Swords & Blades

CS Officer's Cold Southern Steel Straight from Renowned CS Sword Expert, Mr. John Sexton

Believed to be a "Memphis Novelty Works"/Leech & Rigdon RARE Variant CS Officer's Sword (read below)

Old GAR Hall "Souvenir" having Gold Paint Remnants

Exactly 37" Long, 31.4" Full Blade, with NO NICKS!

100% Untouched CS Officer's Sword you CAN AFFORD!

There isn't a true Southerner alive who doesn't COVET to have a REAL Confederate-made CS sword, ESPECIALLY a rarer variant of an Officer's Sword!  How I and many spent our youths with either real swords (gulp!) or our "pretend" swords, yelling "CHARGE" followed with our own "Rebel Yell," slashing and thrusting into the blue Yankee hordes to victory.  Ah heck...I know some y'all still do today, even if in private, but most (like me) in reenacting!  Now HERE is a 100% NO-BS, REAL-DEAL, picked-up from locals walking into a show this past summer by NONE OTHER than THE CS Sword EXPERT, Mr. John Sexton, true CS Officer's Sword.  It is his belief--as well as many others--that given several traits of the manufacture/style of this sword, that it is one of the many MYRIAD of different Memphis Novelty Works/Leech & Rigdon-made CS swords...and obviously a RARE ONE since none are pictured, and few noted as found.  Even more "sweeter" for this COLD SOUTHERN STEEL is that it bears traces of the gold paint that once covered it--the CLASSIC and widespread GAR Hall gold-painting of their Rebel "Souvenirs," where we get the phrase of "Golden Years" [see...you learn something new all the time here...that War has impacted our modern culture and society in SO many ways people haven't a clue!]  Thus, beyond the fact after the GAR "golden years" were over with the passing of the honored old soldiers, someone saved this baby, and cleaned the gold paint off, MOST lovingly, and obviously VERY long ago, as it bears the typical tiny flecks of white paint on the handle (which would otherwise have been cleaned-off with the gold paint from the GAR!), and the patina is such that it's been left in this current state to age/patina to what it is today. 

The sword measures precisely at 37" long, from the full-tip of the blade, to the "screw-in" style pommel-peen.  The blade is 31.4" long, being COMPLETELY FREE of ANY nicks--not even a flea-bite!  It's not been sharpened, being a "flat-blade" (no fuller at all), and has a nice "frosted" patina of graying to browning blade appearance.  VERY FAINT hints/traces of the previous GAR Hall gold paint (the blade, as some pics show, has a slight "gold" hue to it, because of the GAR paint!), and faint cleaning marks when they cleaned-off the GAR gold paint.  The brass-cast and finished guard/basket and pommel are a GORGEOUS mellowed patina, and bespeaks of such early CS-production, when good "brass" was still available (versus later in the war, as zinc became scarce).  The blade-to-handle is a tight grip, the basket has a little wobble--easy fix if you want (use wood shim, and fix that in mere minutes--but I leave THAT up to the future buyer!)  The traits that Mr. Sexton, myself and others note being a Memphis Novelty Works/Leech & Rigdon produced sword are (1) the hardwood grip is wrapped with twine and covered with russet leather--for MANY tighter-fitting "loops" on the grip for the brass 2-twine wire, which one full "loop" of original wiring remains at the very back of the handle.  There are also several variations of known Memphis Novelty Works/later Leech & Rigdon-made "flat-blade" CS Officer swords (many bearing matching assembly/inspection numbering).  The curvature and thickness of the handle is one identical to many known specimen, and most of all, the finishing done to the brass hilt shows some VERY distinctive traits to L&R-made specimens, with the hand-worked "striations" in the guard to flatten it out, with very small "edging" on the inside face of the guard, and NO edging to the inside of the guard, having NO quillion.  These are all VERY MUCH like the early and truly Memphis-made "Memphis Novelty Works"-marked specimens, as well as later ones, when they'd move to Columbus, Mississippi as "Leech & Rigdon", and later to Greensboro, Georgia.  The 2-twine tight wire is yet again, just another known trait that leaves me with no doubt (after handling SO MANY VARIATIONS of Memphis Novelty Works/Leech & Rigdon swords)--just look in the more modern reference books, and they produced so many VARIATIONS in officer swords alone, let alone cavalry models, down to D-Guards.  The pommel-cap is not typically one seen on their swords--more like the "Artillery Model" sword style--but some Leech & Rigdon-made Bowie's have this pommel with the "screw-in" peen/cap style.  Thus again, this just appears to be one of the many, but clearly rare/few-produced RARE VARIANTS that they made for our Southern Knights to wield in leading our noble boys.

Now, if someone WANTS to have the two small patches of russet-leather wrap filled-in with PERIOD russet-leather (then waxed for seamless appearance), AND have original 2-twine wire to re-wire it, that can easily be done.  But I leave THAT up to the future buyer.

I LOVE THIS RARE and BEAUTIFUL Memphis Novelty Works/Leech & Rigdon variant CS Officer's Sword, that ONCE was a "War Trophy" painted in GOLD that adorned some GAR Hall!  I like it JUST the WAY IT IS!  But...if you want it professionally restored with original leather and wire...you can do it!  Won't cost but $150 or so!

Where else can you buy a RARE CS OFFICER'S SWORD for the price of a Run-o-the-Mill Colt Revolver?!?!


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Ultra-Rare Kenansville "Confederate States Armory" Produced Massive D-Guard Fighting Bowie Knife

Rare Variant Made by "The Confederate States Armory",  Privately Operated CS Manufacturing Center Owned/Operated by Louis Froehlich, Located within Kenansville, North Carolina

Massive, UNTOUCHED, Beautiful Specimen, Measuring just over 21" Total Length, 15.75" Blade Length, and Just Under 2" WIDE Blade

There isn't a true collector, historian, or fighting-knife lover that is not almost magnetically ATTRACTED to a REAL CONFEDERATE "D-GUARD" fighting knife.  It's almost something "genetic" within us, as even women and small children are caught in the same "spell-bound" fascination with these massive hand-wielded blades that had NO OTHER PURPOSE than to KILL A MAN, literally in hand-to-hand combat.  It's that simple.  Colonel Jim Bowie may have made such large fighting knives like his renowned and now legendary massive blade a part of the fabric of American "legend" and "iconic" status--with such determination against their assured fate of certain DEATH within the crumbling walls of an old Spanish mission at Alamo, fighting for Texas independency from Mexico.  The "Bowie" knife, however, would evolve into yet another vaunted position coveted around the world, thanks to the seemingly inevitable conflagration--already seeded within the 13 original American Colonies in 1776, going from rebellion against their "mother country" of England, into declaring INDEPENDENCY--the War Between the States.  Fighting knives were certainly not "new" to the world--not at all.  Since the dawn of man, hand-sharpened wood, napped stone, and eventually forged metal would be in the possession of any person able to have one.  Col. Bowie may have given them an iconic moniker.  However, it was our most bloodiest and tragic war on this continent that would forever make the Southern/Confederate-made "Bowie" and "D-Guard" fighting knives brandished by soldiers of the South, who now fought for what they all believed was their 2nd "War for Independence."

There are many D-guards that have been made in the world, and even before the war years.  And I have personally seen D-guard made by soldiers in World War II---hey, a GOOD FIGHTING KNIFE is a GOOD FIGHTING KNIFE!  But it was the sudden outbreak of secession by Southern states in 1861, and ensuing conflict into full-scale war, that caused a massive effort on our continent from the smallest blacksmith shops, all the way to state and Confederate Arsenals to begin large-scale production of these menacing weapons to arm their men to repel the Yankee invaders.  Every book, historian, collector, or simple student enduring a history lesson, will always get to an original wartime image of a Confederate soldier armed with this most uniquely Southern/Confederate hand-fighting knife.  The Governors of Virginia, and more famously, of Georgia (Gov. Joe Brown) would order the production and alterations of older blades into fighting knives to be issued immediately upon completion.   Yet, despite the allure and mystique behind such massively mean-looking weapons of flesh and bone-cutting purpose, the real numbers of these Confederate D-guards and Bowie fighting knives are not as widespread and prolific as some would think.  Yes, every soldier needed a knife, for the very simple reason of use, need, and utility (cut rope, string, leather, food, etc).  The most common knife that serves both as a utilitarian AND fighting tool were the abundant imported blades by Sheffield of England, along with other pre-war US manufacturers.  This is the style of "fighting knife" seen most in original images of soldiers--both North and South.  Many times, the photographers literally had them to use a "props" for the soldiers.  But indeed, the real production of CS-made "Fighting Knives"--especially D-GUARD Fighting Knives--was on a much smaller scale in reality than most people's mythical imaginations.  Which is why THEY AREN'T CHEAP to acquire one!  And sadly...wherever there's a "buck" to be made....there's always going to be nefarious attempts at faking.

Offered here for sale under consignment from my Texas buddy's massive collection, is indeed a 100% Confederate-made MASSIVE D-Guard, which was produced by what was called the "Confederate States Armory"--in actuality, the private production complex and firm owned and operated by Louis Froelich, located in Kenansville, North Carolina.  The production by the Armory is most noted for its swords of every type they produced, and with their most distinctive traits.  Louis actually began production with a partner, B. Eastvan, in Wilmington, North Carolina when they were first contracted for production by the newly-formed Confederate Government.  In a cowardly turn-of-fate, Eastvan was actually a Union-sympathizer, swindled Louis Froehlich out of most of the capitol they had in the company, and literally fled to the North.  Louis, ever-determined as a Southerner AND a businessman, then moved and set-up the armory facility in Kenansville.

This specimen is a rarer variant of the Kenansville produced specimens, though bearing the distinct "D-Guard" form, shape, and size of Kenansville D-Guards.  The simple one-piece grip of rather simple rectangular form, having no ferrules, the distinct wider, rounded base of the actual "D" guard by the ricasso of the blade, having no quillion at all, and wide (almost 2" wide!) long and sturdy blade are all archetypical Kenansville manufacture traits.  Some specimens have the blade double-edged (like this one) while others have a clip-pointed blade.  The total length of this specimen is 21" long, and the blade length is just under 16" long--again, all consistent with their other Kenansville-produced known specimens. EVERYTHING is truly UN-TOUCHED.  The patina on the blade is AS-IS.  No one has cleaned it, nor any other part of this beauty.  You can see a few scratches in the patina when people have handled or stored the blade (it has been in SEVERAL RENOWNED CONFEDERATE COLLECTIONS!!!), but the REAL PROOF that it truly has been "un-touched" nor ever "monkeyed" with....comes by fact that there is a chip from the bottom-side of the grip that is exposing the inside tang of the blade.  Everyone who has seen this blade has said, "Man...you've GOT to get that chip fixed!  You'll get MORE MONEY for it if you get it re-gripped!"  No...neither I nor the consignor ain't gonna touch it, either!  It "is what it is!"  It's been this way for around 150 years now, and I LOVE THE FACT that it truly is a rare, Kenansville/Confederate States Armory-made MASSIVE D-guard fighting knife that is UNTOUCHED, and 100% Kenansville in every facet!  I actually think it's cool to see the inside tang of the blade!  The peen is, of course, fused to the D-guard---again....UNTOUCHED and as TIGHT as can be!  NO WOBBLE in the blade or handle (that's why it chipped--it's SO TIGHT!!!  The law of Physics are what they are!  It chipped being so tight, and the exposure to the elements to swell and constrict, and a handle that was too thin by the ricasso to withstand the natural pressures and stresses.)

This is a RARE OPPORTUNITY to purchase a 100% AUTHENTIC, GORGEOUS & RARE, Kenansville/Confederate States Armory D-Guard !!!


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Unworldly Rare CS Double D-Guard Bowie Knife

Spectacular and Only One of a Handful To Exist

Out of Texas--The Few Existing Handful all having a TEXAS PROVENANCE

Blade Length 11.25", Total Length 16.25"

Straight Out Of Texas, Just as the One Mr. Hadaway Has Published in his seminal "Updated Confederate Bowie Knife" Reference Book (and again, STRONG BELIEF with other specimens coming out of Texas that these are of Lone Star production!)

A Mere HANDFUL Known In Existence


The BEST Specimen I've Ever Seen/Had!

Let's start out by letting the words of a REAL CONFEDERATE BOWIE KNIFE EXPERT do the talking: as is written by Mr. Lee Hadaway in his "The Updated Confederate Bowie Knife Guide" on page 122, "Single D-Guards are very much sought after by collectors, so what does that say about a double D-Guard?  They are extremely rare and this one [the one he has pictured in his book] is the only example that I have actually held."  The current owner and consignor of THIS ONE (and previous owner) have had this baby held in the hands of ALL THE CS KNIFE/BLADE "GURU's"...and THIS ULTRA-RARE TEXAS BEAUTY is EVERYTHING you could ever hope and pray for!  And a couple more have surfaced in the past several years...but literally, there are only a handful out in the collecting community, and you RARELY get a chance to actually SEE ONE, let alone BUY ONE!

