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ACRYLIC SWORD & SCABBARD STAND: This pair of acrylic sword & scabbard stands was designed to hold one sword and its scabbard. Each is 5 inches tall and designed with square edge groves to prevent the sword or scabbard from flipping over as often happens with similar stands with a rounded cut. They will accommodate swords of all sized from small bowie knives to cavalry sabers.  This design presents a very clean and crisp display that is attractive. $29.00

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CSBG01. CONFEDERATE FOOT OFFICERS SWORD – BOYLE & GAMBLE: This is an outstanding example of a Confederate Foot Officers sword made by Boyle & Gamble, Richmond Virginia.  There are many examples of Boyle & Gamble swords on the collector’s market, but most are unmarked, unetched and missing the scabbard. This is an exception example!  It is maker marked Boyle & Gamble Richmond, has a strong etched CSA in a shield as well as an etched Confederate Second National Flag. The Second National Flag was in use from May 1863 to March 1865 and incorporated the design of the battle flag as a major feature. This flag was nicknamed the "Stainless Banner" because of its large white field, and it helps date the production of this sword. The hilt has outstanding casting flaws and a deep rich patina, with 98% original leather and 100% original wire. The scabbard is soft and bendable, but complete with no breaks, just the expected crazing. It also has all the original mounts and the retention pins.  This is a quality Confederate B&G Foot Officers sword! How often do you see one complete with the maker mark, etched with CSA and the Second National Flag, and the complete scabbard?  $13,000

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C259. CONFEDERATE NAVY – LOUISIANA – SIDE KNIFE: This Confederate side knife came out of Louisiana. Its total length is 18 inches with a 11 1/2-inch spear-point blade. The blade was period sharpened and has an even patina, and the original blade washer holds it tight. The cross guard is made of pewter and has a hairline crack, which was repaired. The 6-inch wood grip is made from a naval ship belaying pin, and is well made and with a 1/4-inch high striking pommel. The well-made sheath is amazing with a New Orleans French influence to its design. It is made of wood covered with leather and reinforced with tin, and has a Confederate flat button for a frog attachment. $3500.00

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C300. CONFEDERATE ARTILLERY SABER: This is an exceptional example of a Confederate Artillery saber and of other specimens I have seen, this is the best! Those who have examined it wonder if it may be an officer’s version produced by Haiman of Georgia. Haiman enlisted sabers are well known, but there is little information on their Officer sabers at this time to know for sure. This saber has an oil cloth grip made to look like ray-skin; no remaining wire; a brass pommel cap and guard; an unstopped fuller blade, and a high-quality scabbard with brass mounts and rings. There are great casting flaws and filling marks on the guard, pommel cap and blade.  When you compare this saber to known enlisted artillery sabers, you see a difference in the overall quality. $4500.00

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C302. CONFEDERATE SWORD - J. C. WILSON, HOUSTON TEXAS: A Sword attributed to Texas is scarce, and there are only a few known examples identified to “J.C. Wilson” Houston, Texas. This sword has been described as either a Confederate Mounted Foot or a Mounted Field Officer’s sword. It is not marked, but has some of similar characteristics found on marked examples to include: the etching pattern; the “pin knife” type ricasso being flat and stopped only at the cutting edge and fuller side being unstopped; the bottom guard being rounded and connected at the front of the pommel cap; and the hilt design with its leather grip and single strand wire. The 30 4/3-inch blade has a 19-inch etched panel in the center of the fuller. It is faint but you can see a cross geometric pattern with a floral motif. The blade has a gray patina with some spotting and period sharping with no rust or pitting, and is held tight by the original leather blade washer. The brass hilt and pommel have rich untouched patina with scattered dents, scrapes and scratches and casting flaws. The wood grip is covered with 100% original leather and wire and is complete. The scabbard is original to the sword with a brass throat, drag, and mounts that have steel rings. $14,000

