Swords & Blades


THE CS D-Guard of William Gamble Green, 10th Georgia

Straight from the Green Family, Mrs. Gail Wyatt, who William Green was her G-G-G-Uncle (see letters/emails below). She and her G-G-Grandfather's and last of the Three Green brothers Items I have had the HONOR to Sell

William Green was Promoted to Lieutenant, and be Fatally Wounded at Chancellorsville, Fighting for several days in Stonewall's Most Renowned--and last--Victory

All Muster Rolls and his Widow's Affidavits (wife was Mrs. Sarah Green) I found, proving WHERE and WHEN he was Mortally-Wounded and Died at Home (He and all Green Family WELL DOCUMENTED in the 1993 Publication "First Families of Henry County" & records were incorrect)

Everything to be Provided to Future Owner

 

It has been a GREAT HONOR to have been sought and allowed to HANDLE and to OFFER YOU some of the FINEST ID'ed weapons from the Green family, mainly through the G-G-granddaughter Mrs. Gail G. Wyatt, where ALL of the Green family lived in Georgia during the war.  Most of them were born in, or lived in, Henry County, Georgia--where I had lived for some 7 years before moving here to Mississippi (lived in Stockbridge, and some time in historic Jonesboro).  I had the D-Guards (and other goodies) from the Green family--two brothers both in the 22nd GA, both wounded at Gettysburg, and already sold all their stuff.  Gail Wyatt is the G-G-Granddaughter to Samuel Green of the 22nd Georgia Infantry.  Samuel's other brother, Henry Green, was also with him in the 22nd Georgia, and again, BOTH being WOUNDED at Gettysburg [see ALL Green family history, Gail's letters, et al, provided below, and to be given to future owner!]  The entire family were pioneer settlers of Henry County, and thus their history is greatly chronicled in the 1993 publication of "First Families of Henry County" [see below]. THIS is the LAST remaining Green family member and his stuff (his D-guard, and was promoted to Lieutenant, so he must have sent it/took it home after becoming and officer....got his Officer's Sword, his belt rig, accoutrements, etc, which I MAY be SELLING soon...or MAY be KEEPING!)  He is William Gamble Green of the 10th Georgia Infantry.  His history shows "died of wounds--date not stated--in Virginia".  Also shows he was born in 1822, and was buried after his death in the Thomson City Cemetery, McDuffie County, GA.  Since he was listed as "wounded" and SERIOUSLY (then fatally), he was sent BACK to Georgia, and died from the wounds, and thus why we have his items he DIED with!)  HOWEVER, thanks to my "super-sleuthing" as my friends acclaim me for my great "detective work," I have ALL his muster rolls AND the State of Georgia records where Lt./Captain William Green's WIDOW, Mrs. Sarah Green, filed multiple legal affidavits within the city/county where they lived and he died and was buried...AND WITHIN ONE of those affidavits signed by his then widowed wife, she explains he "died of wounds received at Chancellorsville..."  GOT IT!!!  KNOW WE KNOW "where" he was mortally wounded. She was applying for state and CS government benefits for her and her family given his ULTIMATE SACRIFICE for his state and new country.  As shown with the battlemaps below (and corresponding pages of the history of the 10th Georgia, et al, ALL to be given to new owner) the 10th GA fought  was in McLaw's Division, Semme's Brigade at Chancellorsville.  They fought some May 1st and 2nd, but it would be on May 4th-6th at Salem Church (after Stonewall wounded) when the Yanks came from Fredericksburg FROM BEHIND LEE that McLaw's Division alone would STOP a Yankee CORPS!  This is where the overwhelming majority of McLaw's Brigade casualties would be during Chancellorsville, and PROBABLY when he was mortally wounded.

He was an eager recruit on June 11, 1861, and then promoted/elected to Lieutenant on November 2, 1861.  He clearly went to war with this D-Guard, and either sent it home after becoming an officer, or put it with his officer baggage.  After all, most "fighting knives" NEVER were used for "fighting" as much for DAILY USE in camp!  And I/the family have NO QUALMS about "breaking-up" his items...more people to LOVE and REVERE his ULTIMATE SACRIFICE for the Cause.  The D-Guard is 12.5" long with an 8" long blade, and the blade is 1.5" wide.  No cracks, no repairs, no damage.  His hand-carving of "Wm + G + Green 10th GA" is faded, but still quite easily seen and legible.  Blade is SOLIDLY INTACT and UN-TOUCHED!

Here's YOUR CHANCE to Own a True CS-Made & Used D-Guard Fighting Blade, STRAIGHT from the family, DOCUMENTED and IMPECCABLE Provenance, to a REAL "HERO" who Gave ALL for Georgia & The Confederacy.