This gorgeous specimen is indeed a 100% authentic Confederate-made double D-Guard Bowie knife--and as Mr. Hadaway noted in his book that his specimen came from Texas, SO TOO DOES THIS ONE!  This beauty comes out of Austin, Texas, on consignment--originally from a good friend of mine in San Antonio!  It is believed that there is a definite Texas connection of provenance with the few of these Double D-Guard specimens in existence.  The unsharpened, wide-blade measures 11.25" long, with the blade being exactly 2" wide at the ricasso.  The total length of this Bowie Confederate fighting knife is 16.25" long.  The gorgeous grip is solidly intact, as are the two D-guards and the blade--TIGHT and SOLID.  The piece has NO REPAIRS, NO DAMAGE, and has a SOLID grip, blade, and peen.  And I mean SOLID--and when you HOLD IT...it has a feeling everyone "knows" it is weighted juuuust right, as a great fighting knife should.  Only some minor and UN-FAKABLE field/combat wear that you WANT and expect--some dings and scratches, a couple small cracks in the SOLID milled hardwood grip--NO CHIPPING or anything truly detracting at all.  It's just a pure Confederate, unworldly-rare, and Texas BEAUTY!  The CLASSICALLY CONFEDERATE crude forged-finish to the blade  There is little pitting--those are mainly GAS "pockets" that you can see on the blade, from the forging of the blade, and weren't finished to the ultra-smooth quality that an expert blade-maker would have the experience AND TIME to make it "perfect"--which the South was DESPERATE to get weapons out FAST, not worrying about the "finish" being "perfect....just slap it together and SHIP IT INTO THE FIELD to "kill 20 Yankees" and move on!  Someone with the "best intentions" used a very light steel wool on the blade at some point--but as you can see in the many fine pics, you can't really see it unless in the "glare" and it is obviously so light and/or done long ago, as it didn't affect the DEEP RICH PERFECT "ATTIC MINTY" brown patina to the metal.  The overall appearance and patina to the entire piece, from the double D-guard basket, the grip, the quillion, and that gorgeous CS/Johnny Reb crude blade makes this the MOST BEAUTIFUL DISPLAYING SPECIMEN that I have EVER PERSONALLY SEEN!

Thus, you have a KILLER RARE, KILLER Texas Double D-Guard Bowie that is priced WAY BELOW where the LAST Double D-Guard sold.  You can THANK the ECONOMY for this PHENOMENAL OPPORTUNITY at THIS PRICE to nab this baby, and put it in your collection.  The consignor is ONLY letting this go for necessity.

IT REALLY IS "an off you can't refuse!"

$3298  SOLD to "Uncle Bubba"!  Congrats, brother!

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Great US M1850 Field & Staff Officer's Imported Sword

Beautifully Gold-Gilted, w/"US" & Floral Motif Basket

Wonderfully Etched "US" & Eagle Motif Untouched Blade

Intact Original Wire & Wrap, NO Dings in Blade!

Germanic (Probably Solingen) Made & Imported, bearing the Known Manufacturing Characteristics (HIGH Copper-Content, the "Bulged"/Swelled-in-the-Middle Grip, etc)

Local Mississippi "Walk-In" at last Gun Show

The US Model 1850 Field & Staff Officer Sword, and it's other variants (those WITHOUT the etched "US" and Federal Eagle blades and "US" not in the Cast-Brass baskets, and your "non-regulation" US Field & Staff swords) would be the most prolifically-used swords for both the North and the South during the War.  Since 10 years of production prior to the outbreak of war allotted for many to permeate through the militia's and arsenals around all the states, they were quickly the first blades (along with all the older blades gathering dust in arsenals) and ONLY BLADES ON-HAND to be issued to Officer's in the forming vast armies of the two warring sides.  The enormity and desperation of the NEED for Officer Swords (and everything else!) was a huge economic BOOM for European countries and makers of war materials.  Both governments and private retailers in the North and South would frantically acquire all they could from abroad, whilst trying to ramp-up domestic production (which was a GREAT CHALLENGE for the mainly agrarian-based South).  Thus, imported swords of every kind and type (as true with all weaponry) would become common for both sides to be issued and used during the entire war. 

Offered here is a MOST BEAUTIFUL 100% ORIGINAL, with ORIGINAL WIRE and WRAP, NO DAMAGE, NO REPAIRS, untouched example of a Germanic (probably Solingen) made imported US Model 1850 Field and Staff Officer's Sword.  It yet retains a LOT of the original gold-gilting upon the guard/basket, with the "US" and wonderfully detailed floral-motif cast-basket and pommel.  The QUALITY of construction--the most vivid detail of the casting motifs, etching, the heavy gold-gilting--bespeaks of being made by one of the FINEST blade-makers of the world: Solingen.  This one is completely un-marked, which is common for swords that were sold to private retailers, or under contract to militia's or states (especially in the South).  The reason we KNOW it is of Germanic/Solingen-manufacture (beyond the exceptional quality of construction and detail) is also in the fact that the brass ("brass" being made of copper and zinc) is of a very HIGH copper, LOW zinc content, and thus a very deep, rich "red" patina to the brass.  This is only seen in CS-made specimens...AND the Germanic ones (Solingen was comprised of Germanic sword makers not only in Germanic states, but also in the "Alsace" region of very eastern "France" and Germanic States that the "boundaries" would change so many times in so many wars over so many centuries--all the way through WWII!).  The other tell-tale trait is the grip itself, having the VERY PRONOUNCED "swell" or "bulge" in the middle of the handle.  Once again, this is ONLY SEEN in CS-made specimens...and these Germanic/Solingen-made specimens. 

Not only do I LOVE the quality of construction, the excellent casting and gold-gilting, but the UN-FAKABLE usage in true combat/field conditions and campaigning is apparent.  The original twisted brass wire is intact, though in some places just a "hair" loose--same with the original intact leather wrap that has a few places where you can see the leather is worn.  This can ONLY come from being exposed to the "elements" in the field, over an extended period of time, and of being HANDLED by the officer that had it!  Moreover, the beautiful "feathered"-motif adorned quillion...it's got the classic "bend" in it, where it was either purposely done so (being a reenactor since 1981, and an officer for years, I KNOW this "trick"!) so that when holding IN COMBAT for USE in a fight, you can have your thumb "anchored" on top of the bent-over quillion for more THRUSTING and PARRYING ability.  It also could have happened when the officer tripped, or was SHOT, and he "hit the ground".  One or other! 

The full 30.5" long UN-TOUCHED, UN-SHARPENED, and UN-CLEANED blade has NO DINGS whatsoever...I can't even find a "flea-bite"!  It has the usual (again UN-TOUCHED since the war in all appearances) blade patina of the mottled graying-with-age look.  The etching on both sides are clearly visible--the "US" with floral motif on the one side, and the Federal Eagle w/ "E Pluribus Unum" on the other (the Eagle's wings and feathers seen nicely, but the etching is SO FINE, with some mottling, that it's somewhat obscure to see it all in it's great detail).  Being at the total length of just over 36" long, this is a BEAUTIFUL example of a wartime imported M1850 Field & Staff officer's sword of the highest quality production in the world--and bears the un-fakable usage in the field!  It was at our last gun show here in Jackson (Mississippi)--which I always HAUNT, as I have found some UN-WORLDLY-RARE "gems" hiding amongst the AK's and AR's!--that I saw an elderly gentleman out of Crystal Springs, MS, coming in with this sword.  No, no "glory stories" other than the usual, "Well...I used to play with it when I was a boy at my Ma-Maw's house...it's been in the family as long as anyone remembers...we had many of our kin fight in the War...". 

It's a GREAT "Wall-Hanger" blade, that is THE most REPRESENTATIVE Officer Sword used by both sides during the war...& doesn't cost you a mortgage payment to own!

Sale Pending

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Yet Another "MINTY" Un-Worldly Rare CS "Holy Grail"!

Stunning, Ultra-Rare, Boyle, Gamble & MacFee of Richmond, "FLAT-BLADE" CS Cavalry Officer's Sword


100% Original, Complete, Intact, NO Damage, NO Repairs, Spectacular Patina, Blade, Copper Wire & Leather Wrap

In the 34 or so years I've been a collector, reenactor, living historian, & dealer....I have NEVER SEEN a FINER example of a truly ULTRA-RARE CS Cavalry Officer's Sword as this, the Boyle, Gamble & MacFee of Richmond Virginia, produced and MOST DISTINCTIVE "Flat-Blade" CS Cavalry Officer's sword.  This piece coming originally out of Virginia from Dr. Ginn's 60+ year CS/Virginia collection, is the "END-OF-THE-ROAD-FINE" specimen of the FEW I have been privileged to see and behold.  Dr. Ginn began collecting in the late 1930's, and ONLY COLLECTED THE BEST...to which Champion Hill Relics ONLY offers the BEST to YOU.  Having been through Dr. Ginn's 0ver 60+ year collecting, through the truly multi-million dollar private CS/Virginia CS collectors...now for sale on the "open market" EVER to YOU.  CS personal collections of nothing of the BEST, this one comes to consignment now to YOU--never offered to market These "Flat-Blade" Cavalry Officer swords of B, G & M are so easily recognizable with their thick, smooth, NO fuller/blood-groove in the large beautiful 33.5" long blade.  Total length is just shy of 40" long.  The handle/grip and basket are also very distinctive in their curved, elongated form, as well as the style/form of the pommel cap. As well, the wooden handle was "grooved" before being wrapped, to allow a nice recessed grooving for the wiring to be done, as is seen in all of these specimens.  This blade has the most SCRUMPTIOUS, un-touched, un-sharpened, DEEP, RICH, SMOOTH steely grey patina that is PERFECT in TOTAL EYE APPEAL!  The blade and sword are TIGHT, with an UN-TOUCHED PEEN in the distinctive pommel cap.  The ORIGINAL copper wire and leather wrap are SPECTACULAR--such was the HIGHEST QUALITY acquired in the 1930's/1940's through Dr. Ginn's legendary collection.  .  There is virtually no wear, whatsoever, with the classically CS copper wiring having turned a very deep, dark reddish-brown patina (from the "textbook? and classic CS low-zinc, high copper content CS "brass", as zinc was of short and decried demand in the Southern Confederacy)..  All-brass wiring was originally used on these early-war swords, but by 1862, the zinc to make brass was needed more desperately for accoutrements and weaponry, thus plain copper wiring with little or now zinc content (brass is zinc and copper smelted together) was employed.  Obviously being in such "minty" condition, this Boyle, Gamble & MacFee CS Cavalry Officer's sword was issued to a cavalry officer who did NOT "draw his sword" much!  NO WAY, or the grip, wiring, peen, and the blade would show more use and exposure to the rigors of prolonged combat and service wear.  And being collected by Dr. Ginn's renowned collection--and that of others through private sales through over 60+ years of the BEST of the Confederate "Cold Steel", it bears all the quality, as well as "textbook" and archetypical CS cruder, desperate manufacturing traits (wet-sand casted inclsuions, brass/copper freeze casting inclusions and hurried production qualities of all archetypical CS-manufactured pieces).  No, this one is NOT one of the ones casted with B, G & M's marking/etching--IF IT WAS....you'd pay 3 TIMES this price to get it!!!  The utter desperation to supply the soldiers/officers in the field outweighed the "luxury" of time that was not the Confederacy to have, in equipping her famed "wizards in the saddle" to fight their Northern Invaders.

Here's YOUR CHANCE to get THE FINEST of THE RAREST of Confederate Cavalry Officer's Swords.  She's ready for ANY MUSEUM...and WORTHY of YOUR COLLECTION.

GOOD LUCK finding one BETTER and Cheaper!  Such is how Champion Hill Relics provides the BEST for LESS!

$2798  Sale Pending/Layaway


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Stunning, Museum-Quality & RARITY CS Officer's Sword

Ultra-Rare College Hill Arsenal CS Officer's Variant

Phenomenal Untouched ORIGINAL Condition

The College Hill Arsenal only had mere MONTHS to Produce their most Coveted Swords of the Confederacy (since Nashville fell right after Ft. Fonelson fell in Feb. 1862)


Killer Example w/ALL Textbook Casting Traits - Inclusions, Anomalies/Gass bubbles - GORGEOUS Original Painted Canvas Wrap & Iron Wire INTACT!

And the HITS KEEP ON COMING!!!  Oh yeah....THIS IS IT, my friends!  If YOU have wanted THE PERFECT, one of the RAREST of the RARE, CS-produced Officer's sword that embodies EVERYTHING about the young, desperate, yet ever-resourceful young Confederacy was....THIS IS IT!  Just a hair over 40" total length of COLD SOUTHERN STEEL!