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C323. CONFEDERATE - MASSIVE D-GUARD BOWIE FIGHTING KNIFE:  This is an outstanding original ConfederateD-Guard Bowie knife and with the size of the guard in may be a Naval Bowie. This knifes was acquired from a 35+ year old collection and is being offered for the first time. It measures 19 1/2 inches with a 15-inch blade. The original Confederate owned has his name on the side of the wood grip, which looks like Wall. The cupped iron guard and steel scabbard have matching patina. Notice the scabbard had a steel band with one ring, it is very well balance. The blade is excellent and has great casting flaws and finishing marks. The condition is amazing and near mint in condition. $6500.00

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C325. COFFIN-HANDLE CLIP-POINT BOWIE FIGHTING KNIFE: This knife came out of a large collection of Confederate bowies and has traits of being Southern made. The handle is walnut and pinned and held in place with a brass spinner nut. There is a brass ferrule by the thin brass guard. This brass guard is not centered on the blade, but flush with the ferrule on the side nearest to the body. The knife is 17 inches long with a 11 1/2-inch x 1 1/2-inch-wide clip-point blade. It is period sharpened; shows filling marks; is tight; and has a great casting flaw an inch above the guard. The original back-stitch sheath is original, but has a 3 ½ inch opening on the bottom where the blade cut it and is missing the tip. $5500.00

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C354. CONFEDERATE – ALABAMA SIDE KNIFE: This Confederate side knife is most likely from Alabama. It has a great Southern look; a large 6-inch grip; massive 5 1/2-inch cross guard, and a 11 1/4 X 2-inch blade. This grip is carved with eight sides and held tight with no movement with the blade. The guard has some expected movements, and all steel is rust-free and displays great casting flaws. An amazing Confederate side knife! $3800.00

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C358. CONFEDERATE SHORT ARTILLERY SWORD: Prior to the outbreak of hostilities between the North and South, the state of Virginia acquired military arms from Northern suppliers.  Virginia had a contract with Ames to modify existing Virginia sabers. In addition, they purchased loose blades and scabbards for other swords. This Confederate Short Artillery sword is made with a Confederate cast copy of the Ames hilt married to an unmarked Ames blade and an Ames scabbard.  When you examine the hilt, you can see it is crudely sand casted with flaws with the eagle and shield void of details. There are no rivets, but has the three dimples common to a Confederate copy.  The blade is high-quality and unmarked, and is obvious made by Ames. The scabbard is 100% Ames with inspection marks, and is in near-mint condition.  The quality and condition of this Confederate sword is amazing! The sword alone is valued at $1500.00 and the scabbard at $600.00; a $2100.00 value. $1800.00

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C378. CONFEDERATE OFFICER’S SWORD: This is an unidentified Confederate made officer’s sword, which is featured on page 248 of the book Collecting the Confederacy by Shannon Pritchard. The pommel cap has a heavy design; the grip is leather with no wire; the guard is sand cast with great flaws and file marks and is tight. The 30 1/4-inch straight blade appears to be unetched, but while taking photos I saw the ghost image of C S A etched on it. The top stitch scabbard is 100% complete with no breaks and retains all original brass mounts and screws. It fits perfect to the blade. $3800.00

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C381. BOYLE & GAMBLE & MACFEE CAVALRY OFFICER’S SABER: This Boyle & Gamble & Macfee cavalry officer’s sabers came out of a private collection. The saber is in amazing condition with 100% original grip and wire; the blade washer; a flat sided blade unique to Boyle & Gamble; and a leather scabbard complete with all mounts. The leather scabbard is complete with expected crazing and wear, but no breaks. $7800.00

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C386. CONFEDERATE CLIP-POINT BOWIE: This very large Confederate Clip-point Bowie is complete with its original brown leather sheath. The knife is 17 1/2 inches long with a 6-inch walnut slabbed grip; 5-inch S-Guard; 11 1/4 X 2 3/8-inch-wide blade with a 5 ½ inch clip-point. The blade has great original filling marks and was period sharpened. The grip is tight with two original steel pins. The original sheath fits perfect to the blade, has 100% original stitching and three brass rivets. The patina is simply great. $3600.00

