Swords & Blades

Texas Yankee-Sticker...ALL 2-Feet+ Worth!

21" LONG Blade, 25" Total Length

Amazing local Blacksmith Use of a Cavalry Saber Forged Into one MEAN FIGHTING BLADE!

Better Yet, it's a "HORSTMANN & SONS  PHILADELPHIA" and "Knight's Head" of German Sword-Maker "Gebruder Weyersberg" Marked Blade! (Horstmann would import for his retail sales)

Coming Straight Out of My Texas Buddy's Collection!

It is NO JOKE!  I do declare...a TEXAN can make a BOWIE FIGHTING KNIFE out of ANYTHING!  Just as the old veterans of Texas would admit they could barely walk through their yard without having to be on horse-back, they also seemed to NEVER be without a BIG BOWIE of SOME KIND!!!  My dear Texas buddy (who's items on consignment through me, you all have been benefiting from) is letting this local Lone Star MONSTER go.  It's 100% ORIGINAL, 100% SOLID and in SUPERB condition!  The blade is exactly 21" long, with the clear "knight's head" distinctive to the Germanic sword-maker of Gebruder Weyersburg (which "gebruder" in German means "Brothers", so it's a Weyersburg Brother's-made German sword-blade).  Horstmann and sons of Philadelphia were well-established well before the war with their sales to both the public, as well as the military, and importing pieces in for retail or military sales was NOT UNCOMMON.  Thus, you see on the other side of the ricasso, the distinct "HORSTMANN & SONS PHILADELPHIA" marking.  The blade has NO DAMAGE, NO SHARPENING, and I can't even find a "flea-bite" on the untouched blade.  It's clearly been UNTOUCHED, as the metal patina is a classic mottled gray/brown mix.  And the blacksmith who made it was SERIOUS about it doing some DAMAGE---even made 6" of the tip DOUBLE-SIDED to ensure some "slicing" was gonna happen if it touched you!  The so simple brass "T" guard, with simple one-piece intact grip, and UNTOUCHED peen in the back...it's ALL classic "Johnny Reb"/"Lone Star" style!

No matter how you look at it, it's so KILLER-COOL!


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PRICE REDUCED!  Now only $3998 !!!

Beautiful, Historic, RARE "Attic-Minty" 3rd Model Virginia Manufactory Saber and Scabbard

100% Complete, Original, Intact, and TIGHT

Bears the RARE distinction of it's War of 1812-era Virginia Cavalry Regimental Markings of BOTH the 3rd AND the 4th VA Regiments!

Fresh to the Market, coming from one of the most Renowned Confederate Collections in the Southeast!



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-ORIGINA, 100% TIGHT and INTACT,  "ATTIC MINTY" condition, 200+ year old 3rd model Virginia Manufactory Sword.  Beginning in 1804, and gearing-up after 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, given the impending war that President's Adams and Jefferson feared between the warring nations of Napoleon's France and England), 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 American feared: the War of 1812 with Britain.  This 3rd Model version bears the classis VA Manufactory shape, style, and form of the "slotted" and not too wide hand-guard basket, all-metal construction with simple one-strand original brass wiring over the leather wrap, with sweeping iron-topped grip into t he ricasso, with a perfect, UNTOUCHED patina and appearance (the peen is FLAWLESS--YOU CAN'T EVEN SEE IT DISTINCTLY!)  This MASSIVE Dragoon Model/Cavalry Sword was a whopping length of just over 40" long, with 35" full-length blade with clipped-point, and two "blood grooves"--the usual thin groove near the top, but a slightly larger, but shorter one just below it.  The blade's patina is 100% UNTOUCHED and in "ATTIC MINTY" condition, as is the entire piece.  It shows a smoky gray/slightly dulled patina with NO active oxidation or pitting.  It is entirely UN-SHARPENED, and only has but a couple of "flea-bites" to the blade--NO MASSIVE DINGS nor ANY damage ANYWHERE on the blade nor entire piece.   The spine of the blade has the distinction of the War of 1812-era Virginia Cavalry DOUBLE regimental demarcation of both the "3" and then over-stamped "4, V'A REG'TT" original hand-stamping.  It apparently spent time in both units--a VERY RARELY SEEN phenomenon!  The iron-mounted, classic VA Manufactory "slitted" slim iron guard retains MUCH of the original Japanned finish, as does the original, intact, SOLID scabbard.  NO DAMAGE and ALL PERFECT with the original scabbard, with the "tear-drop" attachment belt hook.  As usual, it has the unmistakable tiny anti-rattle "dings" on one side of the scabbard, which yet again only PROVES it's "veteran status" that this sword/scabbard did NOT sit collecting dust in the back of the Virginia State Arsenal, but was IN THE FIELD!  Only the usual "attic" condition facet of some SCANT, VERY TINY splatterings of white-wash paint over the some 200 +/- years can be seen--just look at ALL THE PICTURES provided below!  Unlike most other websites/auctions, you don't just get a mere "token few" pics from Champion Hill Relics!  I MAKE SURE to take as MANY pictures from as many angles and lighting to SHOW WHAT YOU ARE BUYING!  And I am MOST PROUD of this piece of American and Virginia history!  These swords were issued, used in war, and kept in the State's Arsenal all the way through to the break-out of the South's War for Independence.  With the great haste and total LACK of PROPER, MILITARY-GRADE weaponry, these strong, sturdy blades would be brought-out again to arm the sons of Virginia with weapons their forefathers carried into previous wars (War of 1812, Mexican War).  Some were contracted to be cut-down, as some believed they were too unwieldy, but desperation and lack of time and preparation forced many right out of the Arsenal, and into the training/assembly camps ringing the new Capitol of the Confederacy in Richmond, as well as throughout the state. 