This is the extremely rare College Hill Arsenal variant of their CS Officer's Swords.  The College Hill Arsenal is an entire field of study in and of itself, concerning it's critical, strategic, and short-lived service to Tennessee and the early months of the Confederacy.  Located in Nashville, it and the Nashville Plow Works--literally "turning plow-shears into swords" for the war--would earn their place not only in their beautiful and most coveted swords and variants they produced, but the speed and resourcefulness they quickly produced all they could for their state and the Confederacy against the on-coming Yankee invaders.  These two companies wouldn't have even a year, but MERE MONTHS to produce their swords and products, as Nashville's doom was sealed once Ft. Donelson fell in mid-February of 1862.  General Forrest--refusing to surrender at Ft. Donelson, but literally cut (and swim icy waters) his way to Nashville in escape to fight--would be key in getting some of the machinery form these firms shipped-out, the rest destroyed, and many other military goods saved (and others unable to take, destroyed) in the face of the Federals mere miles up the roads.

This specific variant is known by it's distinctive tine/basket design and form, as well as the pommel-cap, with the usual crude wet-sand-casting flaws and anomalies, mold-seams, casting inclusion, gas bubble in the main tine, as well as the distinctive grip form and style--these variant swords noted as being painted-canvas covered with iron wire.  This specimen offered to you is 100% UNTOUCHED, 100% INTACT, 100% ORIGINAL, 100% KILLER COLD SOUTHERN STEEL!  The INTACT painted-canvas wrap with iron wire show only the most minor wear to be found--barely a few spots where the painted-canvas in the weave has flecked-off...you have to look REAL CLOSE to even see any!  The wire is QUITE TIGHT, despite being 152 years old!  Just LOOK at the MANY PICS provided, and you'll see!!!  I have only seen (let alone HOLD) VERY FEW painted-canvas grips that were truly original and in such fine condition.  Since the entire sword is in equally STUNNING and GORGEOUS condition, this sword went to a high-ranking officer who didn't have to expose this baby to the elements and wear and tear of your average "grunts" in the field.  And thank God, for we have this in ALL IT'S GLORY!  The brass has the most scrumptious mellowed hue, including beautiful tiny areas dotted in the sand-casted surface have started that gorgeous lime-green patina speckles.  The casting seam seen so clearly in the pommel cap is so CLASSICALLY "JOHNNY REB"!  Same with the wet-sand casting inclusion, texture, and even the gas-bubble in the main tine.  The peen in the pommel is absolutely TIGHT and UNTOUCHED.  This baby EVEN HAS THE ORIGINAL LEATHER SCABBARD WASHER!  Now....let's talk about the BLADE!  35" long, with NO sharpening, NO dings...NOT EVEN a "flea-bite" I can see anywhere!  And it is UN-SHARPENED, with the most perfect, dark, smoky, smooth patina all up and down both sides of the blade, with NO OXIDATION or RUSTING or PITTING WHATSOEVER! 


$3298  SOLD!

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PUBLISHED, Rare CS Arsenal-Made D-Guard Bowie!

Picked-Up off Lookout Mountain Battlefield in 1880's!

Published in BOTH Seminal CS Bowie/Fighting Knife Reference Books "The Confederate Bowie Knife Guide" and "The UPDATED Confederate Bowie Knife Guide" Authored by my Esteemed friend, Mr. Lee Hadaway

Killer "Sheffield" English-Imported Blade Converted by a CS Arsenal into a KILLER D-GUARD!

Signed Original Letter & COPY of His 1st Book with it Published Within FROM Author Lee Hadaway to Accompany this KILLER CS D-Guard Fighting Knife!

Oh....you know me!  I love them RARE....CONFEDERATE....and with some KILLER-COOL facets/attributes...100% "RIGHTEOUS" and LEGIT...MUSEUM-QUALITY, and how about PUBLISHED?!?!

Well....THIS ONE HAS IT ALL!  As seen in the truly seminal, CAN'T DO WITHOUT CS Bowie/D-Guard Fighting Knife Reference guides by my great friend and colleague --Mr. Lee Hadaway-- in both his 1st then "Updated" editions of " The Confederate Bowie Knife Guide," HERE IT IS!  It is a most RARE and UNIQUE specimen in so many facets.  For starters--it is NOT "dug," but indeed a battlefield pick-up upon the heights atop Lookout Mountain, found in the 1880's (as explained in his book, and in Mr. Hadaway's letter with specificity).  It is also clearly of the quality that it is clearly a CS arsenal-made specimen, and not some cruder, local-made or small-shop "job" in making this MASSIVE D-guard.  It's rarer still in that the blade is made from an imported "Sheffield"-marked blade--which thankfully for it being a "battlefield pick-up" and the wood-handle missing, WE CAN SEE THE "Sheffield" maker-marking!  How cool is THAT?!?! 

The total length is 24.75" LONG!  The blade is 16.26" long, and it starts at 2" wide!  As you can see in the pics below--it's THE ONE AND ONLY...and ONLY ONE KNOWN TO EXIST!


Now...The only way I could make this deal any better would be to get one of those 7 "Cave Guns" found on Lookout Mountain, where the Johnnies left those horrid "longarms" that were SO BAD, they left them in the cave!  Sorry...I get the BEST...but ALL the BEST!  This will have to do!

$1998  Sold!


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Excellent, Rare, Historic Early Battlefield Pick-Up/Early-Dug Virginia Manufactury Sword

Coming from the Richmond, VA-area by Famed Collecting Father/Son Duo of Gary Warren & His father in the 1950's

Letter of Authenticity & Provenance Signed and w/Pics & History from My Great Friend & Renowned Relic Dealer, Mr. Tom Hays, of Stones River Trading Company

100% Complete, Intact, EXCELLENT "Relic" Condition!

It's so NICE, You Could Have a Grip Made for it, and it would be worth ANOTHER $1,000 !!!  But we like it "as-is"

It is my highest honor to present to you--and my greatest gratitude to my great friend for consigning this most historic piece of American/Virginia military history--this most excellent, ALL-ORIGINAL, 100% INTACT,  "RELIC-MINTY" condition, 200+ year old Virginia Manufactory Sword.  Beginning in 1804, the State of Virginia--being the LARGEST and WEALTHIEST state in the very young "union"--began producing it's own now famed Virginia Manufactory Swords.  The nation had, since it's first President of  George Washington, and through Adams and Jefferson, the international pressure of being pulled in-between France and our old enemy--but "mother-country"--of England, as France underwent it's famous "revolution" and Napoleon came to power, and fought all European countries (and darn near BEAT EVERYONE in Europe!), and both counties levied for America's support.  Choosing "neutrality" caused a LOT of tension--especially with England--and America had to prepare for another possible war against either country--which they had fought BOTH countries in the previous century (French & Indian War and the British in our Revolution).  Thus, Virginia lead the way gearing-up to fill their arsenals for their militia's.  It would be the Federal 1808 "Militia Act" --forcing state's to prepare their own standing militia forces for government service, equipped and trained to fight at a moment's notice, since the Federal Government had a very tiny budget, and thus tiny standing army/navy--the State of Virginia contracted the "Virginia Manufactory" with the production of these HEAVY DRAGOON SABERS and SCABBARDS, which would become of great service to the eventual conflagration America feared: the War of 1812 with Britain.  Though they would continue production of these through 1821, the vast majority were produced before and during the War of 1812.  The overwhelming majority of existing specimens bear Virginia Cavalry regimental markings from the War of 1812.  These HIGH-QUALITY, MASSIVE, and STURDY swords were so good, that they would be of use AGAIN in the Mexican War from 1846-1848, and of course...THE BIG ONE...the War Between the States.  When secession lead rapidly to WAR, the Virginia armories and militia's had these ready for issuance to the new Virginia Cavalry Regiments.  Some were even cut-down into smaller, shorter swords.  But ALL were put into service ASAP, as the sudden TOTAL WAR and influx of tens of thousands of troops WITHOUT ARMS were amassing around the Confederacy's new capitol of Richmond, Virginia.

Offered here is a KILLER, SUPERB early battlefield pick-up/early dug BEAUTIFUL, COMPLETE, and OUTSTANDING "relic-minty" condition VA Manufactory full-length sword, coming from Gary Warren, who's father acquired it just outside of Richmond in the late 1950's.  My good friend, and renowned Civil War dealer, Mr. Tom Hays of "Stones River Trading Company", originally sold this to the consignor, and his Letter of Authenticity states the provenance clearly.  Tom's letter shall obviously stay with the sword to the new owner.  It appears to be a 3rd model, by the slotted and thinner guard--I can't be certain, as I would have to know what wiring it had, but I can't since it has no wood-handle/leather nor wire grip at all (which CONFIRMS it was OUTSIDE on a battlefield for some few decades  after the war, OR dug early, because if it were a "barn sword" or "attic sword" it would still have some wood grip and leather/wiring!)  It truly is in INCREDIBLE condition, with the multiple blood-grooves VERY DISTINCT, NO DAMAGE AT ALL, having ALL the metal pieces intact and full-length blade, a GORGEOUS even and deep, dark "relic" patina (it didn't "rust" in the ground, or in an attic or barn!), and the ENTIRE SWORD has the most beautiful barely softened metal surface--again confirming this was an EARLY battlefield pick-up or un-earthed specimen.  It's SO NICE, that a nefarious dealer or person could EASILY have it re-gripped, with some "aging" to it to match, and sell as an "attic" complete sword--making at least another $1,000 on top of the price we're selling it at!  And perhaps YOU could do it for your own DISPLAY, as it would look so beautiful to have a restored grip added to it.  But I personally LOVE IT the WAY IT IS!


What a BEAUTIFUL and MONEY-SAVING piece of Virginia & CONFEDERATE history!!!


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Phenomenal, Utterly "Priceless" & Historic, ID'ed CS Sword & Scabbard of Lt. Col. George W. Shannon, Company C "Prairie Rifles,"  11th Mississippi Infantry

Has Impeccable Pedigree & Trail of Ownership & it's Acquisition Directly from Lt. Colonel George Shannon

Originally Gifted to his local friend,  Raymon Gillum Sr., Circa-1900, for Display at his Store "Gillum's General Merchandise" within their Hometown of Okolono, MS

Would be Sold by the Son, Raymon Gillum Jr, on August 11, 1966 to CS Collector James C. Harris of Corinth

See Attached NOTARIZED January 16, 1970-dated Affidavit of These Facts, when Harris Sold to "Jackson Arms - Antique and Collector's Guns" of Dallas, Texas

See Original March 31, 1979-dated "Jackson Arms" Receipt when Sold to William Bauer, then Sold to the Current Owner/Consignor on August 13, 1988

George W. Shannon would Enlist at 21 years old, as 3rd Sgt. within Company C, famous 11th Mississippi, and slowly be promoted through the Ranks to his final Lt. Colonel rank approved by CS Secretary of War John Seddon, for Commanding the 11th Mississippi until it's final demise on April 5th, 1865 at the Battle of Hatcher's Run, Virginia

Shannon would be WOUNDED in THREE BATTLES--His Last Wounding during the Epic "Pickett's Charge" where the 11th Mississippi would sustain a 98% casualty rate

Inspected by World-Renowned Antique Sword Author, Dealer, & Appraiser, Mr. Richard H. Bezdek, w/His Hand-Written Letter Regarding This SWORD

Over 100+ Pages of Documentation, History, Muster Rolls, Original Receipts, etc, INCLUDING 16" X 16" Matted Print (in "3-D") of the 11th's Flag Captured at Gettysburg

It is my GREAT HONOR and PRIVILEGE to offer this truly "priceless" piece of Civil War/Confederate/Mississippi HISTORY, which bespeaks of the horrific sacrifice of both the original Mississippi Confederate officer's blood (wounded in THREE DIFFERENT BATTLES), but of almost ALL of his fellow "brothers-in-arms" in the famed 11th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, Company C "Prairie Rifles," and later promoted to Lt. Colonel by CS Secretary of War, John Seddon, and lead the remnants of this regiment to their final demise at the April 5th, 1865 Battle of Hatcher's Run, Virginia.  To be very blunt this is the "condensed" description, pics, and all documentation, history, pedigree of ownership, provenance, et al (over 100 pages, including a folder PACKED with all info, and IF you wanted EVERY document on him in the National Archives...that's 93 ALONE!).

