Lot 461: Confederate Light Artillery saber with an unmarked 31 3/8? blade featuring a fuller stopped at the ricasso. The blade washer is absent and the 3/8? gap between the hilt and the blade is large enough to call into question whether the blade is original to the hilt, although the blade does appear to be of Southern manufacture. Blade is in good condition with a dark patina. The cast brass 'D' guard and Phrygian helmet-shaped pommel appear to be original to the hilt, which has a spiral-carved wood grip with only remnants of a dark brown leather covering. The grip is missing wood along the lower edge of the tang and retains almost all of a twisted wire binding. The scabbard is of all brass construction, including the rings, and has a couple of dents and several blade imprint marks along its lower edge which have not cut through the metal. The scabbard appears to be original to the hilt and has a light brown patina; it fits the blade well but is about an inch longer than necessary. The top of the scabbard has several illegible lightly scratched initials, perhaps those of a former owner. Although unmarked, this sword is similar to some made by Thomas, Griswold & Co. of New Orleans.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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