Since this weapon is 200 +/- years old, I and the consignor agreed that even though the original leather wrap and 100% INTACT original simple brass wire are intact (around 70%+ of the original leather wrap intact, with only minor wear-spots), we COULD NOT in ANY GOOD CONSCIENCE, allow "time" to do any possible harm to the old original leather wrap.  Like EVERYTHING in this world, everything deteriorates--it only depends upon WHAT it is, HOW it is cared-for, stored, exposed (or NOT exposed to), etc, that will determine if any deterioration will occur.   Today's international, national, and state preservationists who are charged with the awesome responsibility to PROTECT and PRESERVE these PRICELESS and IRREPLACEABLE pieces of our history and heritage, are now using the latest, time-tested and proven technique of a wax-based preservation light coating on such organic materials, such as leather.  Thus, given my 30+ years of collecting, living history, dealership, consultation and education with leading state and national preservationists has blessed me with the knowledge and access to these cutting-edge preservation applications.  Modern wax-based preservation coatings (especially specialized crystalline wax)  are the LEAST intrusive, yet MOST EFFECTIVE means of providing a simple, light, and BEAUTIFYING layer that protected the leather from destructive microbes that eat organic materials, sunlight, moisture, and temperature variations--even you OWN OILS from your HAND (depending what you HAVE ON YOUR HANDS!) can accelerate the deterioration of leather.  Thus, with the most PAIN-STAKING and professional years of experience I have employed (over a 3- process) of applying this most effective and beautifying light coating over the leather handle, which is merely micron's thin, and yet leaves it protected, and with a beautiful sheen for appearance!  THIS BEAUTY will OUT-LIVE US and our children's-children, if so revered and protected.

As always, you can rely upon Champion Hill Relics to do all in the sake to promote, protect, and preserve our revered history and it's antiquities.  And you can ALWAYS count ON THE BEST!

Now Only $3998

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Classic, Beautiful Ames-Produced NCO Sword

Matching "114" Assembly/Inventory Numbered

100% Intact, Solid, "1863"-Dated

By regulations, starting as far back at the Revolutionary War, Non-Commissioned Officers (typically your Sergeants, and sometimes only the "1st Sergeant" to Sgt. Major) were ordered to wield a regulation NCO sword.  Sergeant's played a VITAL role within each company.  Being a "hardcore" authentic reenactor and living historian, one of my greatest passions was for Civil war "drill"--from "School of the Soldier" to "Evolutions of the Line" for Battalions, from Skirmish Drill to Bayonet drill!  Within each company, the Sergeant's were "file-closers"--maintaining the proper should-to-shoulder contact of the lines of formation, distances of ranks and files, keeping them STRAIGHT and in ORDER, preventing men from running during battle, assist in pulling the dead and wounded behind the line of battle, echo commands through the constant roar of battle, and were always 5 paces to the REAR of the line of battle, with the other officers, so as to maintain their battlelines shooting and maneuvering in front of them.  Though issued a rifle, this is why other country's during the 1800's had "Sergeant's Rifles"--shorter, lighter rifles that could be easily carried and slung, since they would typically never be firing in battle (being behind the batteline) BUT when it got "hot" and in a melee, yeah....THEY WOULD DO THEIR PART SHOOTING!  But the NCO sword was another means to not just show their proper "respect" of their rank--but effective as a Catholic school teachers long ruler--WHACK, and get the men's attention and action!  But not long after the "real fighting" began, the usage of NCO sword in actual BATTLE was miniscule.  It was more for dress parades and formal occasions.

Offered here is the archetypical Ames-produced NCO sword, of the pre-war 1850'ss pattern.  The Ames marking and "1863" production fate are faint upon the ricasso, but they are there.  The solid-cast hilt is GORGEOUS--the beautiful, decorative guard/basket, most ornate faux beaded wire that's actually casted into the handle, and bearing all 3 matching assembly/inventory numbers of "114".  The brass and blade are 100% UN-TOUCHED, with NO CLEANING, NO DAMAGE, NO REPAIRS, UN-SHARPENED blade (32" long standard blade) without any nicks or even a "flea-bite" I can see on the sword's blade!

An inexpensive but beautiful piece to adorn the mantle, "war room" wall, or office!

$350   Sale Pending

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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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The MEANEST, BIGGEST, BADDEST of ALL the CS Produced Artillery Short Swords of ALL!

The Famed "CS with Star" Artilleryman's Short Sword

Believed to be a Macon, GA Product


The E. J. Johnston of Macon, Georgia CS artilleryman's sword is indeed the RAREST (only a mere handful to exist), but NO OTHER CS-MADE copy of the US Model 1832 Artilleryman's Short Sword (which was a copy of the French Model 1831, which WAS A COPY of the Old "Roman GLADIATOR" fighting short sword!) NO OTHER CS-MADE artillery short sword is MORE DESIRABLE, COLLECTABLE, and COVETED than this super MEAN, MASSIVE, THICK, CRUDE and UGLY artilleryman's short sword, bearing the in-set casted "CS" with a lone "star" casting in the pommel.  These were actually casted HOLLOW inside the one-piece brass grip, and many show their crude, thin casting flaws all the way through, and often filled with lead as solder.  This is an UNTOUCHED, 100% ORIGINAL/AUTHENTIC BEAUTY, in all it's crudely Confederate GLORY!!!  Not a nick or ding in the blade, mottled but not pitted blade, NOT SHARPENED--it is UNTOUCHED!!!  You can clean it or "color" it all you want, if you want to--we love it AS IS when it was found within a north Georgia home decades ago, and was purchased by my great friend, and one of the world's largest and most renowned CS collector, who is "thinning-out" his MASSIVE collection, and consigning ONLY through Champion Hill Relics. Now THIS CS rare beauty CAN BE YOURS!  Any way you want to look at it, it's THE ONE that EVERYBODY WANTS!  Nothing can more represent the Confederacy embodied in a piece more than THIS SWORD--the spirit of INDEPENDENCY, as shown with the single "star" in the pommel, proclaiming their "Confederate States" in the "CS" for their NEW COUNTRY they were fighting for, and the sheer CRUDE, but still EFFECTIVE KILLING WEAPON that despite the South's lack of material and skilled labor resources, the SOUTH was GOING TO FIGHT with EVERYTHING THEY HAD...and damn near WON THE WAR!