 George W. Shannon enlisted "officially" April 22, 1861 (was with the local company of the "Prairie Rifles" not attached with a regiment YET), in his hometown of Okolono, Mississippi (which will come "full-circle" as it was the Gillum General Merchandise Store IN OKOLONA around 1900, where the original owner of the store, Raymon Gillum Sr., opened the store in the late 1800's, and was personal friends with George Shannon, to whom Shannon gave THIS SWORD TO, ad was in the store until the son sold the sword to James Harris of Corinth, MS....there's an entire 1970-dated and NOTARIZED letter of this pedigree as you shall see!)  George W. Shannon's official enlistment in Company C, the "Prairie Rifles", which had already mustered in March of 1861 BEFORE Fort Sumter, was April 22nd,  that is when they were formally incorporated within the famed 11th Mississippi Infantry Regiment.  Company A was strictly the "University Grays" of Ol' Miss, as many of you--and WE MISSISSIPPIAN'S KNOW!  Shannon was elected as a 3rd Sergeant from the company's induction, and quickly rose to 1st Sgt. (highest non-com in a company back then--the "top sergeant"!)  He was promoted to Lieutenant in the winter of 1861, then elected Captain on May 1st, 1862, being the full Company Commander for Company C.  They were already with the Army of Northern Virginia, and were active in then CS army commander Joseph E. Johnston's "maneuvers" (more like RETREAT) in front of US General McClellan's Peninsular Campaign, to which McClellan got within 9 MILES of the CS Capitol at Richmond--could see "the church spires of Richmond," as he gleefully wrote to President Lincoln.  Though Johnston actually did finally "gave battle" at the bloody and indecisive Battle of Seven Pines on May 31st, 1862, which Captain Shannon bravely led the men in a grand charge of the enemy, driving them from their position (a New York regiment), CS President Davis had had enough of Johnston's retreating.  Davis would call-up General Robert E. Lee from his Carolina Coastal defense and department, to take-over the Army of Northern Virginia.  Lee immediately went on the offensive, as McClellan's 100,000-strong army was spread-out so wide, that Lee--coupled with the freshly victorious "Stonewall" Jackson from his phenomenal "Valley" campaign, defeating 3 Union armies with only his one Corps of "Foot Cavalry"-POUNCED on the right wing of Mac's army, under Porter, at Gaine's Mill/Farm on June 27th.  It was here that Captain Shannon was wounded for the FIRST time, leading the charge against the Federals.  He would mend in a Richmond, then a Lynchburg hospital, in time to be back with his men to parry the thrust of another Federal "On to Richmond" campaign, and deliver another crushing blow to the invaders at the Battle of 2nd Manassas, where yet again in the LARGEST, MOST-COORDINATED ATTACK in the entire War by either side--Longstreet's famous flank attack on the Federal's left-flank--would overwhelm the enemy, and our Captain Shannon was wounded the 2nd time.  Captain Shannon would need to mend much longer, missing the entire Maryland Campaign and Battles of South Mountain and Sharpsburg. 

 He would return to the regiment and his Company for the climactic Battle of Gettysburg.  Their regiment would fight during the 2nd day, but it was the famous Pickett's Charge where the 11th Mississippi, among several other regiments of the "charge" would lose almost 100% casualties...killed, wounded, captured, missing.  (1st Tennessee at the "clump of trees" with CS General Armistead was mortally wounded with, also had 99% casualty rate).  Here is where Captain Shannon would receive his 3rd wounding in the desperate charge.  The men got to literally grapple hand-to-hand with the Federals, but it was a slaughter.  Only 9 men in Captain Shannon's Company C were "un-harmed" in the charge.  It was Captain Shannon's Sergeant, William O'Brian, was HONORED with being the Color-Sergeant, carrying the colors and leading the entire regiment--and meet the same hail of lead and iron that cut them almost ALL to pieces, and their battleflag be captured--all around the Brian Barn.  Here the Company A "University Grays" "Ol Miss" University would suffer 100% casualty rate. The 11th Mississippi's beloved Battleflag was captured by a Federal 1st Sgt. Ferninado Maggi of the 39th New York, of he "Garibaldi Guards," as was hand- inscribed upon the battleflag.  A beautiful "3-D" matted print of the flag (measuring 16" X 16") comes with the sword, obviously.

 Given the enormous casualties sustained, the regiment still fought-on, and re-organized with new recruits--and conscripts--from Mississippi.  The officer's and NCO's took such a heavy loss at Gettysburg, and Shannon and many others were promoted "up the ladder" of leadership, promoted to Major (3rd in-command of the regiment) until officially designated the Regimental Commander and the rank of Lt. Colonel--by approval of the CS Secretary of War John Seddon--in December 1864.  He would fight through the bloody battles of Grant's 1864 "meat-grinding" campaign of attrition, at the Wilderness, then absent sick until back to fighting at Hanover Junction, Bethesda Church, the repulse of Grant's assaults upon the Weldon Railraod near Petersburg, and the long, harsh last winter of the Army of Northern Virginia, besieged around Petersburg.  He was left with only 64 men of the entire 11th Miss. Regiment by March 25th, 1865, as Grant began assaults along the Petersburg line for the final blow.  On the 25th alone, the they lost more men (the 1908 Mississippi Military History has the ranks of Shannon and others in-correct--but 40+ years of the memories of vets aren't always expected to be completely accurate--but the ORIGINAL MUSTER ROLLS and 93 pages of wartime documents in the National Archives are shown below, and given to the future owner!) but does correctly account for the last battle for the 11th and Lt. Colonel in-command George Shannon, at the April 5th Battle of Hatcher's Run, where the Federals had already broken through the CS siege lines, and many pockets of the disintegrating Army of Northern Virginia were on a fighting retreat.  The 11th was almost completely surrounded, despite their gallant stand and attempt to break-free from the encircling Federal infantry and cavalry.  This is where Lt. Col. Shannon gathered the men by the spring rain-swollen creek of Hatcher's Run, commanded the regiment as officially "disbanded" and to make a break as best they could.  The flag (replaced Richmond Depot last pattern, issued to the regiment after having their previous battleflag captured at Gettysburg) was "ripped into shreds, tied them to the pole and threw them in the stream.  Some escaped by swimming, among them Major J. J. Evans of the Staff of General Davis, but most surrendered."

 Shannon would "take the oath" and return to his hometown of Okolona.  THIS is where the sworn/notarized affidavit of James C. Harris of Corinth, MS comes-in, explaining how Shannon was friends (Okolona was and STILL IS a SMALL RURAL TOWN!) with the store owner, Raymon Gillum (Sr.) and would give him this sword.  This was his FIRST sword--more on that in a minute.  Anyway, Gillum's son was still operating the "Gillum General Merchandise Store" in 1966, when CS collector James C. Harris of Corinth (James was one of the many "pioneer" collectors in Confederate pieces, thanks to the interest generated by the Centennial) convinced Gillum to sell Shannon's CS sword and scabbard that had hung in the store since the turn-of-the-century, on August 11th, 1966.  On January 16th, 1970, James Harris had a sworn & notarized affidavit describing all this (it's the 1st pic attached--YES, we have THE ORIGINAL and ONLY affidavit!), and described it PERFECTLY as "Confederate unmarked secondary sword" and so on, even the length (35.5" total sword length).  This is when he sold to a Dallas, Texas collector and dealer in antique weapons, called "Jackson Arms".  On March 31st, 1979, there is the original sales receipt from "Jackson Arms" whereby this "UNMARKED CS "D" GUARD SABER W/DOCUMENTS SHOWING OWNERSHIP TO CAPT. GEO. W. SHANNON Co. C - 11th MISS. INF." for the price of $350!  It was sold to William Bauer, another "pioneer" CS collector who has long since died.  Bauer would sell it to MY CONSIGNER on August 13th, 1988, written on the original "Jackson Arms" receipt.   This is when my consigner started getting all the information and history he could--see attached 1989 Geneologist's Letters out of Vienna, VA (Vienna is in Arlington, VA--just across from DC and the National Archives).  This is where two different copies of late 1800's, early 1900's "Confederate Veteran" periodicals from the UCV that were printed and published for the old vets, where Shannon and the 11th were noted within, as well as a copy of the Mississippi Military History Records. 

 This is where the world-renowned antique sword collector, dealer, and author, Mr. Richard H. Bezdek, comes-in!  The current owner/consignor REALLY IS one of THE TOP CS COLLECTORS....good friends with ALL the "big DOGS" like Bezdek!  The consignor sent him pictures of three of his CS swords at the time--which Bezdek hand-writes his very cordial and "informal" response, given their personal friendship.  Bezdek starts the letter by saying "What a very nice group of Confederate Swords.  They all look correct and legitimate." One is a Kenansville, NC "Froelich" CS cavalry sword, the other is a "Foot Artillery Sword" being a "Dog River" sword , and then OUR SHANNON SWORD & SCABBARD. He describes the sword in all facets, how it is of the far older pattern [copied from the British and the French] made before, during and after the War of 1812.  He states, "this scabbard looks like it was probably made locally during the Civil War."  Then writes and encircles "Probably a Confederate Armory."  The scabbard is a CLASSICALLY CRUDE/CS/Southern ALL-BRASS scabbard and mountings, with the intact brass sling-rings still present!  It was never made with any wiring, as was common for this style & model--many were just leather-wrapped grips, like this sword, others with polished whale's tooth or bone, and some with Ivory grips--but WITHOUT wiring...only "ribbed" handles.  Mr. Bezdek ends by declaring, "I have never seen a sword like this, but as you know, the Confederates used any sword they could get in the early years of the War."  NO ONE (as Bezdek also noted of his own experience) has EVER seen a sword like this!  It was a locally-made sword, and has ALL the classic CS manufacture traits for a very early-war sword, AND for a SERGEANT--NOT an "Officer"!  The sword, based on the far older design of the "revers-P" ,or "D"-guard, was copied from the British in the early 1800's, and the US used this style and model through the 1840's, mainly for cavalry, artillery, dragoons, and officers.  This one is WAY smaller (noted by Bezdek) than those MASSIVE pattern model swords.  It is believed (just as Bezdek also wrote) that this was a local Mississippi/Okolono-made sword and scabbard, having only a leather-wrapped ribbed handle--NO WIRING.  The smaller size, crudeness of the all-brass scabbard, conservation of materials (the smaller size, no wiring) are your classic CS-manufacture traits.  And it's SMALLER SIZE (35.5" long) is THAT of an NCO sword--Shannon was a SERGEANT for A FULL YEAR before becoming an Officer!  Once he was promoted as a true officer, he would be ISSUED, or privately purchase, but was BY REGULATION, to have an "OFFICER'S SWORD"....period.  Thus, this sword went back home after he was promoted--he had several furloughs to go back home, including the last one that was "Special Order" by none-other than General R. E. Lee-signed "Leave of Indulgence" in February, 1865 (in his muster rolls provided below), so this is why THIS SWORD was able to go back home during the times he went home as an officer, with his OFFICER SWORD.  Thankfully, that is why he had THIS SWORD was present to be given to his friend, Raymon Gillum and his "Gillum General Merchandise Store" there in Okolono, Mississippi!

THIS....IS....HISTORY....WORTHY of ANY Museum....




Just A Small "Taste" of EVERYTHING that  comes with This Sword & Scabbard!

Modern Print of the 11th Mississippi's charge during "Pickett's Charge" around the Brian Barn, where Captain Shannon would receive his 3rd Battle-Wound, and the Colors of the 11th MS were Captured by First Seargent Ferninado Maggi, 39th New York, "Garibaldi Guards", which was written upon the flag after the Battle. This flag is now in the Museum of the Confederacy, Richmond Virginia


11th Mississippi Monument to Captain Shannon's own Company C Sergeant--Color Sergeant William O'Brian--who would LEAD the 11th during Pickett's Charge...and DIE with most of his fellow Mississippians, and the Colors be Captured, despite the Desperate Defense of the beloved Battleflag


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Superb, "Minty" & RARE CS Haiman Brothers of Columbus, GA CS Artillery Saber & Original Scabbard

Phenomenal All-Original, Complete, UN-TOUCHED Example of the VERY SCARCE Haiman Brothers' CS-Made Copy of the US Model 1840 Artillery Saber (usually Issued to OFFICERS During the War)

Classic Haiman Traits All-Over, 100% Intact Original Wire, Wrap, TIGHT Blade, UN-Sharpened Un-Stopped Fuller Blade, NO DAMAGE, NO DINGS, NO REPAIRD

Bears ALL the Classic Haiman Production Traits: Forging "Fault Lines" on the Blade in the Ricasso, Long And Crude Haiman "Lap Seam" all the way down PERFECT, Made-To-Fit (as they all were) Scabbard, Single-Strand Copper Wire, Crude Sand-Casting "Voids" and Anomalies in Guard, Iron Drag

The BEST of the RAREST I've EVER have SEEN!

When I told y'all I had acquired some KILLER, "MUSEUM-QUALITY", RAREST pieces that I was gonna be offering...you know me well enough by now I wasn't joking!  This here is yet ANOTHER truly "Museum-Quality," RARE, Confederate-made copy of the US Model 1840 Artillery Saber & Scabbard, made by the famed brothers of Elijah and Louis Haiman of Columbus, Georgia.  The Haiman Brothers facility, combined with the entire concentration of production of all war and civilian material, transportation, storage, logistical hub, and safe DEEP SOUTH location would make the otherwise quaint town into one of the LARGEST Confederate Depots of the entire Confederacy.  Haiman Brothers would eventually employ over 400 workers, producing everything from their famous Officer, Infantry Field & Staff to Foot-Officers, Cavalry, Artillery, Naval, & made-to-order swords.  On top of that, they even produced a copy of the Colt "Navy" revolver, knives, accoutrements, and other war-material--but it would ALWAYS be their SWORDS that were produced in greatest quantity, and in today's collecting arena, the great quality, collectability, and desirability of Haiman-produced swords.