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C393. CONFEDERATE - BLACKSMITH MADE - SIDE KNIFE: This is a Confederate Blacksmith made side knife. It is 14 3/4 inches long with a 10 7/8” x 15/8” blade made from a file. The blade was period sharpened; has an even brown patina; has blacksmith file marks; and some original file teeth marks. The eight-sided walnut grip is 4 1/2 inches long with several small steel pins. The wood is split on both sides, but the grip is tight with no movement. On the top of the grip is carved the name “S Johnson” however, this is a common name and a positive identification cannot be made. This is a great example of a Confederate Blacksmith made side knife! $1200.00

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C395. CONFEDERATE D-GUARD SHORT CUTLASS SWORD: This is a Confederate D-guard short cutlass sword with a walnut wood grip, which is Southern made and authentic to the Civil War. The grip and guard are tight; iron has leached into the wood making it dark; and the cutlass shape guard has a dark brown patina. Overall, it measures 23 inches with an 18 1/2-inch x 1 3/4 wide blade, which has a darkpitted patina. Most likely an early battlefield pick up. This has an apprised value of $2500, but is available for less and shipping is included. $1550.00

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C408. JAMES CONNING CONFEDERATE CAVALRY SABER: This is a marked James Conning Confederate Cavalry Saber complete with the original scabbard, and is fresh to the market. The handle is tight with three stands of twisted copper wire, but only 25% of the original leather, with the remaining wood grip exposed. The brass guard and pommel cap have a deep reddish-brown untouched patina and are number 371, which is also stamped on the blade below the James Conning Mobile maker mark. The bottom-seam scabbard is complete with the original throat piece; ring mounts and steel rings, and the drag, all which shows crude soldering. James Conning Cavalry Saber are scarce, and this is only the second I have had for sale. $7500.00

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C409. MASSIVE CONFEDERATE FIGHTING BOWIE KNIFE: In 2018, a knife of this style was discovered in Connecticut and was no doubt a war trophy brought home by a Union soldier.  Recently, this knife surfaced in Georgia and its composition is such that it most likely is an arsenal-made knife; one produced to fill the call from the governor of Georgia to arm every soldier. It is 22 1/2 inches long with a 15 3/4 x 2-inch-wide blade. The walnut slab grips are attached with three steel pins; has a thin steel cross-guard, and a thin silver colored metal octagon cap. The octagon shape grip appears to have the form of a plow handle, as depicted in the last photo. This is an extremely unique Confederate bowie fighting knife worthy of being the center piece for any Confederate collection! $2500.00

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C410. CONFEDERATE - CS & STAR SHORT ARTILLERY SWORD: This Confederate Short artillery sword is commonly referred to as the CS & Star. It takes its name from the crudely cast CS in the cross guard and the star in the pommel. This pattern was originally sheathed in two different scabbards, one wooden with tin mounts, and the other made of leather with brass mounts; however, many scabbards did not survive the war. This example has great sand-casting flaws and a manufacture hole, which has remnants of the lead filler. The pommel cap has a dent which looks like a bullet strike. The blade has a grey patina; is rust free; has some edge nicks, and a wavy center fuller. There is a little blade movement. Overall, a great example of a Southern made short artillery sword. $3200.00

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C411. BOYLE, GAMBLE & MCFEE ARTILLERY SHORT SWORD: This artillery short sword was made by Boyle, Gamble & McFee of Richmond, Virginia; and matches the known existing marked specimen. The sword is in excellent condition and has the original copper-brass mounted scabbard; which has some surface leather loss but is solid and fits perfect to the blade. Condition is the key and it will be hard to find a better sword. $3800.00