$2298  Sale Pending

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BIG, MEAN, Confederate D-Guard Bowie Fighting Knife from Old GAR Hall, Bearing Traces of their Gold Paint

Came Through the Renowned Authority, Mr. Raphael Eledge of "Antiques Roadshow"/Shiloh Relics Fame !!!

Whopping 2-Inch+ Wide, 9" Long CLIP POINT Blade

Total Length is 15" Long, with "R H" Carved Into Handle

Unique "D"-Guard Shape (comes forward to a WIDE Straight front Guard) AND with Cast "Loop Hole" so that the CS Soldier could Tie IT to HIMSELF & NOT lose it!

It's not as if anyone could possibly EVER question that this BIG, MEAN Yankee-Sticker is a "fake"--but it's ALWAYS GREAT to KNOW that a piece comes through truly one of the world-renowned authorities of War Between the States pieces, Mr. Raphael Eledge of the PBS' "Antiques Roadshow" appraiser & long-time owner of Shiloh Relics.  Once I saw him sell it to a buddy of mine, I WANTED IT!!!  And I GOT IT!!!  I just LOVE the "LOOK" of this rather uniquely-formed, BIG and SCARY-LOOKING D-Guard CS Bowie Fighting Knife!  And the traces of gold paint from it's obvious time within the once hallowed halls of old Federal veterans who had TO FACE THESE BLADES....that's just the "icing on the cake"!!!  And this is the 1st I've ever seen with a TIE-STRING LOOP-HOLE that is NOT DRILLED, but clearly appears to have been casted, or at least formed by the maker of this D-guard.  It's a WHOPPING just over 2" wide CLIP-POINT blade, being 9" long, and the total length of the knife being 15" long. The quality of construction is that of either a VERY GOOD blacksmith who KNEW how to make a Bowie Fighting Knife, OR a CS Arsenal, for it is so WELL BALANCED (that "perfect" distribution and "feel" when wielding it...you now what I'm talking about!), and the entire knife, from the blade, the grip, the CS brass (high copper-content/low zinc) sleeves for the two iron rivets, and nicely curled quillion, and this known, but rather rare "D"-Guard shape where the front-facing "D" guard comes to a WIDE, then ABRUPT flat-facing front.  The UNTOUCHED PEEN is there--this is 100% ALL JOHNNY REB, BIG and MEAN "Arkansas Toothpick" that found itself as a war trophy/souvenir to adorn some GAR hall as mementoes of their "Golden Years" back when they were the "boys of '61"....and NOW you KNOW where the phrase "Golden Years' come from---yes, from the GAR's standard practice of painting these war trophies with gold!  [As a side-note, the Old Soldier Homes for Confederates in the South...they often painted theirs in SILVER--I've gotten some killer SILVER-COATED CS pieces!!!]

$2398

LOVE the CAST Tie-String Loop Hole!!!

 

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KILLER-RARE CS-Made Flag Pike w/Partial Staff !!!

From the World-Famous Michael Kramer Collection

Crude FILE-BLADE Conversion Pike-Head

21" Total Length, 13" Long File Blade-Conversion Blade

Was Acquired from a Tennessee Estate Years Ago

I just LOVE finding the more RAREST, unusual, most-historic Confederate pieces I can possibly get my hands on!  And when you can get it form truly the world-renowned Confederate collector and authority, Mr. Michael Kramer, then it's GONNA BE THE BEST, THE RAREST, and MOST HISTORIC!  Coming directly from a Tennessee estate years ago, this RARE CONFEDERATE BEAUTY is one of the very few CS Flag-Pike's you will ever see--and one of the CRUDEST that's I've ever known, or anyone else, for that matter!!!  I had acquired one from the Champion Hill battlefield--my great friend Col. Blakeslee was a nearby native to Champion Hill, and bought LOADS of all the relics the Johnson family (formerly slaves to the Roberts' family on the battlefield) had been collecting in their barns since literally the battle on May 16, 1863!  And he got a KILLER "Clover-Leaf" Flag-Pike, probably a Georgia-made/Griswold flag-pike, which I had then bought from the Colonel for MY collection [see below!]  I've also put several other KNOWN CS flag-pikes pictured below.  THIS ONE, however, is nowhere as "ornate" or "stylish" as the others....OH NO...it's a CLASSIC "Johnny-job" performed by some blacksmith who converted a large file-blade into the pike-blade--you can barely see the file cross-hatching, but it's there, I took a couple close-ups to show!  It's exactly a 13" long pike-blade, having a unique thin "T" guard, that is 90-degrees to the ridged pike-blade, and they are CURVED UP and ROUNDED at the ends.  Once again, NO regular "pike" EVER has THIS attribute.  They either have a straight-up single pike-head on top of the flag-staff, or the "Clover-Leaf" design with SHARPENED deadly side-blades, some even had a "spike" with an "axe" on them, and others were more simple 3 or 4-sided "spikes" [see KNOWN CS flag-pikes/spikes below.]  With this one having rounded and curving-up decorative 90-degree "T" guard, IT MAKES SENSE that it's ROUNDED and CURVED UP, so that the flag does NOT SNAG, RIP, and TARE as it would with the other sharpened Pike-blades.  I started-out reenacting as a color-bearer, and that flag would always want to get wrapped around the top, strong winds and running in battle...no, THIS IS WHY THIS PIKE-HEAD IS DESIGNED for a FLAG POLE! And it's also OBVIOUSLY NOT a "fighting knife," as the wooden shaft is 8" LONG!!!  With their much smaller size and stature then versus now, it's absurd to think this was made as a "fighting knife".  Now, perhaps the flag-pole was shattered in-combat, and the color-bearer/color-guard wanted to keep this most HONORED and TREASURED piece of their beloved flag-pole bearing their proud flag, and perhaps did use it as a "fighting knife".  However, the far more commonsensical conclusion is that this was kept as a souvenir once the war was over, and like many other pikes and staffs, cut it down to a more easily displayable size (total length is EXACTLY 21" long).

