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    Confederate Foot Officer's Sword and Scabbard by James Conning, Mobile, Alabama. This is the exact sword illustrated in FIG 6-C on P. 50 in Albaugh's definitive Photographic Supplement of Confederate Swords, with a verbal history of having been captured at Perryville, KY. The heavy 30" blade, with unstopped fuller is serial numbered at the base "340" (erroneously listed as 320 in Albaugh). Brass hilt with nice untouched patina marked "NCSA 110", significance unknown but probably an old collection number. The top of the pommel cap is decorated with an engraved eight pointed star surrounding the blade tang. The guard exhibits the typical quaint crudeness generally associated with this maker. The original leather scabbard bears a small three-digit serial number on the face in the center, the original brass lower mount, which is untouched/uncleaned, and bears the same serial number, stamped with identical dies, "340", as the blade. The throat, while unquestionably Confederate, with a pleasing patina and distinctive copper color, is possibly an old replacement. The lower mount has a number of dents and is friction fitted, the leather scabbard is intact and very sound. The blade has a number of small nicks, with a smooth dark gray patina, just one small patch of light pitting within 5" of the tip. The hilt is excellent with the grip retaining vestiges of leather and the twisted brass wire wrap tight and intact. A rare sword with wonderful provenance from a most desirable maker.

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    June, 2008
    29th-30th Sunday-Monday
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