Swords & Blades
Rarest, Finest, Stunning Quality & Beauty New Orleans-Made Blaise Pradel CS Officer's Sword & Scabbard
100% Original, Complete, SPECTACULAR Condition
Pradel's Copy of the US Model 1850 Foot Officer's Sword
Coming Out of Kentucky CS Estate in 2011
Original Letter of Sale From Brian Akins of "Rebel Relics"
Take a GOOD LOOK at this utterly STUNNING condition Confederate-made Officer's Sword AND with Original Scabbard....made by one of the truly RAREST and MOST DESIRABLE CS sword-makers--Blaise Pradel of New Orleans. His swords were made of the HIGHEST QUALITY of all CS-made swords, and range from such models as this copy of the US Model 1850 Foot Officer's Sword, to one-of-a-kind variants, such as with the "CS" and Pelican motif in the guard! He also did some sub-contracting work for other New Orleans's-based sword-makers and retailers, most notably with Dufilho, to which again, the HIGHEST QUALITY of CRAFTSMANSHIP is found out of all the Confederate sword makers. They are not only so extremely scarce to find (as with most CS swords), not only WITH the original scabbard, but the fact that New Orleans fell permanently into Federal hands in early 1862, so they had barely 12 months to produce these so very few and most beautiful, finely-made and decorative swords and scabbards.
Coming originally from a Kentucky estate with Confederate ancestors back in 2011, Mr. Brian Akins of "Rebel Relics"/"Akin's Antiques" fame acquired this sword from the family,nd wrote a letter of the sale, history, and authentification [see below]. My great friend in Georgia purchased this sword back in the summer of 2011, and is now selling it on consignment, so she is FRESH to the MARKET! The "TEXTBOOK" and archetypical Pradel construction trait of the mold-seam pommel construction, coupled with the "New Orleans HUMP" or "Bulge" distinct and unique to these in the middle of the grip are a dead give-away to Pradel Specimens (as Mr. Akins points out in his letter, given his DECADES of Confederate sword collecting and dealing). The mold seam is as CLEAR AS DAY on this one, as they are on all Pradel swords. The 100% ORIGINAL and UN-TOUCHED WIRE AND WRAP are 100% INTACT! Spectacular!!! Clearly, some staff officer or officer for Theater/Department staffs must have been issues this sword for it to be in such incredible original and un-touched condition. And you can look at the pommel peen--it is UN-TOUCHED. It's truly about as beautiful today as the day it was made! A truly RARE chance to find one of the RAREST Confederate Officer's Sword & Scabbard in this condition. The un-stopped fuller and patina along the 31.5" long blade is amazing--virtually nick--free...you have to look HARD to even find a "flea-bite" on the un-sharpened blade. It has the classic smoky, steely-grey patina from being over 150 years old, and not "used and abused"! NO pitting, NO oxidation whatsoever. The gorgeous flora motif is of the highest Pradel renowned quality (again, a copy of the US M1850 floral-motif basket/hilt), and as also noted with Pradel specimens, having a higher copper content, thus the patina having that classically Confederate brass (zinc being scarce to the Confederacy) has that typical darker patina to the high-copper/low-zinc brass. It even has THE ORIGINAL WASHER INTACT. The scabbard fits "like a glove" and clearly was made with/for the sword, with same brass matching patina, more exquisite and matching scrollwork, etching and floral motifs of the brass mounts and drag. The leather is INTACT and in the most preserved, untouched condition. Nothing DAMAGED, NOTHING REPAIRED...it's all "righteous"! My buddy is still looking for the letter form Brian Akins, but I have it pictured when I originally bought it from Brian, and sold it to my friend. You can ask Brian--it's all true, real, and a Bluegrass Beauty made from Pradel of New Orleans!
Good luck finding one BETTER and FOR LESS..
Sale Pending/Layaway Congrats, Eddie!
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