It's pieces like THIS--classically Confederate, with usually means VERY CRUDE, yet despite it's crudeness, was fashioned into a useful piece, to BEAR THEIR BELOVED BATTLEFLAG--these pieces, coming form the FINEST collection/collector of all things Confederate...I LOVE IT!  And it won't cost the price of a same-section of a "Joe Brown" OR "John Brown" true fighting pike!  It still even has Kramer's tag (I took it off for the pictures--but show a picture of it!)

$1598

Below is the Flag Pike Recovered on Champion Hill Battlefield from Johnson Family after the Battle/War, Purchased in 1967 by Col. Blakeslee ... and NO, there were NO PIKES USED in the May 16, 1863 Battle of Champion Hill !!!

Below is another KNOWN CS "Clover-Leaf" Flag Pike, basically IDENTICAL to the one Recovered at Champion Hill (believed to be a Georgia-Made flag Pike, like Griswold)

Below are OTHER KNOWN CS Flag Pikes

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Sweet PUBLISHED Dug Fighting Bowie in Scabbard!!!

As Published in the MUST-HAVE book by the Relic TITAN Mr. Charles Harris, "Civil War Relics of the Western Campaigns," noting it was recovered from Corinth, MS

From the same consignor (obviously, a collector who ONLY WANTS THE BEST!) we have this PUBLISHED complete excavated Bowie Fighting knife, as pictured in Relic Guru Charlie Harris' "Civil War Relics of the Western Campaign".  [If y'all don't have this book--BUY ONE NOW!]  Found in Corinth, the wood and leather are clearly long-gone (found in the late 1960's), but the iron blade, handle-spine, iron "T" guard, and brass (HIGH copper-content, LOW zinc-content, and despite he says it was "recovered in a Union camp," y'all who KNOW CORINTH, Mississippi, KNOWS that the Johnnies camped EVERYWHERE and entrenched ALL OVER the place, and then later the Yanks, and then the momentous Battle of Corinth in October, 1862 for 2 days--I BELIEVE it is CONFEDERATE!)

Regardless, here's a NO BS, TRUE Civil War soldier used (and lost/left) Bowie Fighting Knife that is PUBLISHED!  All 6.5" long of it!  Yeah, the consignor and I put the scabbard tip facing the wrong way as in the picture--we'll flip it back around front, like the published picture shows!  The SMALL belt-loop is intact--and AGAIN, it will NOT FIT a US REGULATION BELT--they are TOO BIG.....it's a Rebel Blade!

$698

 


ONLY the RAREST & BEST CS Pieces from ME !!!

"Holy Grail" Ultra-Rare CS Officer/NCO Naval Cutlass

From THE Edward Simmons, "Godfather" Pioneer CS Author & Collector, w/Letter from His Son who Sold it!

The "Wasp"-Blade "S"-Guard CS Officer/NCO Cutlass

100% Intact, Original, Un-Touched, 18" Blade and Total Length of 24.5" Long, SILVER-Washed "S"-Guard (which is why these are Believed to be Officer/NCO swords)

 Believed to been Made by the Union Car Works of Portsmouth, Virginia, but Latest Research Points to it being produced by the Columbus Naval Iron Works, in the MEGA-CS Supply Center in Columbus, Georgia

as Documented in Ed Simmons & William Albaugh's "Confederate Arms" Book, & Published in North/South Trader's Price Guide

Coming From FAMED CS Collector, Mr. Michael Kramer

Y'all who've been watching my website already KNOW that I will ONLY seek-out and offer YOU the VERY BEST!!!  And when it comes to COLD SOUTHERN STEEL....the RARER, most DOCUMENTED and KILLER the sweet Southern Steel...THE BEST is what you get!

