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    CAPT. MAGNERTH CHATTAHOOCHEE VOLUNTEERS CONFEDERATE PRESENTATION FOOT OFFICER'S SWORD WITH ORIGINAL LEATHER SCABBARD, BY W. J. McELROY OF MACON, GA. W. J. McElroy presentation staff officer's sword; blade presentation in English script: "Capt. Magnerth Chattahoochee Volunteers"

    William J. McElroy, a most noted manufacturer of Confederate equipment, began sword making as the winds of war began to blow and operated throughout the Civil War. In addition to the production of all types of swords and sabers, he produced a varied range of other products, including bayonets and bowie knives of all types, belts, buckles, spurs, and canteens. McElroy was also the manufacturer of pikes for the State of Georgia. He was a prolific and noted producer of military supplies to the Confederate Government, the State of Georgia and private individuals.

    This beautiful presentation sword was presented to Capt. Magnerth by the Chattahoochee Volunteers, which is etched in the presentation panel on the left side of the blade. The blade has etching on both sides this sword that is clear and distinctive. The right side of the blade is etched beginning above the ricasso is a panel with the firm name and address in script, "W. J. McElroy/ Macon, Geo.;" above that is a wreath over a cannon, above which is a halberd and a Confederate First National flag with a spear pointed staff; on the left the Confederate Battle flag; above that is a plaque is "CS" in block with serifs on the letters; the remainder of this side of the blade to within 11" of the tip is etched with laurel vines with leaves. The left side of the blade is etched to within 11 ½" of the tip; beginning above the ricasso is the presentation panel in old English scrip, "Capt. Magnerth * Chattahoochee Volunteers." The blade is 29 1/4 " from ricasso to tip, the total length of the blade along with hilt is 35 ¼." The sword is tight to the hilt with no washer; the blade has been cleaned and has some rust/pitting.

    Provenance: Headley Collection

    Condition: The guard has a beautiful patina with none of its original gold gilt remaining; the guard has a single extra branch with a small branch connecting. The pommel is cast with laurel vines. The polished wood grip is cracked with a small chip at the pommel and at the bottom; the wire wrap is missing. The leather scabbard retains its original color; there appears to be a repair between the middle mount and the drag. The scabbard is topstitched with no openings. The mounts are typical of those of McElroy and are held in place with rivets. This is an opportunity to add to your collection one of the most beautiful, well preserved and historical Confederate presentation swords known to exist from the noted manufacturer, W. J. McElroy of Macon, Georgia.

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    Auction Dates
    December, 2007
    1st Saturday
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