THIS is WHY this is THE SWORD that EVERY serious Confederate Collector will ALWAYS HAVE.  




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The BIGGEST, Mean CS D-Guard You'll Find!

From the old Lotz House Museum, From the Bloody, Climactic Battle of Franklin, Tennessee

 Original Old Museum Tag "934" on the Grip

Total Length of 28.25", with Blade Length being a WHOPPING 23.5" LONG (with 9" False Edge)!

It's always a GREAT PLEASURE to be BLESSED with having some of the largest, renowned CS collectors using you to consign their pieces to sell--but even MORE SO when it's a piece you once had and sold, and get to ENJOY IT for a little while AGAIN!  But this one is rather "unique" and very special to ME, personally.  When I was very young, the first battlefields our family went to visit were Murfreesboro and Franklin, Tennessee.  I have a GREAT picture (actually, a slide-projector picture on old Kodak Kodachrome color slide film) my dad took of us outside of Mr. Larry Hicklen's "Ye Olde Relic Shoppe" back in the 1970's, just after he opened-up his shop for business (man....I'm getting OLD!)  Anyway, amongst some of the memories left forever seared into my mind as a young boy, I remember visiting the Lotz House Museum in Franklin.  It had cannonball holes in it, rooms with blood on the floor, and TONS of BATTLE RELICS!  I remember how all the muskets, swords, and D-guards/"Bowie" knives seemed ENORMOUS to me then.  Well...I may have grown a lot since then, but this MASSIVE, MEANEST CS-made D-guard from the old museum collection still LOOMS LARGER THAN LIFE to me!  It was a "double-edged" sword, so-to-speak, when the previous owner of the Lotz House Museum went on a selling-spree (all y'all who know about the Lotz House and the owner through the 1980's/90's KNOWS what I'm talking about!), and many fine pieces are now long gone from the House's museum--but they have found great new homes throughout the finest collections on the planet.  This piece bears the old, faded museum inventory number "938" on the handle.

This WICKED Confederate D-Guard is in rather EXCEPTIONAL--and truly "MUSEUM-QUALITY!--condition, with that deadly 23.5" long, Being a single-edged blade EXCEPT for the last 9" of the blade that has a slight, but distinct top "False" edging/"Clip Point" to it--but not as pronounced as you usually see.  The blade has the most GORGEOUS metal patina.  The D-Guard itself is a higher-quality construction in it's manufacturing traits, of being well-formed, single-piece "D" Guard, having a "ridged" formed and finished metal "D" guard, slightly-curled and edged quillion, with an UN-TOUCHED "peen" from the blade's tang into the one-piece "D" guard.  The rectangular/"coffin" style single-piece handle is in INCREDIBLE condition, bearing NO DAMAGE, NO CRACKS, not a SINGLE CHIP to the rich, deep, original dark brown hue of the wooden grip.  Some have made arguments regarding some of it's traits that it is a Georgia product, citing noted characteristics and similarities to some known Georgia-manufactured blades, as well as the fact of it's better construction (rather than crude, local-made/blacksmithed D-Guard Bowies).  This would make perfect sense, given that Hood's Army of Tennessee had to be COMPLETELY re-supplied after the fall of Atlanta at the beginning of September, 1864, and prior to his disastrous fall 1864 Tennessee Campaign....and thus ending-up in Franklin.  His army rested unmolested for several weeks in Lovejoy, Georgia, and another couple weeks in Palmetto, Georgia, drawing ALL their re-supply of EVERYTHING from the nearby remaining, massive CS supply depots and manufacturing logistical centers of Columbus, Macon, Milledgeville, and Augusta, Georgia.  Even President Jefferson Davis made the arduous train-ride all the way from Richmond to give a rousing and re-assuring speech to the "shaken" and defeated Army of Tennessee whilst being re-supplied and organized in Palmetto, Georgia, before launching what has been deemed the "twilight of an army"...the "last hurrah"...the forlorn Tennessee thrust in late 1864 that would essentially render the once mighty and proud Army of Tennessee into just a "shell" and skeleton of it's former glory, trying in vain to withstand Sherman's thrust through the Carolina's in 1865.

This is the BIGGEST of the BADDEST!  It WILL BE the "ATTENTION-GETTER" in your collection...and it'll loom as LARGE to you and all who see it, as it did to me 40 years ago!


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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!