Literally just purchased this from my great friend, and truly world-renowned (though he's way too modest--his humility is a great trait!) Confederate collector, Mr. Michael Kramer.  All one has to do is look in almost EVERY modern publication, magazine, reference book--you name it--and you'll find "courtesy of Michael Kramer" or other acknowledgements.  And HE acquired it from the son of the truly "Godfather" pioneer of Confederate collecting and chronicling, Mr. Edward N. Simmons, who co-authored the "Confederate Arms" book with equally legendary William Albaugh III, back in the 1950's.  Edward N. Simmons' son, Edward T. Simmons, sold this piece back on September 29th, 2007, and his SIGNED LETTER attesting to this being of his father's collection will GO WITH THIS BLADE TO THE FUTURE OWNER!!!  As Albaugh and Simmons documented in "Confederate Arms," [see book and excerpt below], these were seemingly found around the Portsmouth to Norfolk, Virginia area (the Union Car Works of Portsmouth, VA),  but LATEST research now attributes the manufacture of these ULTRA-RARE CS Naval Cutlasses to the Columbus Naval Iron Works, within the MEGA-CS Supply Center of Columbus, Georgia!  This PHENOMENAL, 100% ORIGINAL, 100% INTACT, 100% TIGHT BLADE, 100% UN-TOUCHED PEEN, UN-SHARPENED, everything being UN-TOUCHED since the War, measures 24.5" total length, with 18" double-sided "wasp" blade (how the blade curves inward towards the ricasso).  THIS SPECIMEN is RARER STILL, in that it has SILVER-WASH upon the front-facing classic "S"-Guard, thus OBVIOUSLY being issued to/worn by an Officer or high-ranking NCO--no simple deck "swabby" could afford to have it silver-washed!  And the handle is a FAR HIGHER QUALITY and condition specimen (most "ribbed" and very worn-out, being far poorer in construction.)

Though I am often one to "bloviate"--given small dissertations upon my pieces I offer to sell--you KNOW IT'S SO GOOD when I can STOP and LET THE PICTURES do ALL THE SELLING FOR ME!

Good Luck finding one that is THIS NICE, and with such KILLER PROVENANCE !!!!

$3298  Sale Pending

 

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COLD Southern STEEL has NEVER been SWEETER!

"Attic-Minty" Intact Haiman Brothers of Columbus, GA Made CS Cavalry Officer's Sword & Scabbard!

The CLASSIC Haiman CS Cavalry Officer's Early/Mid-War Production Sword, 100% INTACT Iron Wire & Wrap!

ALL-ORIGINAL, 100% TIGHT Blade, Not a DING or "Flea-Bite" on the 34.5" Blade, Perfect Mellowed Brass & Iron,  100% Gorgeous "Textbook" Scabbard!

This is just as KILLER CONFEDERATE,  RARE & GORGEOUS as Cold Southern Steel can GET!

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 had my BLESSED OPPORTUNITIES not only to SEE and HOLD specimens as FINE and HISTORIC as this one...but those chances have been RARE BLESSINGS, INDEED!  But to have such specimens LIKE THIS--an EARLY/MID-WAR PRODUCTION variant, being a dual Officer's AND Cavalryman's 100% ORIGINAL, UN-TOUCHED sword, having the the IRON wiring 100% INTACT with the 100% intact Wrap???  The "peen" untouched....the blade UN-SHARPENED, and a KILLER "STEELY" dark-"attic-minty" brown, mellowed, smooth, even patina??? A TIGHT BLADE???  The INTACT "textbook" Haiman Scabbard, of brass sling-ring mounts, but iron rings and always iron drag????  THIS ONE HAS IT ALL.  Right from the start, the patina of the iron blade, the grip, the 3-tine basket (with CLASSIC Confederate HIGH COPPER/LOW ZINC content, thus a VERY RED HUE to most of the "brass"), it is just a GORGEOUS SPECIMEN!  Look at it yourself!  Louis and Elijah Haiman of Columbus, Georgia, ran one of the MANY other Columbus-based Confederate suppliers, which 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 SPECIFIC "Columbus" weapons and blades, small-arms and 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 usual CS trait of the un-stopped fuller with no sharpening, only the most minor wear to be found anywhere, and best of all...the blade is TIGHT!!!  The brass is of a much higher quality, indicative of an early to mid-war production, as the typical Confederate brass was HIGH in copper, but LOW in zinc--not THIS ONE!  Most beautiful, mellowed, fantastic SWEET brass on the basket, as well as the ring-mounts on the scabbard. 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 is 100% complete, original, and INTACT!  The wrap and wire are INTACT and TIGHT, only a few whispers of minor and typical  fading/aging when it comes to leather wrap--but IT IS STILL 100% THERE!!!)  There are the usual archetypical Haiman traits, of course--the curved/slimming-at-the-end handle (though not as pronounced as some), the usual expected casting flaw or two, especially from these production specimens, as they were in a BIG HURRY to MAKE, SHIP, and ISSUE into the FIELD OF COMBAT.  This one has a SLICK metal patina, but one that--again--shows the early-war "HURRY-UP and SHIP" traits of gas-bubbles still seen in the "finished" blade at the end of the UN-NICKED, NO FLEA BITE blade, at the very tip of the 34.5" blade.    All blades are first sand-casted, then re-heated and finished by bar, hammer, sometimes file, and soap-stone.  This one still has the gas voids in the casted blade!  The quality of the "brass" as we know and discuss constantly with Confederate "brass" also is true with their iron/steel as well. [Gee..can you tell I worked as a Quality Engineer for a Steel Mil?!?!?]