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C413. CONFEDERATE ALTERED - M1852 NAVAL OFFICER’S SWORD: As war approached, many Southern officers serving for the US resigned their commissions and returned to serve their home states and the Confederacy. When this initially happened, Confederate swords were not yet produced, and officers sometimes altered a sword by removing any reference to the United States. The US would be removed from the guard and may or may not be replaced with a CS. The same applied to Naval officer swords. There are a few known examples where the USN was removed and replaced with CSN, and others left blank. This is one of those rare Confederate altered M1852 Naval sword. This is a pre–Civil War Ames sword retailed by Schuyler Hartley & Graham, Ney York. We know this because of the early etching pattern and the Schuyler Hartley & Graham retailer mark. This sword came out of a Pennsylvanian museum collect, which contained many Confederate war trophies. The sword in in near-mint condition with a tight hilt retaining 100% original whit grip and wire, and nearly 100% original gilt. The USN has been expertly removed from the face of the guard and the panel was decorated with a unique pattern of dots. The blade is bright and frosty with deep etching, but the original USN was buffed off the blade and the original Ames maker mark was removed and a crude etching design was left in its place. The scabbard is in great condition with normal crazing, but no breaks. It retains all original mounts thought the drag is loose since the screw is missing.  Overall, an outstanding example of a Confederate altered M1852 Naval Officers sword, and considering the small size of the American Navy prior to the Civil War, this is a rare sword! $2900.00

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C415. CONFEDERATE CIVIL WAR MCELROY ARTILLERY SHORT SWORD: This well-known pattern of a Confederate short sword has been positively identified to the Macon, Georgia firm of W.J. McElroy. These swords have the same grip as the E.J. Johnston sword, but have an entirely different blade. This example is 24 1/8 inches long with an 18 3/8 inch by 1 3/4-inch-wide blade with a narrowing near the grip. The blade is tight because of the original leather blade washer, which is rare!  The hilt has pleasing dark mustard patina, and the blade is in great condition with expected casting flaws and a grayish patina. $2500.00

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C416. CONFEDERATE - LEECH & RIGDON SHORT ARTILLERY SWORD: This style Confederate short artillery sword is a product of Leech & Rigdon and is often referred to as a Memphis made short sword. When you compare this blade to other well-known Leech and Rigdon side knives, you see a similar blade design; and if there was a leather scabbard, it is also a Leech & Rigdon pattern. Leech & Rigdon had to move their operations several time during the war and ended up in Salma Alabama. This sword was discovered in a barn near Auburn Alabama and is in totally untouched condition. The hilt is tight and displays great casting flaws. The blade has a deep dark brown patina and is unusual because of its narrow width: 1 3/8” at the base and was 18” long before the tip was broken off. This is a great sword! $1500.00

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C420. CONFEDERATE MODIFIED 2ND MODEL VIRGINIA MANUFACTORY SABER: The Virginia Manufactory of Arms was established in 1797 to supply Virginia militia with arms for the defense of the Commonwealth. It had produced a total of 8,269 Cavalry Sabers and some 2,040 Artillery Sabers while it was in operations between 1804 and 1821, and although the facility was shut down circa 1821 it was resurrected during the Civil War period as the Richmond Manufactory. In 1806 the production of the 2nd Model Virginia Manufactory Cavalry Sabers began. The primary change was the shape of the pommel, which now took on a rounded, “bird’s head” profile and replaced the squared capstan nut with simple peening to secure the tang of the blade to the pommel cap. For the Civil War, the original blade length was reduced from 40 to 36 inches and the scabbard was modified to accommodate the new length. Often, this saber is found without the scabbard, but this one is complete. The saber has an even brown patina over the hilt and blade. The grip retains 100% original wire, but very little original leather, but is tight. The patina on the scabbard is untouched looks complements the saber, and it was fitted for brass rings and mounts. This is an outstanding example of a 2nd Model Virginia Manufactory saber that was modified for the Civil War. $5500.00