Sale Pending/Layaway

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Price SLASHED to Now Only $598

Spectacular, RARE ALL-Brass-Hilted, "US Non-Regulation" Officer's Sword

Made by the FINEST Sword Maker of the Era, Sword-Maker Mr. W. Clauberg of the World-Renown Solingen Blade Maker

Most EXQUISITE, MINTY, CRISP Condition Etched Blade, with the MASSIVE Federal Eagle & US Motif with Elegant Floral Designs

Has ALL the expected Solingen Maker-Markings ("PROVED", "IRON PROOF", "F. CLAUBERG" and "SOLINGEN" over Knight Motif)

Solingen has been THE NAME in cutlery for over a century, renowned across the globe as arguable the FINEST blade-maker over the past 170 years.  Their Germanic/eastern French beginnings with the best sword-makers employed in that region would supply MANY SWORDS not only to the European powers of the 19th Century, but into our War Between the States, offering the HIGHEST QUALITY, most ORNATE and EXQUISITE swords.  Their fame would continue through the cataclysmic abyss of WWII, supplying the German Wehrmacht and NSDAP with their finest blade work.  As for this SPECTACULAR, and MOST RARE variant of our Model 1850 US "Non-Regulation" Officer's Sword, it's quality of craftsmanship is found abundantly clear over the ENTIRE blade!  As you will note, the "normal" (actually, rather "REGULATION") typical "Non-Regulation" Officer's Sword is IRON-MOUNTED, with the Federal Eagle motif and large "US" within the basket guard.  THIS ONE, however, is an ALL-BRASS variant, which does have Federal Eagle, but NO "US" at all in the basket guard.  The finest etching, casting-finish, oak leaves and other floral patterns and lined accents of the basket guard, hilt, pommel and quillion are easily seen and noted.  The original shark/ray-skin wrap with both the 2-py twisted brass wiring AND decorative thin-lined wiring with the 2-ply main wrap wiring is just another feature of the quality and beauty that went into making this sword.  There is only the most MINOR and expected, true field, campaign, and combat service wear upon the wire and wrap, which as you can see in the pictures below, is minor, indeed!  The blade is ABSOLUTELY SPECTACULAR, not only in condition (untouched, un-sharpened, UNCLEANED, having the PERFECT steely-gray patina ever the entire surface!) but Clauberg's OVERSIZED blade etching of the Federal Eagle Emblem and the "US" are exquisite to the extreme!  As CRISP and VIVID as the day it was etched!!!  The gorgeous floral and decorative motifs and designs with both the Eagle Emblem AND the "US" on the sides of the blade are simply STUNNING!  The Federal Eagle motif has the most beautiful "RAYS" that are radiating from the Eagle!!!  The typical Solingen markings are all present, of course---the "PROVED +" circular stamping on one side of the ricasso, with the "F. CLAUBERB" around the "SOLINGEN" and Knight's emblem on the other side of the ricasso.  On the spine of the blade is their usual "IRON PROOF" etching, as well.  The blade measures EXACTLY 32" long, with total length of this FINE Solingen/Clauberg-made sword of 38" long.

This is a GREAT, SUPERB QUALITY and RARE VARIANT of the US "Non-Regulation" Officer's Sword, made for service in our War, and at this price, makes for a FINE representative Officer's blade used both NORTH & SOUTH during the War!

 Now Only $598  Sale Pending/Layaway


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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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KILLER-Rare, "MINTY" Example CS Foot Officer's Sword & All-Brass Scabbard made by the Famous Thomas Griswold & Co. of New Orleans

Thomas Griswold & Co. barely had a YEAR within New Orleans to Produce these Swords (New Orleans fell by June of 1862) through his renowned retailer business, which is WHY they are SO RARE

STUNNING, PHENOMENAL Ultra-Rare Example w/BEST Wrap, Wire, Scabbard, & Total Display Appearance -- a Centerpiece for ANY Collection

As Noted by Most, these Griswold's are Considered the HIGHEST QUALITY CS-produced Swords EVER, throughout the South During the War

This is the END-OF-THE-ROAD SUPERB Piece

Literally a "TEXTBOOK", Museum-Quality Piece

As the "Godfather" of ALL RELICDOM is oft to say regarding the BEST/RARE/SUPERB relic or piece of any kind..."This is the END-OF-THE-ROAD" super-fine, "MINTY" and RARE specimen!  And it's MADE by what the firm which (arguably) is considered by MOST "hardcore" sword/CS collectors as the FINEST CS SWORD MAKER...Henry Thomas and Arthur Breese GRISWOLD of New Orleans.  This is the literally SO FINE, SO RARE, and truly "TEXTBOOK" and "MINTY" (as far as CS made--and in THIS CASE, a VERY EARLY WAR made sword & scabbard) & "MUSEUM-QUALITY" that I about jumped out of my SKIN to GET MY HANDS ON THIS GORGEOUS "Cajun Killer" mean CS Cold Officer's Steel!  It is my GREATEST PLEASURE to offer to you, this SUPERB original, 100% COMPLETE and STUNNING famous Thomas Griswold & Company of New Orleans-made Confederate Foot Officer's Sword with the ULTRA-RARE all-brass scabbard!  Only a HANDFUL of ALL-BRASS scabbards are LEFT IN EXISTENCE!!!  And they do vary, as did several of Griswold's-made (or as believed, SUB-CONTRACTED out to local makers in New Orleans) swords AND scabbards.  As one can see in the SEMINAL Confederate collector's Reference Book, authored by the renowned and esteemed Mr. Shannon Pritchard, entitled "Collecting the Confederacy" (and IF YOU DON'T have this book--GET IT NOW!!!  You'll thank me later), this is a "TEXTBOOK" specimen of Griswold's archetypical Foot Officer's sword, being a copy of the classic Federal pre-war regulation 1850's "Foot Officer's" sword in the floral-motif cast-brass guard/hilt construction, his specimens also are among the few CS-made swords that actually are NOT "un-stopped" fullers, just like the Federal Regulation Foot Officer swords.  HOWEVER, HOW his fuller is "clipped" is again a TEXTBOOK example, as shown in Mr. Pritchard's "Collecting the Confederacy" on page 246, where the upper "clipped" fuller is VERY SOFT (not as ABRUPT or SHARP as US specimens) and sticks-out slightly over-top of the smaller LOWER "clipped" fuller, that again is VERY SOFTLY "clipped".  I've literally had several of these, myself, let alone SEEN enough/HELD enough in person (and EVERY serious CS blade collector KNOWS) this is Griswold's "trade-mark" stopped fuller at the ricasso!  And again, being as he was a renowned retailer in New Orleans WAY before the War, everyone believes without hesitation that he SUB-CONTRACTED much of this production locally, which is why you see so many variants in his scabbards (the ALL-BRASS the RAREST, and even THEY VARY--and there's only a HANDFUL left in existence!), some MAKER-MARKED while others NOT (with GREAT VARIATIONS with how he Maker-Marked his swords!!!), and so many variants of STYLES of swords (this, the copy of the Federal Regulation Foot Officer's Sword, others being the "Fort Hilt" Officer's Sword, Artillery Model Officer's sword of SEVERAL varieties (some a copy f the US Regulation Model 1840 Light Artillery Sword with the single heavy one-tine guard, while others were a 3-tine guard specimens, but all with BRASS complete scabbards that we know of).  Once New Orleans was completely lost to the Confederacy by June of 1862, so was the production and supply of these--once again--considered the FINEST QUALITY Confederate-made swords of the ENTIRE CONFEDERACY (as so noted in Shannon Pritchard's most excellent CS reference book!)