In MY OPINION, this was one was issued to an Officer who obviously NEVER saw a lot of "action" in the field--IT'S JUST TOO GOOD!!!   It just would NEVER had held-up to 4 years of strenuous service.  Several of these rarer, early-war variants EXACTLY like THIS ONE are in several museums--including in Columbus, GA!--and all ID'ed to CS officer's.  These also just as easily and quickly got "gobbled-up" and used by common enlisted men, as with many other swords, plates/belts, revolvers, and leather pieces.  It was "catch as catch-can" with teeming thousands of Confederates UN-ARMED, but READY TO "kill 20 Yankees"...all they needed was COLD SOUTHERN STEEL!  There were other "officer" Haiman variants, but this one is the BEST and MOST COMPLETE specimen I've seen yet!  Yeah, the washer is missing, and the iron throat came-off long ago, but that's NOTHING!

I love it.  I'm so blessed to have actually gotten my hands on one of these rare specimens--and moreover, 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!

$2898  Sale Pending/Layaway

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Phenomenal FULL/COMPLETE "Clover-Leaf" CS "Georgia Pike"--an Un-Marked Griswold Classic Pike

100% Original, INTACT Specimen, Solid & Beautiful!

84.5" LONG, Main Blade 10" Long, Sides 8" Total Width

The Incredible Gov. Joe Brown of Georgia ORDERED [see parts of his order issued below] "Georgia Pike"!!!

Out of EVERYTHING that one could possibly collect/own/SEE...coming from what is known and credited WORLD-WIDE as the first "modern war"--out War Between the States of 1861-1865--we have here a weapon made BY ORDER of the Governor of Georgia, being a fighting weapon that literally in thousands of years old in design.  Of course...sometimes a "good thing never gets old"!  Indeed, during a war with GRENADES, REPEATING RIFLES, SUBMARINES, LAND-MINES, using the SKY for gaining INTEL, using LOCOMOTIVES, first ARMORED WARSHIPS...and ON and ON....we still have thousands of simple, yet time-proven PIKES made by order, for use in the world's first "modern war".  And these are NOT EASY TO FIND in their original, un-touched, FULLY-INTACT condition, either!  This beauty, being undoubtedly a Samuel Griswold-produced but un-marked specimen, is in all it's over 7-feet long original condition.  It was Joe Brown himself that NAMES IT the "Georgia Pike" in his February of 1862, the Governor of Georgia--Joe Brown--issued the following order/declaration:

"TO THE MECHANICS OF GEORGIA

The late reserves which have attended our arms show that absolute necessity of renewed energy and determination on our part...'Independence or death' should be our watchword and reply of every freeborn son of the South....our enemies have vastly superior numbers and greatly the advantage in the quantity and quality of their arms....we have guns enough in the Confederacy to arm a very large force, but not enough for all the troops which have been called to the field.  What shall be done in this emergency?  I answer: use the 'Georgia Pike'....let every army have a large reserve, armed with a good pike, and a long, heavy side knife...long-range guns sometimes fail to fire and waste hundreds of balls to one that takes effect; but the shortest range pike and the terrible knife, when brought within their proper range (as they can be almost in a moment)  and wielded by a stalwart patriot's arm, never fail to fire and never waste a single load..."

