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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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C259. CONFEDERATE NAVY – LOUISIANA – SIDE KNIFE: This Confederate Naval Side-Knife was discovered in Louisiana and is great Southern knife. The 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 tang. The sheath is well-made and shows the New Orleans French influence in the 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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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 inplace with a Sauerbier sword brass spinner. It has a brass ferrule and a 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 back-stitched sheath is original, but has a 3 ˝ inch opening on the bottom where the blade cut it, and is opened at the tip. $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 reduced in size and reshaped to have a low profile. There is a theory this reduction was done by Ames to fill a Marine Corps contact. Also of note, is 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.  The 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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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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C393a. CIVIL WAR BOWIE KNIFE with ORIGINAL SHEATH: This is an exceptional Civil War bowie knife! When I saw the sheath with the tool-worked design; the brass mounts with brass pins, and lead around the belt loop, I said Confederate. Then I looked at the knife with its polished wood grip; steel cap and brass ferrule and polished spear-point blade, I said maybe Union. The cutler who made this knife was skilled at his profession! It is one of the best Civil War bowie I have seen. It is 17 1/2 inches long with a 10 5/8-inch spear-point blade. The blade is made of high-quality steel, shows filling marks, and has a shape edge on both sides. The oak grip is solid with no breaks or movement, and is capped with a steel disk with a brass ferrule at the steel guard. The sheath is solid with no breaks, but has shrunk about a 1/4 inch. The brass mounts are pinned in place and have a design cut in the edge facing the leather. Confederate or Union, it does not matter, it is one of the finest examples of a Civil War bowie knife. $3900.00

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C412. BOYLE, GAMBLE & MCFEE ARTILLERY SHORT SWORD: This is an artillery short sword made by Boyle, Gamble & McFee of Richmond, Virginia; and matches the known existing marked specimen. The sword is in excellent condition with a bright original blade; tight hilt; the original copper-brass mounted scabbard with both mounts and fits perfect to the blade. $3900.00

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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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C418. SWORD OF MEMPHIAN ROBERT A MOON, CSA: This sword was recently featured as the cover story in the North South Trader's Civil War magazine, Vol. 42 No. 5/2021, in a 6-page article about the Confederate Sergeant Robert M. Moon and his sword.  Thanks go out to Steve and Nancy for their work on the article!

Robert Anderson Moon was a 1st Sergeant with Co. G, 154 Senior Regiment Tennessee Infantry (1st Tenn. Vols) Confederate States of America. He enlisted June 3, 1861 in Memphis. A letter dated July 11 1861 sent to Pres. Jefferson Davis from many "merchants and citizens of Memphis" recommended Moon for the office of Collector of the Memphis Port. They said he was a "gentleman of sterling integrity, and is eminently qualified for the position. From Jan - July 1962 he was detailed with the Com. Department. On a roll dated May 5 1863, Shelbyville, he was "discharged over age." In his discharge papers it described him as Thirty-Eight years, 5' 9 1/2" inches tall, fair complexion with blue eyes and light hair and by profession a merchant. He, was born September 21, 1824, married Elizabeth Heiskell, and died June 13, 1869, of yellow fever.

This is a Confederate made copy of the Model 1840 Militia NCO, also called a Sergeant's sword. The brass knights-head pommel and guard are sand cast and display great casting flaws common to Southern made swords. In addition to the casting flaws, you can see filing marks on the brass.  The grip is original black leather with twisted wire. The blade is 28 1/2 inches long and 1 1/4 wide at the base, and is wavey down its entire length. There is a faint maker mark, which is difficult to read, but I suspect a Memphis maker since Moon was a prominent citizen of that city. Each etching panel is 21 inches long with “CONFEDERATE STATES” on one side and “R. A. Moon” on the other. The Confederate made scabbard is original to the sword with both mounts displaying casting flaws and filing marks. I thought the drag may be English made, but while at a recent show in Franklin TN.  I found out it may be made by B. Douglas & Co., Columbia, South Carolina.

The sword will be on display and available for purchase at the upcoming Chickamauga Civil War & Military Show, Dalton Georgia,  29-30 January 2022.

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C434. CONFEDERATE SIDE KNIFE - ALABAMA: This is Confederate Side Knife complete with the original sheath.  Since there are at less six known examples of this style Confederate knife, it can be considerate arsenal made. I have been told it was made in Alabama. All have a clip-point blade of various lengths with similar casting flaws and filing marks. The wood slab grips can be attached with screws or rivets as this example is and the two other known examples shown below. The sheath is in near-mint condition complete with the belt loop. Notice it is stitched the same as the sheath on the D-Guard & “DEATH TO ABOLITION” examples, with the grip identical to the latter. This is by far the best example in near-mint condition.  $2500.00

 