And THIS ONE is not only a RARE Haiman-produced Artillery Saber & Scabbard, but the FINEST I have EVER had to offer!

The vast majority of surviving CS-produced copies of the US Model 1840 Artillery Saber & Scabbard were notably produced by the famed Richmond, Virginia massive firm of Boyle & Gamble.  Their production traits, like most all CS maker's, are VERY distinctive.  The same is even MORE SO with the Haiman Brother's-produced swords and scabbards!  Their exclusive traits are ALL FOUND upon THIS Artillery Saber & Scabbard!  And that is simply AMAZING, in and of itself!  That's why not only the RARITY of this scarcely-produced/surviving today Artillery Saber & Scabbard by Haiman is so incredible, AND the INCREDIBLE GORGEOUS, UN-TOUCHED CONDITION that this rare beauty is in, but to have ALL the known Haiman production traits to be exhibited on one piece...yeah, IT BELONGS IN A MUSEUM!  The most common construction traits found on most Haiman's is in their distinct forging "fault-lines" around the ricasso (seen on BOTH SIDES on this specimen!)  As well, the distinctive rather LARGE/PRONOUNCED crude "lap-seam" soldering of the scabbard, bearing brass mounts but iron drag and body.  Then comes the usage of single-strand copper wire with the russet-leather wrap (early-on, some swords had twisted brass wiring, but later as the zinc used with copper to make "brass" became so scarce, they went to just copper wiring, and later in greater shortages, used painted cotton-canvas for the wrap, and just mere iron-wiring.)  The quillion, pommel cap, and "D" guard (as was the design of the M1840, with a long, sweeping curved 32" blade) of the Haiman-made specimens have a more distinctive arching-our quillion, flatter pommel-cap, and with sand-casting/cruder finishing inclusions, voids, and anomalies.  This one has ALL of them "in SPADES"!  The entire sword is 100% ORIGINAL...100% INTACT and TIGHT, from the un-touched PEEN of the blades' spine through that handle and out the pommel-cap, to the TIGHT blade, original scabbard leather throat inside the design casted in-lay for the scabbard throat washer, the 100% INTACT Copper Wire & Russet-Leather Wrap, UN-SHARPENED and UN-DAMAGED full 32" sweeping curved blade, bearing NO DINGS or nary a "flea bite" to the blade, the most scrumptious original blade and scabbard patina--the blade that deep, NO-PITTING smooth dark black/brown patina, and the scabbard being exposed more the the "elements" has the rich dark gray-chocolate hue over the entire surface area.  The brass mounts are classically 100% Haiman-style exclusively, with usual casting voids/anomalies, and all are TIGHT and present!  This was clearly an early-produced specimen, given that the brass used had more zinc content than later specimens--only a little "reddish" hues here and there from the CS copper within the brass mixture--and using russet leather, all point to probably 1862/1863 production (not as "fancy" as early Haiman sword with all-brass twisted wiring and black leather, but also not your typical 1864 through 1865-produced Haiman's with cotton painted-canvas and HIGH copper content, and thus "reddish" hue to the brass).  The scabbard has the usual "anti-rattle" dings in it--as it should for a truly ISSUED and IN-FIELD & COMBAT-USED BLADE...an Artillery Officer being on HORSEBACK whenever on the move!

These were NOT meant to be issued to the average "gunner" in an artillery battery--that's why the US had the Model 1832 Short Artillery Swords (the "Roman Gladiator" short swords) which the Confederacy also produced, as well.  These were intended for the officer's within the batteries, and thus why so few of these models were made or issued--and the ones that were are usually in very good original condition.  THIS ONE, however, is in PHENOMENAL CONDITION for a CS-made and ISSUED for  TRUE FIELD & COMBAT SERVICE.  As y'all well know, most CS-used ANYTHING looks like it was "rode-hard, put-home wet", surviving the grueling 4 years of war, and the 150+ years hence, barely intact.  NOT SO with this BEAUTY!

You will NOT find a BETTER, CHEAPER example of this RARE Haiman Brothers CS Artillery Saber & Scabbard...and you'll NEVER need to "up-grade"!

$3698  SOLD


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"Holy Grail" of CS Field & Staff Officer Swords

The Boyle & Gamble, ETCHED-BLADE (with "CSA" and "Crossed Flags" Motifs) Field & Staff Officer's Sword



Beautiful "Boyle & Gamble Richmond VA" Etched Maker's-Marking and Wonderful Fully Etched Blade

No, you do NOT have the CHANCE to even SEE a Boyle & Gamble ETCHED-BLADE, with MAKER'S-MARK, original (and UNTOUCHED--instead of all the MONKEY-BUSINESS going on these days)...let alone to find one with it's ORIGINAL INTACT SCABBARD!  Thus, you can take a GOOD LONG LOOK, for this is a RARE OPPORTUNITY.  Boyle & Gamble of Richmond, Virginia, were a stalwart supplier to the Confederacy, producing all forms of swords it could, despite all the skilled-labor and raw material shortages.  Their swords have become "iconic" of the Confederate-made swords, given their location (the capitol of the Confederacy) and that SO MANY CS OFFICERS and many artillery and cavalrymen would be issued (though the most predominant swords used by the Southern soldier was a pre-war sword, BY FAR, as CS-made sword production could NEVER have EVER met the true demand for their blades in the field.)

This is already a RARE beauty, being as it has the CLEAR etched "CSA" as well as "Crossed Flags" motif upon the full 29.5" blade, but the LEGIBLE Boyle & Gamble of Richmond, Virginia maker's-etching as well.  But even rarer-still is the fact it has 2-twine brass wiring fully INTACT upon the handle!  [Note: all the CS brass here has MUCH HIGHER copper content, from their zinc shortage, and thus a far more "red/brown" color to their brass--hallmark CS trait.]  Usually, a simple copper wire was the STANDARD and TYPICAL sword grip wiring.  But obviously NOT for such a HIGH QUALITY and GRADE blade meant for a HIGH-RANKING Confederate Field & Staff officer.  There is decorative painting upon the handle which is wearing-off wonderfully to expose the BEAUTIFUL CS russet leather wrapping! {Yes...THEY OFTEN PAINTED the handles a certain color....it's well known and seen, from simple enlistedmen's cavalry sabers to the finest "CSA" Kenansville Guard Field & Staff Officer's Sword!  As with this specimen and other "Field & Staff Officer Swords", they were painted a buff-white color--which was the COLLAR and CUFF color used to indicate a MAJOR GENERAL or other Field and Staff high-ranking officer.}  The entire sword is UNTOUCHED--NO DAMAGE....NO REPAIRS...NO "Re-Wraps"....NO MONKEY-BUSINESS.  The blade has NOT been sharpened or colored--what you see is WHAT YOU GET!  And nary a FLEA-BITE nor NICK on the beautiful full blade!  All the accompanying floral etched motifs are seen upon the blade--it's a beauty!  The original scabbard bears NO DAMAGE WHATSOEVER, NO REPAIRS, NO MISSING PARTS, and is SO STURDY--one usually is so cautious about taking a sword out of a leather scabbard, but this scabbard is SOLID and RIGID, with beautiful original leather black finish, and very supple leather, at that.  The classically high-copper content CS brass gives them all a most GORGEOUS accent to the entire set. 

I really don't know what more I can say--when you have something SO RARE...SO BEAUTIFUL....100% ORIGINAL and UNTOUCHED...a REAL "HOLY GRAIL"...I guess it's all up to the pictures to do the talking!  It's being sold under consignment out of one the the LARGEST, most REVERED CS collections and collectors...the future owner will be given his name...but it'll be our "secret"!



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Stunning, Unworldly Rare CS Imported, State of Georgia "G" Purchase Stamped, and "ISAAC & Co" Exclusive CS-Marked Imported British Pattern 1853 Cavalry Saber

The ONLY known specimen Cut-Down to Short Sword/Artillery/ Cutlass/ Mean Fighting Knife!

Inspected and "Blessed" by the CS Blade Guru's

EXCELLENT Untouched All-Original Specimen with VIVID "G" Georgia Purchase Stamping, and "ISAAC & Co" Exclusive CS Marking on Spine

Total Length being 24.5" long, and blade length of exactly 19.25" long

Super Condition, "Holy Grail" of CS Imported (and CS swords in GENERAL!)

A "Textbook" CS Specimen in EVERY SENSE

NEVER have I seen a LEGIT, PERIOD cut-down British famous Pattern 1853 Cavalry saber--imported exclusively by the Confederacy--let alone being an EXCLUSIVE "textbook" and "Holy Grail" specimen of being the wartime State of Georgia purchased/and so-stamped with the Georgia "G" ownership marking VIVIDLY CLEAR upon the ricasso, AND the EXCLUSIVE CS exporter's demarcation of "ISAAC & Co" of the Issac Campbell and Company CS supplier out of England.  It is LITERALLY a "textbook" specimen, as shown on page 109 of the SEMINAL CS Reference Book by Author/Dealer Mr. Shannon Pricthard's "Collecting the Confederacy" reference book (which, IF YOU DON'T HAVE--GO BUY ONE NOW!). The complete P1853 sword with all-iron scabbard would have had a matching "G" of the same stamp on the scabbard (see pic below).  This is NOT an IRON-HANDLE specimen, nor the simple "leather-wrapped" Mole-made specimen, but a HARDWOOD--maybe even gutta-percha--exquisitely checkered-gripped specimen, as so noted by others--and is in the MOST BEAUTIFUL, ORIGINAL, 100% period and UNTOUCHED, ONLY-KNOWN-TO-EXIST cut-down specimen for a short sword, Artillery Sword, Naval Cutlass, or ONE MEAN MOTHER "Bowie" fighting knife!  Coming STRAIT OUT OF GEORGIA, and now offered for sale through consignment from one of the most renowned collections, this 100% original, untouched, ATTIC MINTY specimen with the UN-DAMAGED and UN-REPAIRED checkered grips, and original just-fading dark back/grayish blade patina to the exactly 19.25" long cut-down "Clip-Point" blade is simply ASTOUNDING. Again, NO DAMAGE, NO REPAIRS, 100% FINEST QUALITY with the RAREST CS MARKINGS you will EVER FIND on one of these beauties--and THE ONLY-KNOWN-TO-EXIST cut-down specimens, at that!  I even showed it to CS fighting knife/Bowie Expert and "guru" and CS Bowie Knife author, Mr. Lee Hadaway, with his "Wow....KILLER!" response to it!

If you want the RAREST, FINEST, ONLY-KNOWN and MOST HISTORIC pieces, and at the BEST PRICES...just KEEP COMING BACK to Champion Hill Relics!

Good luck finding ANOTHER anywhere AT ALL, let alone this nice and this price!


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Massive 18" Georgia Soldier's ID'ed CS D-Guard

Exclusively ID'ed to Private Samuel P. Green, of Company K, 22nd Georgia Infantry Regiment

Letter of Sale from the GRANDDAUGHTER, herself, Mrs. Gail Wyett, attesting to her Grandfather's D-Guard & His published history being within the "First Families of Henry County [Georgia]" Genealogical History of Henry County

Fought HEAVILY at Sharpsburg--where he and his 22nd GA Infantry would fight within the "Bloody Lane", again at Chancellorsville for the Great Victory, and at Gettysburg, where Pvt. Samuel P. Green would help capture a Yankee Battery on July 2nd, 1863, only to become "disabled due to heavy lifting while the wagons were miring [in the horrible "mud-march"] retreat from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania,"  as Documented not Only in His Historical Account in "First Families of Henry County," but also Substantiated through ALL his Muster & Medical Rolls in the National Archives

It is with GREAT HONOR that I am to present and offer to you this incredible piece of published and documented HISTORY and MASSIVE, known D-Guard Confederate Fighting Bowie Knife found associated with Georgia troops (just recently published within John Phillip's new CS Fighting Knife Reference Book.)  This piece I had acquired late last year, and sold to a very good Georgia buddy of mine.  Unfortunately, he has some "health issues" suddenly, and is in need of what so many of us can always NEED MORE OF....MONEY.  So, with his great sadness, he is parting with this piece out of his collection, and consigned through me.  So if you "missed it" the first time earlier this year....HERE'S YOUR CHANCE.  This RARE BEAUTY is EXCLUSIVELY and IMPECCABLY ID'ed to Samuel P. Green of the 22nd GA Infantry, Company K, being PURCHASED DIRECTLY from the grand-daughter! She even signed a letter of sale, stating it was from her grandfather, and as she wrote, "is within the 'First Families' of Henry County' book...".  So, I contacted my old library in Stockbridge, GA (Henry County) back where we used to live for MANY YEARS, and the librarian was kind enough to send me the excerpts regarding him and his family history, as well as his specific history DURING THE WAR--where he was injured SEVERELY help "pull wagons along the retreat in Pennsylvania"--which the Official Records, National Archive Muster Rolls, and Civil War Data Systems ALL CONFIRM is TRUE!  He fought HEAVILY in the "Bloody Lane" at Sharpsburg (pics and history included), as well as the after-action report of the 22nd GA at Gettysburg, where they captured 3 Yankee cannon--and Pvt. Samuel P. Green WAS ALL THERE!  Whatever he did to injure himself SO BADLY helping in the terrible "mud-march" retreat from Gettysburg...it was so severe he had to be hospitalized...and eventual by the end of 1864, he just went AWOL (all his National Archives and Pension Records are provided with the pics attached).  The Henry County library was also kind enough to send his OBITUARY--which I have also attached--and is an amazing testimony to "one of the oldest living males of the county" (around 1910--it's all there for you to peruse!) It is a CLASSIC, PUBLISHED and KNOWN style, as seen within the new Josh Phillips Fighting Knives book--which shows it's EXACT dimensions and style with the langets, in which these specific D-Guards have all been exclusively found to be with Georgia troops/with Georgia provenance, as is the precise case with this one!  The quality and style being noted in enough quantity proves it to be of some arsenal/contracted workshop origin, and NOT some "local-made", nor small-batch "local" and crude construction.  His initials "S. P. G." are faintly, but legibly found carved into the handle.  It measures 18" total length, with a 13.5" blade.