This specimen here is absolutely "STONE-MINT" in condition--especially considering that ALL CS-made and ISSUED items almost ALWAYS look like they were "fought-hard, and put-away WET,"  barely surviving the war INTACT, let alone the 150+/- years LATER for today!  It's total length is 35.25" long, with a STUNNING eye-appealing full and unsharpened 30" blade.  The classic "stopped" and "clipped" fuller is, yet again as displayed in Pritchard's book (see excerpt below), PRECISELY as these Griswold copies of the US Federal regulation Foot Officer's all have--very SOFT/longer in the "clipping" with the upper/longer clipping in slightly in front of the also soft/longer clipping beneath in the ricasso.  No maker-mark on this one--but that just means you save THOUSANDS of dollars (which is what YOU WOULD PAY to see ANY of his maker-markings!!!)  The archetypical traits of the wet-sand casting and slight anomalies are found in the floral-motif of the basket guard, as well as a CLEAR forging/folding/finishing anomaly in the forging and finishing of the blade (see pics below).  Most of all, we have the most "tell-tale" Griswold (and other New Orleans/Louisiana makers same trait) of the FORM and STYLE of the hand-grip: they are ALWAYS THINNER at both ends, with a DISTINCT SWELLING in the middle...you can literally SPOT ONE a "MILE AWAY" across a room!  The blade has the most GORGEOUS, UN-DAMAGED and UN-REPAIRED, UN-SHARPENED 30" long blade, with that PERFECT lightly frosted grayish patina over the entire surface of the blade everywhere!  Hardly but a scant tiny nick or "flea-bite" to be found on this beautiful "Cajun Queen"!  The WIRE & WRAP are simply STUNNING in every sense of the word!!! When I first bought it, the leather COMPLETE wrap was quite dry with a white/dusty appearance, and the classic simple high-copper/low zinc content of typical Confederate "brass" was also "dingy" and dull-looking.  I simply did the RIGHT THING as a conservator to not just "beautify" this UBER-RARE, SPECTACULAR "textbook" and "museum-quality" Confederate Officer's Sword, but most CRITICALLY to PROTECT/restore the natural LUSTER to the very susceptible leather--leather, being an organic animal hyde, is VERY susceptible to DRY-ROT and crumbling away, MOLD if left in a wet/humid environment, and mites/other BUGS, literally, that WILL EAT AT THE OLD LEATHER.  I simply used what EVERY serious conservator uses: "Kramer's Best Antique Improver" made from ALL-NATURAL oils/ingredients (such as linseed oil, essence of cedar oil, etc--NO PETRO-CHEMICALS!), and the "top of the line" wax, being literally "By Order of Her Majesty, the Queen of England", the Renaissance Micro-Crystalline Wax used BY the Royal Family AND all British Museums!  Hey...IF IT'S GOOD ENOUGH for the QUEEN of ENGLAND and the BILLIONS in Royal antiquities...it's certainly WORTHY of OUR TREASURES, TOO!!  This made the leather SUPPLE AGAIN, and cleaned the "dingy", dry, dusty/fading patina to both the leather and the CS classic single-strand CS brass wire.  Both are 100% INTACT, and barely a strand loose or out-of-place AT ALL!!!  TIGHT as a "drum" blade to the SWORD!!!  AND we even have the original throat washer!!!  By easy examination of the pommel (also CLASSICALLY "GRISWOLD" all-the-way!), you can see the "ping" of the sword spine through the handle has NOT been taken-apart or "monkeyed" with AT ALL!!!  And I save the best for last...the UNWORLDLY-RARE all-brass Griswold Scabbard!  100% COMPLETE & INTACT, it literally and obviously was and is custom-fit for THIS SWORD!!!  NO DAMAGE...NO REPAIRS...killer brass patina....SO FINE, I didn't have to do a THING to it, other than wipe with some Kramer's, and THAT'S IT!

And HERE'S THE BEST PART...GOOD LUCK trying to even FIND another one for sale out there...and one ANYWHERE as AFFORDABLE as this "MINTY" and "END-OF-THE-ROAD" kind of FINE, as ol' Larry Hicklen says!