And his order/address is MANY paragraphs long, but I at least leave you with the FACTS behind their large-scale production in Georgia, and some believed in South Carolina, as well.  There were dozens of factories, machine-shops, railroad works, cotton gin-makers, et al, in Georgia that would convert for making weapons for their state, and the Confederacy.  Samuel Griswold had an existing cotton gin factory along the rail-lines, just outside of Macon, Georgia, and his factory would become LEGENDARY for their production of these pikes, as well as the Griswold revolver, and other fighting blades/swords.  The area around his factory and works, which required many skilled and un-skilled laborers, thus made a "town" that they appropriately called "Griswoldville".  It would also be the very site of a most tragic, sad event--the Battle of Griswoldville, during Sherman's "March to the Sea" in the autumn of 1864.  Only a small force of Georgia State "reserves"--comprised of old men and literally young boys--would most nobly, honorably, but tragically try to defend the town.  They were met with Sherman's cavalry, well-armed with Spencer repeating carbines and rifles...and it was a SLAUGHTER.  As one Union cavalry officer wrote of the "battle", "...it was the most pitiful sight...one I shall never forget...there lay the young sons and older father of an entire family, shot and killed in this horrible affair...".

Thus, in that context again of the truly first "modern war" as exhibited in the Battle of Griswoldville--making this very "Georgia Pike"--makes this a most historic and unique piece of the history of the war. 

$2998  Sale Pending

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MOST RARE & Beautiful Side-Handled D-Guard from NC

From My Old Friend, Joe Ginn Jr., from  Cherryville, North Carolina, & Coming Out from My Personal Collection

Intact 12" Clip-Point Blade, 17" Total Length

ULTRA-RARE beauty, in "Attic" Condition, from the "Stadler" Family around Kingston, North Carolina, who had many Ancestors who fought for The Confederacy

Seriously....HOW RARE IS IT to find a "Left-Handed"/Side-Handled D-Guard?!?!?  Yeah....you see about ONE for sale in a couple years!  It has been a joy to have had this KILLER-RARE piece from my dear late friend, Joe Ginn, Jr., of Cherryville, North Carolina.  He and his family were ALWAYS on the "hunt" for relics--and they had the luck and blessings to un-cover some of the RAREST, most amazing Confederate AND Federal pieces I have ever seen!  It's amazing what they had scrounged out of the bushes of the Carolina's and up into Virginia.  THIS was one of those many pieces that when Joe got himself "in a bind," you'd get a KILLER DEAL, on a KILLER ITEM....and you were helping a true friend. Anyone and everyone that knew ol' Joe Ginn couldn't help but LOVE HIM.  He was MASSIVE in appearance--most formidable to see--but was nothing but a big-hearted old teddy-bear in every way.  He was as kind and loyal as any best friend, and was a true Christian.  He as an ARDENT member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, doing reenactments, living history encampments, and going to local schools to teach about the South and the War.  NC cavalry and infantry regiments camped on their family's acreage not far from Cherryville--and he dug a loaded A&W revolver, amongst other pieces! His daddy (and daddy's-daddy) and uncles were all "moonshiners" there in the south/central highlands of the hills of North Carolina around their ancestral home in and around Cherryville, NC. 

This specific UBER-RARE "Side-Handled" D-Guard Bowie fighting knife he had acquired from the "Stadler" family, from nearby Kingston, North Carolina, in 1993.  I even had an ID'ed Austrian CS-imported M1854 Lorenz Rifle to a "Stadler" in the 6th North Carolina not long ago!  There were many within the Stadler and connected family and kinfolk that served North Carolina so bravely during The War for Southern Independence.  The family only relayed to Joe that it had "been from one of the kin who fought in the War....been in the family ever since...". [See Joe's original e-mail below].  I had sold this last year, and the current owner is "thinning-out" his collection, so he's selling it on consignment...and NOW it can BE YOURS! 

The blade is a great clip-point FOOT-LONG blade, and the total length is at 17" total.  As these are VERY RARE, only a handful are published anywhere!  My great friend, and THE AUTHORITY on Confederate Bowie Knives--author Lee Hadaway, and his "Confederate Bowie Knife Guide" and "UPDATED Confederate Bowie Knife Guide" books are PARAMOUNT to HAVE if you collect CS fighting knives!  He has one pictured that is also clearly a local-made (not a CS Arsenal-made piece) specimen, having a similar large front-facing "guard" basket, which is REALLY SMART in design, for as you hold it, it SHIELDS the ENTIRE HAND HOLDING THE BOWIE!  Same with this one!  All the other D-Guard with tiny "guards"....they hardly guarded ANYTHING!!!  Not in a REAL knife-fight!  But as the one Mr. Hadaway has published, and also with this one, the front guard is around the ENTIRE BASE of the blade, and COMPLETELY PROTECTS the HAND of the MAN HOLDING IT!  In fact...LOOK at the PICS of THIS ONE...you'll see where--NO JOKE!!!--where a "V" notch was made on the TOP of the basket, but clearly where ANOTHER KNIFE HAD STRUCK the guard and made that "V" notch cut.  I'm not saying it was done in hand-to-hand combat, or post-war knife-fight...but LOOK FOR YOURSELF!  It "is what it is"....SOMEONE took a KNIFE and took a WHACK at the guard-basket, and made the "V" cut!  The typically CS local-crude, simple, but effective construction traits are all over this baby.  Has the perfect, UN-TOUCHED "since the war", attic patina.  The wooden handle was crudely made, and has shrunk over the past 150+ years, but is intact with the peen at the bottom.  The simple iron Ferrule at the front/top of the handle is also present, but obviously a little loose, since the handle has shrunk.  But everything is present and intact--just clearly an old, local-made COLD SOUTHERN--North Carolina STEEL that's been left untouched in some attic for generations.