Killer ID'ed Georgia D-Guard as published in Josh Phillip's new Confederate Bowie Fighting Knife reference book, and IMPECCABLY ID'ed DIRECTLY to Samuel P. Green of the 22nd Georgia Infantry--sold DIRECTLY by the granddaughter with REAMS of all supporting documentation...being injured and disabled upon the "mud-march" retreat after their heroic and bloody fighting and charging to capture a Federal Battery at Gettysburg.


$2898  SOLD



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THE Absolute FINEST of the RAREST....

The "Holy Grail" of Confederate Swords....

THE College Hill Arsenal Field & Staff Officer's Sword, w/Etched Blade "CSA" & First National Confederate Flag & Floral Motif


INTACT Original Wire & Wrap

Not Even a NICK or "Flea-Bite" on the Blade!

Coming from the Renowned Dr. Reeves' Collection

I can say that I have only seen with my own two eyes, TWO of these out of ALL the museums I have seen (so many museums, parks, archives---I couldn't possibly number them), and only another 2 in my time as a dealer.  The College Hill Arsenal Field & Staff Officer's sword is indeed a "HOLY GRAIL" of CS blades.  For one, they didn't even have a YEAR to produce these, physically!  Nashville became untenable to hold after the fall of Fort Donelson on February 16th, 1862, and was immediately abandoned.  Secondly, it was the owner of the College Hill Arsenal, Mr. L. T. Cunningham, who saw the beautiful "CSA" basket guard design of the Nashville Plow Works swords being produced, and acquired molds from Nashville Plow Works, obliterated the "NASHVILLE PLOW WORKS" from the die, and then produced their College Hill Arsenal version.  So, it was some time after NPW was producing theirs before Cunningham could see, "covet", and then acquire and copy their "CSA" basket guard design! 

AND THIS ONE is 100% COMPLETE and ORIGINAL...NO REPAIRS...NO LOOSE WIRING...NO SHARPENED BLADE....NO CLEANING to the BLADE NOR BASKET.  The original dark russet leather wrap is INTACT, with only the most minor wear to be seen.  All I've done to it is the proper, museum-quality conservation and beautification of the original russet leather wrap, by applying the WORLD ACCLAIMED, "By Order of Her Majesty", the Queen of England, Renaissance micro-crystalline wax, in order to help protect the organic leather for the ages, and I also wiped the same upon the blade.  Nothing more.  This was originally sold by my good friend, Mr. Nick Periut of Army of Tennessee Relics, to my dearest friend, and renowned 30+ year collector/appraiser of Civil War ephemera, Dr. Reeves--who is now selling this UNWORLDLY RARE BEAUTY!  As you can see in the many fine photo's below, it truly is "AS GOOD AS IT GETS!"  There are NO 100% KNOWN SCABBARDS for these (yes, one sword with fitting CS-made scabbard exist--but we can't prove it's THE "College Hill Arsenal" original made/mated scabbard for the sword!)  The Etching of both the "CSA" and the 1st Confederate National Flag are vividly clear--though their classic faint etching performed AT the TIME of PRODUCTION is the reason, and NOT from any pitting or wear.  Same is true with the flora motif on both sides of the blade--I'm sorry that the pics really don't SHOW the REAL appearance, which is better than I can photograph....the fluorescent, glare, tint, shadowing, focus, etc....it's the best I could do!  The "peen" is TIGHT, the wire is TIGHT, and the blade has only a minor wobble to it--anyone can shim it if they really get "nit-picky", but that's up to the future owner--everyone else is smart enough to leave this baby AS IS!  Total full original blade length of 31".  It bears the classically CRUDELY "clipped"/stopped fuller by the ricasso of the College Hill Arsenal specimens.  The blade patina has only minor wear and a "frosty" to "steely" grey appearance, and YES---not a NICK or even "flea-bite" on the blade's unsharpened, untouched edge!!!!  The GORGEOUSLY sand-casted "CSA" basket still has some of the original gold GILTING upon it!!!

Finest of the fine...and RAREST of the RARE!  Time to let the pictures do the rest of the talking for me....


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Exceptionally Rare & Gorgeous CS College Hill Arsenal Cavalry Officer's Sword

Stunningly Beautiful, 100% ORIGINAL, Spectacular UNTOUCHED Specimen

Coming FRESH from the Mississippi Estate of the Cotton Family--Prominent Confederate Ancestry

Without question, being one of the rarest and most desirable Confederate-made swords, any College Hill Arsenal/Nashville Plow Works sword carries a special place in every Confederate collector's heart.  I rarely get so enthralled with any item--especially Confederate swords.  Not that I don't like them, because I'm as true-blue Johnny Reb as the next Southern collector!  But few items really take sway over me.  This one REALLY put me "under the spell".  Any piece that can cause that effect upon me--such that I "fall in-love with it"--obviously has a lot going for it!  This is the Cavalry Officer's version of the "College Hill Arsenal" sword.  I put that name in parenthesis, as there is a modern divergence of opinion and belief by some "experts" in the field of Confederate swords, as to whether this is truly a College Hill Arsenal made piece, or actually a Nashville Plow Works piece made FOR College Hill Arsenal to retail for sale.  This specimen, for example, has the iron back-strap and the Nashville Plow Works style basket--but not having the Nashville Plow Works name--so it is clearly a product that was at the very least, made FOR the College Hill Arsenal.  Whether it was originally made by L. T. Cunningham (owner of College Hill Arsenal), or through Sharp & Hamilton (Nashville Plow Works), is what is debated today.  We know historically that Nashville Plow Works ran into some legal/operating "issues," and would later have some production for College Hill Arsenal, so that these are universally accepted that these specific specimens were definitely at the very least retailed/sold through the College Hill Arsenal by L. T. Cunningham.  Cunningham of College Hill Arsenal would later use the Plow Works counter guard with his later products.  Therefore, as such collectors, authorities, and aficionados as Shannon Pritchard describe at length (in his masterful "Collecting the Confederacy" book), this sword may more accurately be described as a "Plow Works College Hill contract sword."  (Page 243).

What is so special about this specimen in particular is that it is among the rarest of any of the Nashville-area made swords, regardless of being "College Hill" or "Plow Works"!  You'll find at least 8 to 10 true "Nashville Plow Works" swords for every "College Hill" specimen--and as you know, ANY of these swords produced in the city of Nashville are so infinitely rare!  Sword production in Nashville area for the Confederacy only lasted not even a YEAR, as Nashville would fall to the Federals after the fall of Fort Donelson in February, 1862.  This specimen offered for sale here is also a very late production piece, given a couple of traits.  Being that the back strap is not brass (as earlier-made specimens, when brass was more plentiful) and that the blade is not affixed with the more commonly seen screw-on cap, but simply "peened," it's obviously among the later/last production specimens.  The brass guard with those beautiful, magical "CSA" letters raised upon the outer face of the guard are seen so beautifully clear.  The abundant and ever-present crude sand-casting flaws are everywhere--no wax-molded fake crap here, my friends.  You can see the rough wet sand casting flaws clear as day everywhere, including specs of some of the sand from the mold still stuck into that higher copper-content Confederate brass!  Just splendid.  To every dealer/collector I've shown, it is acknowledged for the beautiful, all-original College Hill Cavalry Officer's saber that it is.  No damage.  No repairs.  No "monkey-business".  As usual, the extraordinarily thin twisted copper wire is missing (being so thin and rather "chincy," you rarely see any wiring intact, since they came off so very easily), and no wrap remaining (again, so very common and expected).  You can see a few of the thin copper wires peeking from under the iron backstrap.  The polished grip is beautifully present, and really displays magnificently.  One could EASILY have a professional sword restorationists re-wrap and re-wire the piece--and even make a perfect reproduction scabbard, if you choose.  I simply did not want to "mess with" this piece--I love it the way it is, being a purist at heart.  All it really needs is a good cleaning to get the old coats of grime and linseed oil off of it, and she's as beautiful as you'll ever hope to find.  The blade is full-length, and TIGHT with the handle.  Only one tiny nick in the blade--that is IT!  It has the coolest looking crude light filing marks barely seen on a couple small areas, and clearly appear to be original finishing filing marks in just a couple of small areas.  It has NOT been sharpened, cleaned, or touched in any way.  The curved blade measures 33.5" long (along the top spine and curvature), being 100% full-length.

The FINAL most ALLURING fact regarding this piece is that I acquired it from the prominent Cotton family estate near my BELOVED CHAMPION HILL!  The "Cotton" family of Edwards, Mississippi, and their kinfolk stretching from Jackson to Vicksburg, ALL FOUGHT for Mississippi, either in the infantry or cavalry--including two officers!  It is NOT KNOWN WHICH of them carried this sword--but we at least KNOW it was carried by one of them during the war, and brought it home--and now can be yours!   If only it could talk and tell us the tales of war, fighting, killing, and suffering.  I guess that's why Rebel steel is so valuable!  Just go ahead and try to find another College Hill (or Plow Works, for that matter) any cheaper, and in such fine, beautiful condition as this.  And here at Champion Hill Relics, you don't get a few, small, dark-shaded, fuzzy pictures to really peruse and judge our pieces.  Enjoy the many pics!

$9,595  SOLD

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The ONE and ONLY!  Published & Only Specimen!

South Carolina-MARKED and CS Conversion, Nathan Starr M1812 Cavalry Saber turned CS Bowie Fighting "D"-Guard Blade!!!

As Published in Mr. Lee Hadaway's "Must-Have" CS Bowie Knife Book, "The Updated Confederate Bowie Knife Guide"

No, suh....NO OTHER SPECIMEN IN EXISTENCE like THIS!  Impeccable authenticity, as being reviewed by the "Guru's" of all CS blades--and then PUBLISHED by one of them--my great friend Mr. Lee Hadaway, as seen within his seminal CS Bowie Knife Reference Guide book, "The Updated Confederate Bowie Bowie Knife Guide" (and if you DON'T HAVE ONE...I'VE GOT SOME TO SELL YOU!  YOU WILL BLESS and THANK ME for it!)  This literally 200-year old, 2-foot long COLD South Carolina STEEL is EVERYTHING you could EVER WANT in a CS "fighting knife", "Bowie Knife," or CS "D-Guard"!  Being originally a Nathan Starr made and maker-marked on the ricasso, it also bears the distinctive state arsenal ownership stamping (per the "1808 Militia Act") of "S. CAROLINA" as CLEAR as 200 years couldn't eradicate!  Given the sudden out-break of "total war" after Lincoln's call for 75,000 volunteers to "quell the rebellion in the cotton states," South Carolina--her PRIDE of being the FIRST to secede from the Union, and FIRST (though debated) to "fire the first shots" of the War (they indeed at least made the first BOMBARDMENT that caught the attention of Lincoln and the US!)--was desperate dusting-off ALL of her antiquated weaponry sitting in her dank arsenal racks.  ANYTHING was used--nothing wasted, as would be the case the entire war.  Thus, born of dire necessity, this then aged M1817 Cavalry Sword was cut-down into a PERFECT, right at 2-feet total length "D-Guard" Bowie knife by the South Carolina local CS authorities--or perhaps just an old veteran cavalryman who passed this blade down to his heir, and then HE took it to a local blacksmith and has it made thus.   Who knows!  We DO KNOW that it is 100% a CONFEDERATE CONVERSION JOB, and 100% SOUTH CAROLINA...and 100% GORGEOUS in all her 200 years of existence--and being the ONLY one in existence of her kind!  (Which would lend more credence to the theory that this was from a person/family member who took this, their old family sword, to a local blacksmith to have it done!) The basket/guard of the Nathan Starr made (and legibly-marked) cavalry saber made for a most "fanciful" D-Guard for whomever carried this GINORMOUS D-Guard Bowie Fighting Knife!  Untouched, and in the IDENTICAL CONDITION as when Mr. Hadaway pictured it for his book.