$3298  SOLD


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"MINTY" CS Boyle & Gamble of Richmond, VA Foot Officer's Sword & Scabbard

Phenomenal, 100% Untouched, Original & Complete, in Extraordinary Condition

100% INTACT ORIGINAL Wire & Wrap!

KILLER Patina on the Blade, Scabbard, & Hilt

Scabbard Appears to be a "Textbook" Example of a Griswold of New Orleans Iron-Mounted Scabbard (this would be the 4th I've ever seen), with Classic Crude Mold/Lap Seam Down the ENTIRE Length of the Scabbard--the Drag is the CLASSIC Griswold-made/shaped/formed Drag, and Fits SNUG!

NO Pitting, NOT EVEN A NICK or "Flea-Bite" to the Full-Length Blade!

Now THIS is a Boyle & Gamble Foot Officer's Sword that honestly--I don't think you can find another in BETTER overall complete condition!  It's the BEST I'VE EVER HAD, let alone SEEN!  The original wire and wrap are 100% ORIGINAL, UNTOUCHED, COMPLETE, with only the most minor wear and true, honest field and service bumps or bruises--and the patina of the BRASS sand-casted, floral-motif guard, the dark/mellowed metal patina that is "ATTIC SUPER-FINE" frosty hue, with the scabbard's equally "ATTIC SUPER-FINE" dark brown even patina with the classic crude mold/lap seam ALL the WAY DOWN the scabbard!  There isn't even a NICK or even "flea-bite" to the GORGEOUS full-length 29.25" Blade with NO PITTING WHATSOEVER, and the smoothest metal surface and smoother-still frosty-dark patina with the unstopped fuller.  There is NO DAMAGE AT ALL to the BEAUTIFUL sand-cast flora-motif basket, with the classic minor "inclusions" and minor casting flaws--all you KNOW and EXPECT from a CS-made piece, even though Boyle & Gamble of Richmond, Virginia, were noted for their QUALITY of production. The ORIGINAL LEATHER WRAP and small single-strand brass-wire are PHENOMENAL, given that this piece clearly WAS ISSUED and USED in the field (which you can see some nicks and bumps in the handle, the brass hilt, and to the scabbard--the USUAL "anti-rattle" ding/crease!)  Just LOOK at ALL the SUPER-FINE PICTURES BELOW....YOU'LL SEE WHAT I MEAN!  What REALLY had me "thrown for a loop" when I first laid eyes on it was the scabbard--which I immediately thought the sword had to be a Griswold of New Orleans-made CS sword--except the handle's form/shape was definitely NOT a Griswold!  I've seen 3 other IRON-MOUNTED Griswold scabbard IDENTICAL to this one--and the "dead-give-away" is the LARGE and LONG lap seam, without a throat, but the TEXTBOOK EXAMPLE DRAG shape/form that is MOST DISTINCTIVE.  Just look at any CS reference book that shows a close-up to the Griswold's classic drag, and it's DEAD-ON!  (Mr. Shannon Pritchard's "Collecting the Confederacy" has a great shot of the Griswold drag.)  Yet, the 100%, NO-DOUBT Boyle & Gamble SWORD fits the scabbard TIGHT as a DRUM!  So I'm still rather bemused whether it's a Griswold scabbard to the Boyle and Gamble sword...or some Boyle & Gamble scabbard (!?!?!)  In EITHER CASE--it's 100% CONFEDERATE, 100% ORIGINAL, and 100% EXCEPTIONAL in it's SUPERB "ATTIC-FINE ++" condition.  ALL I had to do to it was lightly wipe the blade and scabbard with a light wipe of oil,, use the WORLD'S FINEST "By Order of Her Majesty--the Queen of England", British-made Micro-Crystalline Wax on the leather wrap (and wipe-down the brass guard/hilt), and she's SHOWROOM READY!!!

And BEST OF ALL...IF you find one better, you'd have to PAY THOUSANDS MORE to get it---IF you EVER find a better one!

$3798  SOLD

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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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NOW ONLY $1898 !!!

KILLER RARE, Published, AND Coming from the Author's OWN COLLECTION!

The "Pott's" Bowie Knife/Bayonet, Made/Sold by Pott's, a Known Military Out-fitter in New Orleans, but Also Have Proof it was most-likely made by Rees Fitzpatrick out of Natchez, MS, and sold to Retailers

Coming from the Esteemed Author, Collector, and Acclaimed CS Bowie/Blade Authority, Mr. Lee Hadaway

THIS SPECIMEN is Pictured on Page 50-51 in His "Updated Confederate Bowie Knife Guide"

Also Have the Original Letter of Sale/Authenticity from Brian Akins, who sold the piece for Mr. Hadaway under consignment!

OH YEAH!  This ULTRA-RARE Southern BEAUTY will make you "REBEL YELL", "Whistle Dixie", and want to start another WAR!!!  THIS...IS....THE....BEST!  Why?  Because it was OWNED by the most renowned CS Bowie/Fighting Knife authority, Mr. Lee Hadaway, THEN PUBLISHED as seen on pages 50-51 of his seminal CS Bowie/Fighting Knife Book "The Updated Confederate Bowie Knife Guide", AND you get the original letter of sale/authenticity from Mr. Brian Akins, who sold it for Lee under consignment!  I also E-MAILED LEE--he's such a great guy and personal friend--and he confirmed it's THE BLADE FOR SURE!  And you can ASK HIM FOR YOURSELF!

