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    Exceptional Untouched Condition, Previously Unknown, Kraft, Goldschmidt & Kraft Confederate Cavalry Officer's Saber, Columbia, S. C. 44" overall with massive 38" straight blade with traces of engraved decoration. Obviously, one of the early, possibly Napoleonic, blades acquired by this company for use in the production of a number of their swords, the blade being identical to that pictured in FIG 21-D in Albaugh's Sword Supplement. Blade generally smooth and gray with just some light scattered surface rust. Absolutely no pitting or nicks with three narrow fullers on each side, extending to about 12" from the hilt. The blade retains the original leather washer at the base. All brass hilt with three outward branches exhibiting short decorative curl where they join the guard, which has a slightly turned down rounded quillon. There is also a small decorative scallop where the guard enters the pommel. Guard perfect with nice untouched patina. The pommel cap exhibits deeply cast decoration of rather good quality, with laurel leaves and berries on one side and oak leaves and acorns on the other. As with the rest of the sword a wonderful untouched patina. The wood grip, which is cut with a spiral channel, retains about 80% of the original thin leather wrap and all of the very narrow gauge single strand wire. There is a 3/8" round faced brass ferrule at the base of the grip and between the ferrule and the guard a heavy leather thumb loop. The first time we have noted this on one of these swords. Fine supple condition with no crackling or flaking and very sound.

    The classic iron scabbard utilizes a heavy brass throat that is affixed on one side with two small brass screws, and on the other with a single larger brass screw. 1/2" wide brass ring mounts with incised line decoration on the edges, along with brass rings. 2 5/8" brass drag with identical scalloped decoration on both sides. The seam is visible but nicely finished for the entire length of the scabbard, which has a smooth dark patina with just a few very small areas of very light pitting and old surface rust, minor. Remarkably, there are absolutely no dents or nicks anywhere on the scabbard or the mounts.

    A superb untouched example of this very rare and most desirable Confederate sword.




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    Auction Dates
    June, 2012
    9th Saturday
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