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    Very Fine, Untouched, Etched Blade, Leech & Rigdon, Memphis Novelty Works, Confederate Cavalry Officer's Saber. About identical to FIG 22-A in Albaugh's Photo Supplement, with this doubtless being the finest example we've ever cataloged. 33" rather heavy, nearly straight, blade etched for 2/3 its length. The obverse with intricate and nicely executed floral and scroll motifs with arms/flag panoply all on a stippled background and terminating in pointed projections. The reverse with arms and flag panoply at the base and large (1" X 2") elaborate old English CS in,the center flanked by elaborate large scroll panels also on a stippled background. All etching is highlighted with delicate hand engraving. The blade fuller runs open to the hilt and within 7" of the tip. Blade completely untouched, with no pitting, one tiny, really negligible edge nick and two tiny areas of very minor surface rust. Else generally smooth and clean mixing with gray to a few spots or dark patina. The most exceptional blade we've ever observed on one of these sabers. Hilt of classic form with deeply cast scroll decoration on top and bottom of guard with large CS in oval on the top of the quillon. The faces of the two outboard guards are decorated with cast leaves and the inside faces of those branches exhibit some cast scroll decoration that carries over from the guard. The remainder of the guard and the pommel cap are plain, with the exception of a small iron cap placed over the blade tang on the top of the pommel,which is decoratively engraved. The original leather covered grip is near perfect with the original twisted brass wire wrap tight, with just a few surface flakes to the finish of the leather. Iron scabbard of classic form with three heavy brass mounts with simple line decoration and brass throat. Very thin brass carrying rings, with one bent but intact. Scabbard and mounts with absolutely no dents, rust or pitting and a smooth gray patina with just a few scattered minor stains. A truly choice example, certainly one of the finest examples extant of this very rare Confederate cavalry officer's saber. Certainly one of the finest sabers ever produced by this firm. Ex-Steve Hess Collection.

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    December, 2012
    8th Saturday
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