Such a rare and so unique weapon, believed to have been physically produced by Rees Fitzpatrick of Natchez, Mississippi, then sold to local Southern retailers like Potts in New Orleans before it fell to the Federals in early 1862 (Potts was a RENOWNED military good's seller in New Orleans).  So cool is it's design and function BOTH as a hand-held MEAN fighting knife--but also to be fitted as a bayonet, as well!  Excellent ingenuity and optimization by making two separate weapons into one!  Total length is 17", with the clip-point blade of 12.25" long.  TOTALLY un-sharpened, NO REPAIRS, NO CLEANING, NO SHARPENING--completely ORIGINAL and UN-TOUCHED. 

Truly "MUSEUM" and "PUBLISHED" Confederate Quality!!!!  You get the Akins' letter as shown, and again--feel free to ask Lee Hadaway yourself!

Can you find ANOTHER PUBLISHED specimen anywhere THIS NICE at THIS PRICE!?!?  NOPE!!!  This is YOUR SHOT at this baby....sadly, the owner has to sell it (consignment), but YOU can have it now!

NOW ONLY $1898 !!!  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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Tyler, Texas Arsenal RAREST of the RARE CS Saber Bayonet!

One of 331 Produced by the RAREST known CS Arsenal, and this being ONE of only a HANDFUL in EXISTENCE TODAY!

You are looking at the RAREST of the RARE when it comes not only to the RAREST CS Arsenal/Ordnance Works, but in CS-made bayonets...and a SABER BAYONET at that!  Dr. Murphy & Madaus clarified the once-thought Tredegar Iron Works bayonet as for what it truly is--a Tyler, Texas Ordnance Works crudest and rarest of all CS Arsenal-made bayonets!  Since SO FEW remain in existence, and given the utterly CRUDE, SIMPLISTIC production to the piece, it certainly is NOT anything from the quality that the Tredegar Iron Works EVER would have let out their doors!  Given all we DO KNOW about the Tyler, Texas Ordnance Works is this: WHATEVER they made, it was in the SMALLEST quantities, of the CRUDEST construction, with VERY FEW SURVIVING SPECIMENS.  We also have the surviving records for the production orders between November of 1863 through May 1864, where Tyler's Ordnance Works did produce these bayonets for their "Texas Rifles".  We also have the known sample submitted to the Texas Military Board--meeting all of their criteria for production of an IRON SABER BAYONET, and another specimen with a "Texas Rifle" (number "814) that essentially is identical to this and the other handful left in existence.  Like most EVERYTHING Tyler's Ordnance Works made...no two are "exactly alike"!!!  Being so crude, hand-produced in such small numbers, usually utilizing parts/pieces from other weapons to make their own "Texas Rifles" and other weaponry, this one 100% CONFORMS to the handful left in existence in the following ways: (1) it is a SINGLE-PIECE, IRON-CASTED Saber Bayonet, (2) has the MOST DISTINCTIVE "RIBBING" cast into the underside of the handle, (3) the barrel "O"-ring is bored-out, and (4) the spring catch is of the exact same sizing and placement on the right-side of the handle.  Most of the FEW REMAINING SPECIMENS do NOT have the spring catch intact....BUT THIS ONE DOES!!!  Some have a rather straight blade form, (as the one shown in Murphy & Madaus' "Confederate Rifles and Muskets" excellent reference book), while others have the identical contoured body of the blade such as this one, and the one documented in Mr. Shannon Pritchard's "Collecting the Confederacy" MOST EXCELLENT reference book (if you do NOT have THESE REFERENCE BOOKS...GO BUY THEM NOW!  You'll thank me later!!!).  Indeed, despite having the spring catch intact and fully-functional, the truly USELESS quillion has broken-off--which is yet another sign of Tyler's poor quality of production (and NOT the HIGH QUALITY of what Tredegar was accounted for!)



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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!!!

$4298  SOLD

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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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Ultra-Rare Thomas Griswold & Co. of New Orleans, Confederate Cavalryman's Officer Sword

No, your eyes do NOT deceive you!  Not only is any Thomas Griswold-made sword rare already....but the "Holy Grail" of the Griswold swords is always the Cavalry Officer's saber!  Once having a completely brass scabbard, this beautiful sword once was worn PROUDLY by a Confederate Cavalry officer--with a great likelihood of coming straight off of a Louisianan.  At any rate, this specimen was picked-up by me the Friday of the Franklin Show (when Davis was suddenly put into the PICU, and I had to leave the show ASAP).  At the time, the entire wiring and wrap was 100% completely GONE.  The original wood core was left intact, and everything else was just splendid--100% untouched tight blade and that beautiful floral motif upon the tines of the basket with the brass having that beautiful, mellow hue.  I had the museum-quality restorationist Mr. Jeff T. Leathers of Tennessee do an outstanding job of authentically re-wrapping and rewiring the sword back to its original condition (obviously with modern leather and correct wiring).  He made sure to put the right number of "wire-twists" shown on the few known specimens to matcher PERFECTLY.

Sure....we ALL wish the original wire, wrap, and scabbard were with this ultra-rare sword....or better yet, if it had the Griswold maker's-mark....but what do you expect for this price???

$3498  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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 Memphis Novelty Works CS Cavalry Sword

100% Compete, Intact, All-Original (No Reproduction Wire Nor Wrap!)