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C422. VIRGINIA CONTRACT OR CAPTURE – REISSUED M1840 NCO SWORD: Prior to the outbreak of hostilities with the north, the state of Virginia purchased 1200 sabers from the Ames company, and it is also believed they purchased other blades and parts to fabricate more swords. Also, the recovery of weapons, to include swords, off the battlefield is well documents. The Virginia Ames contract sabers where dated 1860 and uninspected. However, there are a few known examples of US inspected 1860 sabers that ended up in the Virginia armory, and those sabers had a secondary Virginia Confederate stamp inspection 6-point Star. To date, I know of one 1860 dated & inspected Ames Musician sword with the Virginia Confederate 6-Point Star and seen one 1860 dated & inspected M1840 NCO sword with the same Virginia Confederate 6-Point Star. This M1840 NCO sword is the second example I have seen with the 1860 date & inspection and the Virginia Confederate inspection 6-point star. It is very unique because the rear-guard was armory repaired by reducing its size and reshaping it to have a low profile. Also, the Ames marker mark was removed from the blade. As you look at the underside you see the original J.T. inspector mark, the number 2, and the Virginia Confederate 6-point inspection star. The hilt is tight and the blade is bright, and it is housed in an Emerson & Silver metal scabbard to which it fits well; however, the blade pierces through the bottom and protrudes a quarter-inch. I patina at this opening is even and is a good indication the sword and scabbard have been together a very long time. This is an extremely rare Confederate sword! $2200.00

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C423. CONFEDERATE COPY – M1832 SHORT ARTILLERY SWORD – AMES NAVAL BLADE: Initially, this looks like a French M1832 short artillery sword, but it is in fact a Confederate copy using an Ames M1841 Naval Cutlass blade. The hilt is very crude with casting flaws and files marks not normally seen of a French sword.  The concentric rings on the grip are not cast, but by filing into the brass, and the bulls-eye design on the cross-guard are cruder in design. The blade is marked “N. P. AMESA CABOTVILLE MASS” and “U.S.N 1842” and is 19 inches long with a dark patina. Looking at the tang you can see it was period pinned. The scabbard mounts are crude with file marks and hammer marks, and attached using pins and staples. This is a very unique! $2500.00

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C424. CONFEDERATE – VIRGINIA AMES CONTRACT M1860 SABER:  With the approach of hostilities between the states, Virginia tried to acquire as many arms as possible, and Secretary of War John B. Floyd, a Virginian, was able to send 1,200 Ames model 1860 sabers, with the ricasso dated 1860, to the state arsenal for eventual use by Virginia cavalry regiments. Fortunately, we can identify those specific swords. From the March 22, 1860 letter to the New York Arsenal, we know that the swords were manufactured between March and September of the same year, and that all the blades were stamped 1860. Furthermore, the Virginia cavalry swords were devoid of U.S. inspector marks and can be positively identified. The Model 1860 cavalry saber shown here is an example of an Ames Virginia contract saber. One side of the ricasso is stamped simply "1860” and the other side is stamped with an Ames scroll maker mark and void of inspection stamps. The saber shows use with some wear to the grip; retains 100% original wire and has a tight hilt; is period sharpen and has several nicks.  No doubt this saber saw action! The original scabbard has a nice patina and shows some wear and is complete. Minty examples retail between $3500 & $4500, but this one is available at a much lower cost. $2750.00

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C425. C-S SHORT ARTILLERY SWORD: This Confederate Short Sword is modeled after the Roman Gladiator sword of ancient times and more recently the Model 1832 artillery short sword of the Napoleonic War era. The sword is in great condition! The hilt is tight; there is some surface pitting under which you can see file marks, and the sand-cast brass guard has great casting flaws. The hilt, has C and S on the ends of the quillons making it perhaps the most attractive of the Confederate Foot Artillery Swords. $3800.00

