856. On April 19, 1861, at age 36, he enrolled at New York City to serve during the Civil War for three months, mustering into the United States Service on May 1, 1861 as Captain, Company F. A member of the now defunct Fifth Regiment of the Jefferson Guard headquartered in New York City, he took part, with eight other companies under the command of Col. C. Schwarzwaelder, in the May 24, 1861 occupation of Arlington Heights, VA. He mustered out with his Company on August 7, 1861, at New York City.