From my old, late dear friend...to MY personal collection...but now having to be sold from the current owner...IT CAN BE YOURS!!!  May it bring YOU all the love and enjoyment in our history and past as it did for me.

$1898  Sale Pending

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Beautiful, Most Historic Virginia Manufactory Sword

Splendid Original Example coming Out of Richmond!

Intact Wire, Wrap, Nice Full Blade

One of the Most Historic, Oldest of SOUTHERN STEEL!

Beginning in 1802--not even a couple decades of our nation's "birth"--the State of Virginia ordered the Virginia Manufactory in Richmond for rifles, muskets, pistols, and swords for her state's militia (even BEFORE the National US 1808 "Militia Act") to be so armed and ready to defend...."Sic Simper Tyrannous"!  From 1802 through 1822, the Virginia Manufactory produced such for  "ol' Virginny," which would see service in the War of 1812, Mexican War, Indian Wars, and finally "revived" for the great War for Southern Independence in 1861.  Of the several variants that the Virginia Manufactory made, this is the latter version, having the ever-distinct iron guard with slotted "relief's", with the simple, clean and smooth pommel "peen"--not the square nut capstan.  MANY of these 50+ year old blades in the VA arsenals and militia's were quickly cleaned, sharpened, some even shortened, others altered for belt-wear (as they originally were designed for being worn over the shoulder), and MOST HASTILY sent-out to the MASSES of Virginians who rallied by the new fledgling Confederacy in 1861...but WITHOUT ARMS whatsoever.  But a "good blade"--despite it's age--is a GOOD BLADE, and these were eagerly accepted and used for the duration of the war.  Offered here is a specimen coming directly our of Richmond from a local Richmond family in the early 1960's, being offered for sale under consignment.  It has the FULL BLADE, with NO DAMAGE....NO REPAIRS....NO active oxidation, with the intact wire and wrap, and a most BEAUTIFUL displaying example you could ever hope to see!  The metal has a mix of dark and bright mottled patina--appears to be from "refurbishment" by the state of Virginia for the war in 1861--as does the distinct guard.  The brass-twine wire and warp ARE INTACT, though the wrap/handle do show some wear--again, possibly another "refurbishment" done by the state of Virginia in 1861--but this blade is around 200 years old....and as you can see by the pictures below, is a most GORGEOUS displaying and historic example of our history, spanning from our most EARLY DAYS as a NATION....all the way to the WAR for the SOUTH to establish another NATION....with COLD STEEL such as this! 

I don't think you'll find another BETTER and for a BETTER PRICE anytime soon!!!!

$1578  Sale Pending/Layaway

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Stunning, RARE McElroy of Macon CS Officer's Sword

End-Of-The-Road FINE and RARE Southern Steel

Gorgeous, Rare Latter-War Variant CS Field & Staff Officer's Sword, Produced by the Famed William J. McElroy of Macon, Georgia (aka "Tifton, GA" Sword)