IDENTICAL STYLE SHEATH AND GRIP TO THESE TWO EXAMPLES

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C435. RARE - CONFEDERATE BOYLE, GAMBLE & MACFEE FOOT OFFICER'S SWORD: This Confederate Boyle Gamble & Macfee Officer Sword is totally untouched; attic fresh; and complete with the original scabbard and original mounts.  The patina is civil war relics perfect! The original grip is near-mint with original heavy brass wire and is tight. The sword is 35 inches long with a straight 29 1/2" blade that has an unstopped fuller and great casting flaws associated with Boyle Gamble sword. The blade is in great condition with pleasing gray patina & completely smooth metal. The bottom of the distinctive guard is maker marked: Boyle Gamble & MacFee Richmond. The original scabbard is complete and fits tight the sword swords. It has all original mounts, to include the drag, and the leather is strong with no breaks or repairs.  Most of the time this sword is found without a scabbard! The last complete example sold in auction for $9988.00 plus the added buyer premium.  $6900.00

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C447. THOMAS LEECH & Co. – MEMPHIS NOVELTY  WORKSThis short artillery sword is a product of Thomas Leech & Co. – Memphis Novelty Works, Memphis, Tennessee. If you have the book “Confederate Bowie Knives by Jack Melton, Josh Phillips & John Sexton, look at pages 118-122 and glance at several examples of Tennessee Side knives attributed to Thomas Leech & Co. – Memphis Novelty Works. The blades are the same pattern as found on this style short artillery sword, and though this has no scabbard, it is the identical pattern found on the knives except with copper-brass mounts. This 23 3/4-inch sword has great sand-casting flaws in the hilt with large holes on both sides of the cross-guard. The blade also shows good casting flaws and has an even gray patina with a fuller that matched the Leech knives.  This is a great maker identified Confederate Short Artillery sword. $2100.00

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C452. ALABAMA IDENTIFIED - JAMES CONNING CONFEDERATE FOOT OFFICERS SWORD: This is a James Conning Mobile Alabama Foot Officer’s sword identified to a Lieutenant F. M. Jones (Francis M. Jones). This hilt is one of the two designs attributed to Conning and has great sand-casting flaws, a smaller flat sided quillion, and the number “213” in the face of the guard under the blade. The pommel cap is the high-mound version common to Conning with a laurel-leaf design, and the grip is original with 100% leather and twisted wire. The original unstopped fuller blade is unetched and tight with no movement. The James Conning scabbard fits tight to the blade with some expected shrinkage, and is opened on the back side half way between the middle mount and drag.  On the top back side of the throat mount it reads “Made by James Conning Mobile” and on the bottom the number 226, and on the front is etching the name F. M. Jones. The middle mount also has the number 226, but there is no number on the bottom drag, which is a period replacement either replace by Jones or a Northern soldier when it was captured. Francis. M. Jones (F. M. Jones & Frank M. Jones) was born March 8, 1837 and died after 1908. He enlisted October 1861at Monroeville Alabama as a private and later promoted to 2nd Lieutenant in company E, 23rd Alabama infantry regiment and muster out as a 3rd lieutenant. He was capture at Champion Hill on 17 May, 1863 and remained a prisoner of war until paroled and exchanged February 20, 1865. Identified Confederate sword are rare and this one is especially unique being made by James Conning and carried by an Alabama officer who survived being a Prisoner-of-War for almost 2 years. $15,000

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C453.ALABAMA IDENTIFIED - JAMES CONNING CONFEDERATE STAFF & FIELD OFFICERS SWORD: This is a James Conning Mobile Alabama Staff & Field Officer sword identified to a Captain (Major) Charles B.Johnson (Johnston) who served in the 21 Alabama Infantry Regiment at a Captain and Major. He was captured at Fort Gaines and later paroled. The hilt has a large CS in the guard, great sand-casting flaws and the number “123” in the face of the guard under the blade. The pommel cap is the high-mound version common to Conning with a laurel-leaf design, and the grip is original with 100% leather and twisted wire. The original unstopped fuller blade is also marked “123” and is unetched and tight with no movement. The James Conning scabbard fits tight to the blade. On the top back side of the throat mount it reads “Made by James Conning Mobile” and on the bottom the number “187”. The middle mount also has the number “187” and just above it the number “187” is stamped into the leather. The drag is a period replacement.  Under the James Conning etching on the reverse and on the front of the scabbard throat period script etching is visible. With magnification, you can read Capt. C. “?” Johnson, Co. B 21, a bird wing design, and the letters C B on the front side with the outline of the name Johnson.  A search of the Civil War data base found one positive match: Captain Charles B Johnson from Mobile Alabama.  Please click on the link to read more. $16,000

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C454. BOYLE & GAMBLE SIDE KNIFE WITH ORIGINAL SHEATH: This is a unmarked Boyle & Gamble Side Knife with original brown leather sheath. The knife is 14 1/2 inches long with a 10 1/4 x 1 1/2-inch clip point blade. The blade has great casting and filling marks, and appears to never to have been sharpened. The wood grip is tight and pinned with a brass washer, and the brass guard has great casting flaws. The brown leather sheath is 100% complete with the belt loop, and all original cotton stitching and in near-mint condition. $3800.00

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C455. BOYLE, GAMBLE & MCFEE ARTILLERY SHORT SWORDThis is an artillery short sword made by Boyle, Gamble & McFee of Richmond, Virginia; and matches the known existing marked specimen. The sword is in great condition with a period sharpen blade; tight hilt; and the original copper-brass mounted scabbard with both mounts. The scabbard is strong; has expected crazing and some leather loose, and has shrunk allowing 1/2 of the blade to be exposed. $3700.00

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