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This sword has recently been attributed to J. Luther Cincinnati, Ohio.  He was a supplier of swords to Confederate Officers. To date, no known Union sword have surfaced from him, and if he did sell to the North, most likely he delivered standard inventory. 

Recently, thissword was discovered and to date is only the second known example of a this style Confederate sword by an unknown maker.  The design is identical to the one shown in the second set of photos, with the exception of the blade.  The hilt has the same unique well defined pommel cap with fine casting with a flat top with sharp step, and the circle dot quillon design, as well as a high grade black leather grip with triple strand wire.  The brown metal scabbard has a crude lead filled lap seam, and identical mounts to the other known example. The pen-knife single unstopped fuller blade has evidence of cross polishing and is slightly wavy as you look down the length of the blade, and is identical to the one shown in the final set of photos. When you compare this sword with the other two shown you can see all the similar Confederate characteristics, and it may be possible all three were made by the same craftman.

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Several years ago, I acquired the below sword from another well respected dealer of Confederate collectables and at that time it was the only know example. The hilt had a unique guard design with a quillon with a circle and a center dot not seen on any known Union or Confederate swords to date, and a different designed knuckle bow at the pommel cap. The pommel cap is crude with casting flaws and is similar to a known Confederate sword shown at the bottom of this photos page.  The metal scabbard looks similar to a Sauerbier design, but when you compare it to other examples made by Sauerbier you notice the design of these mounts is very different and not as high quality. Also, the drag is a great example of a Confederate field replacement. The blade has an unstopped fuller and on close examination you can see the Confederate C S etched in the blade. All these factors leave no doubt this is a Confederate Sword by an unknown maker.

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These photos of  Confederate swords by J. Luther are included to show the similarities of the pommel cap, blade, and quillon, which matches both above shown swords.  No doubt all these sword were produced by the same maker for Confederate use.

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