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C426. TEXAS,  CONFEDERATE - J. C. WILSON FOOT OFFICER SWORD: This sword was made by J. C. Wilson, Houston Texas and is extremely rare! There are only a few known examples of Wilson foot officer’s swords, and often these swords are mis-identified as College Hill. You must look for certain peculiarities to make the proper identification. First look for the rounded bottom hand guard and no opening for a sword knot, this is common on Wilson swords. Next look at the etching pattern for a checkerboard design at the base of the blade, again a standard pattern used on Wilson swords. These traits exist on this sword, but there is one more symbol that may appear in the etching, and that is a Texas star. This sword has the small star within a larger star; it is faint, but with proper lighting and magnification it is visible. The hilt on this sword has great sand-casting flaws and the crude pommel cap is very unusual and not know to any other maker. The grip is 100% original leather and twisted wire, and the blade is held tight with the original red blade washer.  As mentioned, the blade has the Wilson checker board etching pattern and a Texas 5-point star within a star. The scabbard is original to the sword, but is believed to have been made in New Orleans because the mounts match others found on Louisiana swords, and since New Orleans is less then 350 miles from Houston, it would not be unusual for parts to be exchanged. College Hill did not use New Orleans made scabbards.  I have a New Orleans sword on my site, U417, and the mounts on that sword are the same style as on this sword with assemble hash-marks as well. It is not often that you fine a Wilson Foot Officer’s sword complete with an original scabbard! $8900.00

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C427. CONFEDERATE D-GUARD BOWIE: This Confederate D-Guard Bowie knife walked into the show at Fredricksburg, Virginia and is fresh to the market. It is a very well-made knife using a sword hilt for the handle attached to a hefty double edge blade. It is 21 1/2 inches long with a 15 3/4 inch x 2 3/8 inch double sided spear-point blade, and both edges are period sharpened. The hilt is tight with a deep brown patina and some minor wood and leather loss, and the blade has an even gray patina and several nicks to the edges. The use of a sword handle is believed to be early war and was a quick and easy option for the maker. $1950.00

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C428. CONFEDERATE - CS & STAR SHORT ARTILLERY SWORD – PETERSBURG BATTLEFIELD RECOVERED: This Confederate Short artillery sword is commonly referred to as the CS & Star. It takes its name from the crudely cast CS in the cross guard and the star in the pommel. This pattern was originally sheathed in two different scabbards, one wooden with tin mounts, and the other made of leather with brass mounts; however, many scabbards did not survive the war. This is a totally untouched example with a period tag affixed to the blade which reads “Confederate sword from the battlefield of Petersburg.” The paper tag has yellowed with age, and the script is correct for the period. the It has great sand-casting flaws with a blade that has an untouched dark patina and a wavy center fuller. There is a little blade movement. This is an amazing find and a great example of a Southern made short artillery sword recovered for the Petersburg battlefield. $4500.00

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C429. CONFEDERATE - BOYLE, GAMBLE & MCFEE ARTILLERY SHORT SWORDThis artillery short sword was made by Boyle, Gamble & McFee of Richmond, Virginia; and matches the known existing marked specimen. The blade is in outstanding condition displaying casting flaws with some areas of salt & pepper oxidation. The hilt it tight with a deep brown patina, and what appears to be a sword strike which continues into the top of the blade. $2500.00

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C430. CONFEDERATE – THOMAS GRISWOLD NAVAL CUTLASS: This is a Confederate Naval Cutlass made by Thomas Griswold, New Orleans. The brass hilt is solid and tight with casting flaws and the turned down edge associated with a Griswold cutlass. The blade is one of the finest examples I have seen with its gray patina; no rust or pitting; and a period sharp edge. At the base of the blade is the oval-shaped “Thomas Griswold & Co. New Orleans” above what looks like the number 8. Simply one of the finest examples available. $5000.00

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