GOOD LUCK finding another...and anything like it...and ANYWHERE NEAR THIS PRICE!

AND Only $2098!  SOLD!!

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MUSEUM-QUALITY, "Holy Grail", and just a KILLER-RARE Confederate Officer's Sword

THE Haiman & Brother (of Columbus, GA) made CS Foot Officer's Sword & SCABBARD!

The Ultra-Scarce Foot Officer's Sword Model, having only 2-Tines (instead of 3 for Cavalry)

This is just as KILLER CONFEDERATE, COMPLETE, RARE & Spectacular as it gets!

I do admit it here on the website from time-to-time....I LOVE MY JOB!!!  I just wish I had the MONEY to KEEP pieces like this, instead of selling them!!!  My, oh my...it was "love at first sight" when I saw this baby.  I have literally only seen with my own two eyes, two other specimens for SALE before--and maybe only another 2 or 3 on display!  You won't find this RARE Haiman Foot Officer's sword in most museums OR the finest private collections!  And to have the ORIGINAL brass-mounted and throated scabbard with its classically CRUDE lap-seam???  Having the archetypical Haiman painted canvas cloth wrap and iron wire INTACT?  The "peen" untouched....the blade UN-SHARPENED and NOT A SINGLE DING?  Even the washer present???  THIS ONE HAS IT ALL.  Right from the start, the patina of the brass mountings, the iron untouched blade, the grip, the 2-tine basket (which distinguishes it from the 3-tine "common" cavalry officer's/cavalryman's blade), is just PERFECT!  Look at it yourself!  I've posted over 25 photo's of this STUNNING, RARE BEAUTY!  Louis and Elijah Haimen of Columbus, Georgia, ran one of largest (if not THE LARGEST) sword manufactory within the entire Confederacy during the War.  They, along with several other Columbus clothing and metal-working facilities, would become the nucleus to one of the South's LARGEST Arsenal/Depot, to which the "Columbus Depot" jackets were designed and produced, a variety of weapons and blades, small-arms ammunition, to every form of accouterments (well-known for their use of painted canvas instead of leather, as leather was more needed for horse-gear, and cotton was far more plentiful and just as good when painted for protection against the elements, and for strength.)  The 29.5" blade with the usual CS trait of the un-stopped fuller has the most eye-appealing, softly-grayed patina with no pitting, no cleaning, no sharpening, and NO DINGS.  I mean, I can't even see a "flea-bite" with my naked eye...maybe you might under intense magnification--or holding it so close you slit your eyes!  But it's THAT GOOD.  Best of all...the blade is TIGHT!!!  That being said, the 2-tine guard/basket does have a small "wobble" to it...but that's only being "picky"--and it's the only thing I can find to say this baby isn't "perfection-personified"!  You can fix THAT with ease (simple "shim" job), but I don't MESS with my pieces--I just wipe them down, picture them, list them (and DROOL over them!)  The "peen" on the pommel appears to NEVER have been touched since the day it was produced by Haiman--which only matches with the quality and fact that the entire sword and original scabbard seem sooooo "perfect"!  The wrap and wire are INTACT and TIGHT (some minor shrinkage...typical to find with age when it comes to cotton canvas and the wood handle underneath, AND with honest and true FIELD and SERVICE WEAR).  The brass 2-tine basket--and ALL the brass to the sword and scabbard--have the most scrumptious, uncleaned, mellowed patina you could EVER want.  The brass mountings and throat, with the iron attachment rigs, are TIGHT and again...just PERFECT!  The killer-crude CS trait of the sloppy lap seam to the scabbard is OUT OF SIGHT!  And there isn't any "ding" (like your typical scabbards do) on this baby!  NO pitting, NO rust-through holes...no, no, no!  It's all there, and IT IS ALL GOOD!

I love it.  I'm so blessed to have actually gotten my hands on one of these rare specimens--and moreover, one WITH the original scabbard AND in such phenomenal condition.  I'll let the many FINE pics below do the rest of the selling for me!!!  It's so nice when a piece IS SO NICE...I don't have to say much to SHOW and TELL just how GOOD IT IS!

$3898  SOLD

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The Original "MEMPHIS BELLE"!!!!

Killer-Rare, Very Early War Memphis Novelty Works by Thomas Leech & Company CS Cavalry Sword

One of the "Holy Grail" of ALL CS SWORDS...Period

Excellent CRISP Original 3-Line Marking upon Guard!

TIGHT Full Wrap, Copper Wire, Full-Length Blade!

This is the VERY FIRST of the Memphis Novelty Works/Thomas Leech & Company CS cavalry swords I have EVER had the pleasure to own.  WHY?!?  Because they are SO RARE to EVER SEE.  So few survived, given that Memphis fell so early in the War (early 1862 after Forts Donelson & Henry in February, 1862), and what few surviving specimens there are out there are HELD FIRM by their owners.  Only VERY FEW MUSEUMS even HAVE ONE OF THESE!  And when I did get a chance to even HOLD ONE....the price was just OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD!  However, given our current economic situation, a very few (and sadly reluctant) owners of these have let a FEW go to the market.

This supremely rare, supremely BEAUTIFUL specimen is a CLASSIC example of these early swords made by Thomas Leech & Company, who before the War operated "Memphis Novelty Works"...literally producing "novelty" items of all sorts out of their Memphis shop and operations.  Once War and Tennessee's secession came in early 1861, they quickly were begged to produce ANY accouterments, weapons, etc, to help arm the THOUSANDS of un-armed, "green" raw recruits of Tennessee.  They quickly began producing all sorts of militaria--but it is these very early, and so SCARCE today--"MEMPHIS / NOVELTY WORKS / THOs LEECH & CO" marked specimen in the upper-most part of the guard that commands the profound collectability and historical significance today.  The 100% ORIGINAL marking is CRISP and CLEAR--almost as good as the day it was STAMPED.  Since it was stamped upon the curvature of the upper-most part of the brass guard (HIGH copper content, low zinc, because the South had so little zinc to make better quality "brass", thus the "reddish" patina from the copper -content), the "ME" in "MEMPHIS" looks like it's worn--but it's NOT.  Try stamping a flat gang-stamp on a concave/curved surface, and you'll see what I mean!  The "NOVELTY WORKS" and the "THOs LEECH & CO" are QUITE VIVID, with only minor wear!  And even better still, the entire piece is TRULY GORGEOUS in EVERY FACET!  A true CONFEDERATE BEAUTY--the ORIGINAL "Memphis Belle"!  The painted-canvas cloth wrap (so typical of Southern construction, given the great quantity of cotton available, but needing the scarcer leather for cavalry/artillery equipage, etc), bears only the MOST MINOR WEAR--one of the BEST I've ever seen.  And like the wire---she's TIGHT!  The correct and again classic CS all-copper-twine wire is fantastic.  And if it ain't original--it was re-wired LONG AGO.  It's hard to tell, since SO FEW are INTACT today to judge against!  But it's clearly OLD, and the CORRECT all-copper twine wire.  All the high copper content brass has the most scrumptious, untouched for 150 years patina, as does the BLADE!  Again, classic CS "un-stopped fuller", FULL-LENGTH (right at 34" long) and NO ACTIVE OXIDATION, NO SHARPENING--just a slick, smokey-grey patina over the blade....just the way we LOVE 'EM!  It bears only the archetypical CS crude forging/finishing traits (these guys were used to making "novelty" items--NOT SWORDS or other weapons of war!  But they sure did a GREAT JOB in turning their manufacturing over so quickly, and so DESPERATELY).  Obviously, based upon the condition of this specimen, it (thankfully) did NOT see a LOT of action.  Enough minor wear in spots that PROVES is was issued (and by God, THEY WERE ALL ISSUED, for they were so DESPERATELY NEEDED--just read the accounts of the officer's in the field in 1861/early 1862, as well as from Tennessee's Governor!),  but whoever the trooper was that got this one clearly didn't drag this sword through all 4 years of HEAVY COMBAT.  And perhaps an Officer/"desk-jockey" got it.  Who knows...and WHO CARES, so long as it's such a complete beauty as THIS!!!  I'll let ALL the MANY FINE PICTURES BELOW do all the selling and talking for me!  All I did to it when I received it was clean it with Kramer's all-natural, no petro-chemical cleaner (the wire/wrap were dusty!) and then a light coating of the world's best--"By Order of Her Majesty" the Queen on England, "Renaissance Crystalline Wax".  Just look at this MEMPHIS BELLE!

The Memphis Novelty Works would soon be completely abandoned in front of the oncoming Federals in very early 1862, moving into Mississippi, and later into Georgia--always trying to stay ONE-STEP AHEAD of the advancing Federal Armies!  They quickly dropped the "Memphis Novelty Works" name upon leaving Memphis, and adopted the "Leech & Rigdon" name that we all are so familiar with.

Beat this condition, rarity, and price.  And if you want THE scabbard for this, my buddy has one for sale.  Only around $3000 for the SCABBARD!!!!  And that's CHEAP!!!


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Nashville Plow Works CS Cavalry Officer's Sword & Scabbard

Splendid Example of Among the Most Desirable, Collectable, and Rare CS Swords

Only Produced for barely ONE YEAR (before Nashville fell in early 1862)



With barely a year of production, these extremely rare, beautiful, and most desirable Confederate-made blades from the Nashville Plow Works are neither easy, nor cheap to come by.  Quite literally ("Biblically"!) turning "ploughshares into swords", the Nashville Plow Works indeed do exactly that.  And they did it with the UTMOST STYLE!  The sand-casted brass basket/guard bears the LARGE "CSA" Roman font letters in a semi circle around the bottom area, while above the top portion is the clear "NASHVILLE PLOW WORKS" casted maker's-mark.  Thos "magic letters"...."CSA"...and "NASHVILLE PLOW WORKS"....that's all one needs to say or see to make any collector's eyes open wide!  This sword is 100% original, intact and untouched--excepting that there are traces of old gold paint where this fantastic Confederate cavalry officer's sword once was a "war trophy" painted in gold within a GAR hall!  I didn't know it at first when I acquired it, but once I saw the faint traces (especially around a small area on the ricasso), I asked the previous owner, and indeed he said when he first had it long ago, it was covered in gold paint, and verbal history of coming from a GAR Hall/soldier's estate.  The paint only helped to preserve the piece, thank God!  Any coating to keep moisture, air, smoke (I've seen some GAR hall items almost black with smoke/tar!) is a good thing!  The full-length blade is completely UN-SHARPENED and has NO NICKS or DINGS whatsoever.  The metal patina (preserved by the GAR gold paint) is the classic, steely/smoky grey hue, uncleaned except for the removal of the gold paint!  The original wire is still quite TIGHT to the original wrap--the wrap bearing the expected wear from 3-4 years of Confederate cavalry service before becoming some "war heirloom" in a GAR hall.  No repairs or damage whatsoever, excepting a slight bend in the outer tine of the basket, when clearly the officer probably either fell off his horse with saber in hand (officer horses being shot was so common that every officer had at least one, if not more mounts "in reserve", because they were always at the front)...or knocked the HELL out of someone with it!  (I bet old Forrest would--or did!)  Ahhh....the possibilities are endless!  Anyway, the sword fits PERFECTLY into its scabbard, though the original throat washer on the sword is long gone (if you want me to put an original on there, I'll be happy to...but I prefer to leave relics EXACTLY the way I receive them.)  The scabbard bears ALL of the 100% Nashville Plow Works attributes--the crudely brazed lap-seam, brass hanger-mounts with sling-rings still present, and complete with the brass throat to the brass drag.  The crude brazed lap-seam is intact, and everything appears to be untouched, excepting on the drag, where clearly the drag required MODERN repair with modern (white metal) soldering (see pictures below).  That's the only repair--period or modern--I can spot.  In fact, there is a most classically Confederate-crude craftsmanship trait of where the iron scabbard--during the quick and sloppy process to forge and bend the scabbard into shape--there is a short "hairline" stress crack running above the lap seam by the upper brass hanger mount (see picture below).  It's not anything structurally wrong, and it's only about 4" long, but just shows how crudely Confederate craftsmanship almost always was--and helps to legitimize/authenticate Confederate pieces!  Those "Plow Works" boys weren't sword maker's by trade, but they were metal workers, and did the very best they could with what little time, no sword-making experience, and thunderous demands for "SWORDS!  WE NEED SWORDS  We have thousands of un-armed men ready to meet the Yankees....BUT WE NEED WEAPONS!!!" that constantly bombarded every manufacturer to local craftsmen and stable-forge throughout the South in 1861.  Exact production figures to this Cavalry Officer's version, the Infantry Officer's version (straight-blade for infantry....curved like mine for cavalry), and those produced under contract with the College Hill Arsenal of Nashville are not known.  All we know is that they barely had a year at most to produce any, as the fall of Fort Donelson sealed the fate of Nashville--falling into Federal hands in March of 1862.  Obviously, they couldn't have made many AT ALL.