TIGHT Blade, Almost 100% Intact Original Leather Wrap--Tight 2-Twine Wire

One of the RAREST Confederate Swords Produced...EVER

Only Produced Between September of 1861 through April 1862 in Memphis (Memphis Falling Soon Afterward)

The Memphis Novelty Works Becoming Thereafter Known By Their Owners "Leech & Rigdon"

You are indeed staring at one of the rarest maker-known swords of the entire Confederacy--which should be obvious since the Memphis Novelty Works was only in operation producing war material from September 1861 through early 1862 (after the fall of Forts Henry, Donelson, and Island Number 10, Memphis fell so quickly after a sharp, but quick and decisive river engagement that the South could muster against the overwhelming might of Farragut's Yankee armada.)  Thus, having at most 8 months to produce material, these swords are indeed FEW AND FAR BETWEEN to be found!  This is believed to be a very early example, given that it is not maker-marked, has neither an "un-stopped" nor "stopped" fuller, has the luxury of 2-twine "standard" brass wire (which would later be reduced by the growing lack of brass to using simple copper wiring), high furniture-quality brass guard/tines, and thus is believed this was an early production piece that was being produced in the UTMOST HASTE to equip the many unarmed cavalrymen in the Western Theater so early in the war.  There are so many gorgeously beautiful facets to this fine, extremely rare specimen: the original wrap (with distinct dark brown/russet leather for the wrap) is essentially INTACT and COMPLETE.  Virtually no wear, cracking, crazing, or damage to the phenomenal wrap worth any note.  And the brass 2-twine wire is so very NICE AND TIGHT with the grip--no loose ends or looseness at all.  By looking at the ping upon the characteristic Memphis Novelty Works VERY ROUNDED pommel cap, you can easily tell this has NEVER been taken apart to be "monkeyed with" with any reproduction parts.  All original parts, my friends.  The blade, as mentioned before, is neither "stopped" nor "un-stopped", but simply runs past the guard/basket into the handle spine of the blade.  It has your expected UNTOUCHED and UNCLEANED softened steely grey and mottled patina that you LOVE to see on Confederate REAL STEEL!  Full length blade, of course, measuring 34" long.  It is the South's variant/version of a "heavy cavalry" or "wristbreaker" sword for their gallant horsemen.  But there's something even more "killer" and cool about this piece--there's NO DOUBT that this one got issued at used 100% FOR SURE!  Having the standard 3-tine brass guard/basket, the outer basket DEFINITELY was bent inward....which could ONLY happen due to an extremely violent and powerful force pushing it inward.  It is not damaged AT ALL.  And no damage repairs ANYWHERE.  But like many other noted specimens exhibiting this occurrence, the rider clearly was gripping the sword when thrown violently from his horse and hitting the ground (or horse falling upon the guard/basket).  Being an ex-Quality Assurance Engineer working for an international steel company (Armco-Kawasaki Steel Foundry), I KNOW MY METALLURGY!  You have no idea how many Newtons of Force (sorry--hate to pull out my Physics and Engineering books on you, but the "truth and facts" are as such!) it would take to cause this to occur.  There are the also the usual "battle nicks"--very few, but only enough to prove this baby didn't sit far behind the lines guarding a bridge or warehouse!  Only through a sudden and violent exertion of force could cause this.  Boy...the stories this most gorgeous and rare beauty could tell!

As it is, I wish you "good luck" finding a Memphis Novelty Works Cavalrymen's 100% complete, intact, original sword anywhere near this price.  Heck--I'm pricing it like most people price generic "Dog River" swords!!!  Feel free to pay $10,000+ for another one!  It's your money to waste!   I'll be MORE than happy to keep it!

$3900  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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Wonderful Haiman Brothers CS Cavalry Sword w/ID'ed Provenance to Pvt. William C. Howard, 5th NC Cavalry

Comes With Binder of Pvt. Howard's (Copies) Soldier Records, Roster, 1860 Census, Regimental History, and Copy of Original 6th Plate Image

Offered here is a beautiful and wonderful piece of Confederate history, coming complete with specific provenance of being from the state sale for Private William C. Howard of the 5th North Carolina Cavalry (later re-designated the 63rd NC State Troops), and a binder of information, copies of his roster reports, service record, unit history, 1860 census copy, AND an original copy of his 6th plate image.  This piece was originally acquired at the estate auction by Brent Smith of Brent's Militaria of Greensboro, North Carolina, and comes with the original letter of authenticity from Brent Smith in 2005.  Though Brent sold the image separately, we do at least have a copy of his image that he provided with his letter of authenticity.  The sword, though originally designated as a "Dog River," appears by all attributes to actually be that of Louis and Elijah Haiman of Columbus, Georgia.  They were a noted producer of Confederate cavalry swords during the entire war, making them until almost the very end of the war.  The piece exhibits the classic "Haiman traits" of having the oilcloth wrap, sharply-curved handle, and deformation/tang-forging anomaly by the ricasso, as well as the classic blade style, shape, contour, 3-tine design, unstopped fuller, and measurement of your archetypical Haiman product.  The blade is a wonderful uncleaned, deep, and rich patina, having that smooth dark "attic" tone you love to see on your truly Confederate weapons!  The blade is absolutely TIGHT with the handle/grip, so no apologies there.  No sharpening, either.  No damage to the piece whatsoever, and for the sake of restoration and protection of the oilcloth wrap, a period-correct wire has been professionally added to the grip by the top sword restorationist around--again, to ensure that the oilcloth will be handled easier, and adhere longer with the wiring.  And it also looks great!  If I didn't tell you, you probably would never have known!  But at Champion Hill Relics, we don't pull any "monkey-business" like that.  Instead, you get a true Confederate piece with excellent provenance and history that you can proudly own for a modest price!  I've seen junky Colt revolvers sell for more than THIS!  Yet another fine Confederate, yet affordable piece of irreplaceable history to entice you.  This relic can really talk.   Private Howard enlisted July 18, 1862, and fought until the "bitter end".  The 5th NC and Howard would fight in essentially every major (and minor) cavalry engagement in the Army of Northern Virginia, surrendering at Appomattox.


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