100% ORIGINAL, 100% COMPLETE, 100% TIGHT Original Wire & Wrap, 100% GORGEOUS

37.5" Total Length, 32.5" UN-TOUCHED Blade/No Nicks

The "common" collector is most familiar with hearing about William J. McElroy, and the prolific numbers of his most distinct, and most surviving examples of CS-designed and made Short Artillery Swords, patterned after the old Roman "Gladiator" sword (copied in 1831 by the French, then by the US in 1832!).  But what only the RARE FEW and TRUE "hardcore" Confederate SWORD COLLECTORS of the HIGHEST RARITY and QUALITY know about, are those CS Field & Staff OFFICER Swords produced by McElroy.  His quality of production, as well as variations, have made them one of the most sought-after CS-made blades of the war.  The ones that get most people's "attention" are his early-war etched-blade specimens, ranging from "CS" and "CSA" etching and different CS flags etched on the blades, and variations of the basket floral motif design, to cavalry model officer swords.  As the war drew-on, and natural resources, skilled-labor, and the demands placed upon the men and machines of war were taking their toll on the South, so, too, did all the "fancy" EXTRA work and refinement of the early heady days of the war found on McElroy's blades soon disappear, being far more "economical" and FAST in production.  CS Ordnance Officer (DeBow) of March 20, 1862 stated that McElroy was "turning-out 20 infantry swords, 20 naval cutlasses, 20 sergeant's swords, and 20 Bowie Knives per week...".  Much like even THE Richmond Armory, by late 1863/early 1864, the natural resources and labor resources, and high stress/demand for weaponry at "all costs" to keep pumping into the field, production was waning with the "fancy" extras, and got-down to the business of making a FINE BLADE that would serve it's use in the struggle of war.  This is a PERFECT, MOST GORGEOUS example of an 1863/1864-made specimen, where the QUALITY of craftsmanship of William McElory is all there, but gone are the time-consuming, labor-wasting etching, AND MOST OF ALL, you see how in the casting process, the pommel (being casted separate--each part of the sword was forged separately in separate locations) the pommel cap has the TELL-TALE "textbook" example of LOW ZINC content, as by late 1863/early 1864, the South was running very low on the Zinc to put with their copper to make good "brass" (brass is made of the proper quantities of Zinc and Copper).  The sword is 100% McElroy in every facet, having the common lengths found (37.5" overall, 32.5" blade), the blade being of a higher-quality finish and steel, with the fuller having the distinct "clipped edging by the ricasso (crude and distinct).  Same with the handle's design, contour, shape, form, number of wire-wrapping grooves, the INTACT and ORIGINAL 2-ply brass original wire, black leather grip INTACT and ORIGINAL, and size, having a small "swell", very slight bed, and slight shallowing into the pommel-cap.  The Pommel-cap having known flora-motif design of McElroy (but more crudely-casted--again, latter war production casting becoming poorer) AND distinct ringed, rather flat pommel-cap and UN-TOUCHED peen.  The Floral-Motif of the basket/guard shows, again, the more poorer quality of hasty casting, more "speed" over "quality" and skilled labor being squeezed away to face Sherman's onslaught beginning in early 1864.  The blade has NO DINGS WHATSOEVER....barely a "flea-bite" that I can spy!  Again, the wire and wrap...ALL ORIGINAL and INTACT, UN-TOUCHED blade and peen....all I did was a "labor of love" to properly conserve, preserve, and beautify the leather gorgeous wrap with wax...and wipe-down everything else with oil.  Some often refer to these as "Tifton" swords/blades, as new evidence shows that a small firm in Tifton, Georgia, did some sub-contract work for McElroy--again, towards the end, they ALL had to work together to get these weapons of war MADE and IN THE FIELD...literally to defend the State of Georgia from it's sad fate under Sherman.

You won't have a chance at a McElroy of Macon Confederate Field & Staff Officer's Sword ANYTIME SOON, ANYWHERE NEAR this PRICE!

$2798  SOLD

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Unworldly Rare CS Double D-Guard Bowie Knife

Spectacular and Only One of a Handful To Exist

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

Blade Length 11.25", Total Length 16.25"

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

A Mere HANDFUL Known In Existence

GOOD LUCK having a CHANCE at BUYING ONE

The BEST Specimen I've Ever Seen/Had!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ultra-Rare College Hill Arsenal CS Officer's Variant

Phenomenal Untouched ORIGINAL Condition

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

END-OF-THE-ROAD Super-Fine...BEST I'VE HAD!

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

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

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

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

Once again...THIS IS SO FINE...I can let the PICTURES "DO THE TALKING AND SELLING" FOR ME!

$3298  SOLD!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You get THE ONE AND ONLY PUBLISHED...KNOWN-TO-EXIST specimen, WITH LETTER from the Author AND his BOOK with IT PUBLISHED WITHIN...

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

$1998  Sold!

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And in YOUR COLLECTION!

 

SOLD!

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

$3698  SOLD

 

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"Holy Grail" of CS Field & Staff Officer Swords

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

Complete with THE ORIGINAL SCABBARD!

100% ORIGINAL, UNTOUCHED, NO REPAIRS

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"!

SOLD

           

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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!

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

100% ORIGINAL & COMPLETE

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....

$19,500

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

Stunningly Beautiful, 100% ORIGINAL, Spectacular UNTOUCHED Specimen

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

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

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

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

$9,595  SOLD

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The ONE and ONLY!  Published & Only Specimen!

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

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

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

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

AND Only $2098!  SOLD!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

$3898  SOLD

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The Original "MEMPHIS BELLE"!!!!

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

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

Excellent CRISP Original 3-Line Marking upon Guard!

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

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

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

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

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

 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)

CRISP "NASHVILLE PLOW WORKS" and "CSA" Guard Casting

 

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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Gorgeous Original RARE Confederate Beauty!

"Type I" Froelich Cavalry Sword & Scabbard

Late 1861 Wilmington, NC Production Specimen

100% Intact Leather Wrap & Brass Wire

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

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

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

$2998 SOLD

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

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

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

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

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

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

An excellent addition to any hardcore Confederate or sword collector.

SOLD

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