Not easily found...highly sought-after...and not cheap...except here at Champion Hill Relics!

$7500 SOLD

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This one Speaks with a "Cajun" Accent!  Clearly a New Orleans Product, as Exhibited by a Multitude of known "New Orleans" Traits

Originally Acquired by Long-Time and Local Legendary NC Collector, Mr. Joe D. Ginn, Jr, of Cherryville, NC

This piece was acquired by me from my good old friend Joe Ginn of Cherryville, North Carolina in the summer of 2008.  Joe had been a collector of Civil War antiquities all of his life, as has his father and many of his family’s friends and his uncle--picking-up some INCREDIBLE "out-of-the-bushes" Confederate items in the state.  When first bought by my local friend in collector at the 2008 October "Bend In The River" Vicksburg Show, the sword was passed around (literally, by my friend Dr. Bill White, who was deciding whether to buy it or not) to several REAL CS SWORD "EXPERTS", who confirmed that there are a multitude of attributes of this 100% original, un-touched/"no monkey-business" and complete officer’s sword which convince me (and him, since he bought it!) and others that it is a product of not only of a sword-maker/retailer in New Orleans, but more specifically possibly that of Thomas, Griswold, and Company (New Orleans, circa 1860-1861), but maybe through a retailer such as Hyde & Goodrich, or perhaps one of the small New Orleans sub-contracted shops in that area.  Given that we KNOW that New Orleans retailers/sword makers were importing French swords (Hyde & Goodrich did so, such as a M1860 French-made Cavalry Officer's sword that my Busche, Louisiana's friend Mr. David Villere's G-G-Uncle bought and had engraved, the "Hyde & Goodrich" marked French M1831 Artillery Sword--with DUG specimens of these French M1831 artillery swords at early-war sites, etc) there is even the remote possibility of the blade itself being an imported blade (another common CS occurrence, such as the N. Derby swords of Nashville, other New Orleans swords, even Mobile, etc), but that the sword on the whole was made and/or assembled within the American South for use within service for the Confederacy.  In short , this specimen displays so many of the classic known “New Orleans” manufactured traits and attributes.  These attributes are as follows: The grip itself is of a highly-curved contour—bulging greatly in the middle, and yet narrowing markedly at the ends...the evident rough and poor quality sand-casting flaws within the cast-brass floral design...the brass is of a high copper content (given that the South had very few natural sources of zinc), and the brass thus has a more reddish hue in the patina...the pommel cap at the top has a very faded or soft casting quality...the blade (spine) thickness itself is very distinct in that it becomes thin (concave) approaching the tip of the blade, but a slight bulging toward the tip...The blade finish itself, as it approaches the blade tip, becomes far rougher in quality...The sharpened edge, as it is clipped at the end for the ricasso, is a strong CS trait seen on known Griswold specimens.  Though there are specimens of Germanic manufactured swords that often mirror some of these attributes and qualities, I (and the inspection of others at the show) firmly believe this piece to be of New Orleans manufacture during 1860-1861 (New Orleans fell quickly in early 1862), and have never seen a German specimen with ALL of these traits within one piece.  You can tell the blade hasn't been re-pinged (where someone would replace the blade with a modern "monkey-business" swith-er-roo), and NO QUESTION the wire and wrap are 100% tight and intact.

A good old Johnny Reb sword, out of the backwoods of North Carolina from my old and dear friend...and priced accordingly, since no one is 100% sure WHO in New Orleans, etc., made/sold this Officers Sword.  And she SURE IS PRETTY at THIS PRICE!

$1998 SOLD

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Exceptionally Rare CS Foot Officer's Sword & Scabbard

Made By Hyde & Goodrich of New Orleans

Legible "HYDE & GOODRICH/NEW ORLEANS" Maker's Marking Upon Ricasso

Gorgeous Wrap, Wire, Scabbard, & Total Display Appearance -- a Centerpiece Item for ANY Collection

From the Bird/Byrd Family Virginia Collection

Indeed, one of the exceptionally rare, HIGHLY collectable, hard-to-find New Orleans-made Hyde & Goodrich Confederate Foot Officer's sword with scabbard.  This comes out of the Loudoun County family collection of the Bird/Byrd family (and their tentacles of marriages within the family from their landing into the Colonies in the 1700's, and how they spelled their name two different ways--"Bird" and "Byrd").  Though we know precisely that James C. Bird was in the in the 24th Virginia Cavalry, it is not known whether this was his sword or not (he had other relatives--cousins--whom also fought, I have their ID'ed items...all coming soon!)  This piece is in extremely gorgeous and complete condition, being truly almost "museum-quality" in its display.  The sword itself is simple gorgeous, having the full-length 29.5" blade, with only the most minor pitting, and the most pleasant mellowed "smokey" gray patina to the blade.  The "HYDE & GOODRICH" maker's-mark, arching over "NEW ORLEANS" on the one side of the ricasso is legible....those magical words you long to find on the ricasso of this classically New Orleans blade.  The basket is the classic floral pattern design, copying the US 1850 Foot Officer's model design, but the handle bears the distinct New Orleans/Hyde & Goodrich classical form of being thin at the ends, but swelled in the middle.  The leather wire and wrap are simply SPECTACULAR, as you will quickly notice in the many fine photo's below!  The brass shows the most beautiful, eye-appealing patina and appearance--as does the entire sword and scabbard.  The scabbard was professionally restored with museum-quality restoration, such as the replacement drag, but the original throat and lower sword hanger are most beautiful.  I have personally done my own leather preservation and enrichment to the leather, such that it will last for the generations to come for all to behold and preserve.  After all, we are merely temporary caretakers of these irreplaceable pieces of history.  Hyde & Goodrich were only able to produce such fine (considered amongst the HIGHEST quality of all CS-produced swords) blades before New Orleans fell to the Federals in early 1862, so very few were made...and fewer still are in existence today--making this one RARE BEAUTY, indeed!

This is the kind of quality, rarity, and SOUTHERN PRIDE that I don't have to do a lot of talking to sell.  I'll let the pictures and it's history do the selling for me.  It shall make a real centerpiece addition to ANY serious collector's display.  After all...can you find another Hyde & Goodrich in scabbard for sale...and anywhere near this price???  YOU CAN'T EVEN BUY "DOG RIVER" SWORDS & SCABBARDS FOR THIS PRICE at THIS QUALITY!

$3998 SOLD

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Gorgeous Original RARE Confederate Beauty!

"Type I" Froelich Cavalry Sword & Scabbard

Late 1861 Wilmington, NC Production Specimen

100% Intact Leather Wrap & Brass Wire

Most EXCELLENT Metal, Leather, Blade, Brass, Fantastically Archetypical Crude Lap Mold Seam and Brass Sword Hanger Mounts on Scabbard

Though called in the collecting community as a "Type I Kenansville" heavy cavalry sword & Scabbard, this extremely early-war (late 1861) and rare wartime sword produced by Louis Froelich was actually produced at his first facility in Wilmington, North Carolina--never being made at the later famous Froelich Kenansville, North Carolina facility.  These were clear Confederate copies of the sturdy, reliable, and highly effective in sword-to-sword combat Model 1840 "Wristbreaker" Heavy Cavalry Saber.  As the many fine photo's show below, this specimen is in gorgeous complete original condition and most beautiful appearance.  The 100% intact leather wrap and brass simple wire are COMPLETELY tight, undamaged, unbroken, and solid--just as solid as the blade to the handle...no wobble or damage whatsoever.  Even the unsharpened, un-stopped fuller, full-length 34" blade has NO DAMAGE and NO NICKS to the smooth, dark, steely-gray metal whatsoever.  The Confederate-classic brass sword hanger mounts, and SCREAMING crude lap mold seam running down the entire length of the scabbard are superb.  The sword fits SNUG like a glove with the scabbard, and there is NO DAMAGE or REPAIRS or APOLOGIES whatsoever with the scabbard---NO PITTING or oxidation...and in fact, some of the original red paint has left a feint red hue to the scabbard!!!!  Now THAT tells you the metal quality and condition we're talking about here!  The "XI" on the brass scabbard throat is clearly visible, though the usual matching Roman Numeral on the tine or side of the guard are too feint.  We know these to be the early Froelich/ "Type I" model, due to the smaller pommel and flatter basket, which is from a casting flaw in the casting process (see Mr. Shannon Pritchard's most EXCELLENT description from the "must-have" Confederate collector's reference book, "Collecting the Confederacy", on page 105.)  Even the nice sand-casting inclusions into the basket.....it's as Johnny Reb as they come.

No need to get a loan or sell your car to afford to put this classic, extremely scarce and early production Confederate Cavalryman's blade!

$2998 SOLD

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Stunning James Conning of Mobile, Alabama Confederate "CS" Staff Officer's Sword

All-Original, Complete, Untouched, Original Wire & Wrap, Originally Sold By Shannon Pritchard in 2004

Included With Sword are Original Sword Knot & Officer's Sash

Being one of the rarest and highest quality Confederate-made swords in the entire Civil War, the James Conning, "CS" (cast in the guard) Staff Officer's Sword is among the hardest specimens to find--especially in the condition that this one is in.  One quickly realizes that the Conning-made sword is essentially a copy of the US Staff Officer's Sword, and for good reason: James Conning was a pre-war sword maker who did extensive production for the US military, as well as State and local militia forces.  James was actually a native New York-born silversmith, being listed  as a silversmith in New York as early as 1840.  He would marry into a wealthy Mobile family some 15 years before the War, and thus had a thriving business before 1861 in the Deep South.  When war broke-out, Conning eagerly utilized his skills as a master sword craftsman to equip his new Southern nation.  Conning was noted for importing some of the finest sword blades from France before the war, and doing the assembling/hilting work himself in Mobile.  He quickly copied the Staff Officer's Sword floral and "US" casting hilt design, and simply put a "CS" into the guard instead.  When the blockade prevented him from further importing French merchandise, he contracted the local Parker Foundry in Mobile for blades and other supplies he used to get from France.  He produced other models of swords, such as the regulation artillery saber with 28" curved blade, that was within the Battle Abbey collection in Richmond.  His quality brass hilts for his highly-prized CS Staff Officer Swords were produced throughout the war, only ceasing when Mobile finally fell into Federal hands.  At least one example of this CS Staff Officer exists with a floral and old English script "CS" etching within the blade (also in the Battle Abbey old collection). 

This specimen here was originally sold to my friend and compatriot in Florida back in 2004 from Shannon Pritchard.  Listed below is a copy of the original listing, and Shannon's letter of authenticity shall accompany the piece.  According to several sword aficionados, this is one of the finest all-original, untouched specimens on the "open market" (not in a museum).  The full-length blade has a fabulous smoky/grey patina, having some bright finish remaining, with no nicks or damage of any note to the blade's edge.  No modern cleaning or sharpening whatsoever.  Archetypical unstopped CS-style fuller, of course, and the blade finish becoming less refined and finished toward the rather rounded, more abrupt blade point (than most sword blade designs).  The original leather wrap is intact and still tight, with virtually no wear at all.  Barely any crazing or drying to be found at all (only near the pommel cap end), and only one or two hairline splits in the wrap.  The original 2-twine twisted wire is solidly attached, with only the most minimal, ever-so-slight looseness--but only again substantiates that it is indeed original (re-wrap jobs are tight as a drum and rub too tightly, or are far too spongy against fresh, faked leather!)  The brass hilt is absolutely spectacular, and basically blemish-free in every sense.  It's THAT GOOD!  The magic "CS" letters show perfectly, and the brass appearance is fabulous.  The classic cruder CS sand-casting traits abound, where you can even see the inclusions of sand particulates within the basket design.  But being one of the finer craftsman of Southern blades, it shows the least amount of crude, unskilled casting flaws and traits, unlike his many counterparts.  The floral design continued upon the pommel is the typical faded casted appearance (again, the poorer CS casting trait).  There is also a beautiful "starburst" motif engraved into the top of the pommel cap, which has not been noted as found on any other Conning or other sword, and it is believed by all to be original to the piece.  So whether Conning did this himself, or the officer had it done after he received it, will never be truly known.  But it is clearly a period engraving.  The blade is solidly tight--no play whatsoever.  Both the basket and the blade have the matching "160" production number, as matching production numbers should be seen on these specimens.

Just a a "bonus" to sweeten the deal, my friend will include the original presentation-grade officer's sword know and officer's maroon dress sash, which only adds the perfect "spice" and "flair" to the entire display!

An excellent addition to any hardcore Confederate or sword collector.


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