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    Confederate Foot Officers Sword with a Leather Scabbard by Burger & Brothers of Richmond, VA. P. Burger operated a saw manufactory in Richmond prior to the Civil War along with two of his brothers and Edwin Boyle. Boyle withdrew from the firm in 1861 and became a part of Boyle & Gamble. Burger and his brothers continued with operations producing among other items swords, which may have been assembled from Boyle & Gamble parts. Very few of their swords exist. The known examples of their foot officers' swords that have surfaced have been etched with the name "Burger" at the ricasso.

    This 30½" blade is etched on the right side with the firm name, a stand of two Confederate flags. Additionally, "C.S.A.1862" is etched about midway up the blade; the overall length of the sword is 35¼". The left side of the blade is etched with crossed cannon and a presentation ribbon, which is blank; at the ricasso there is a shield, which may have at one time been etched "Richmond." The sword has its original leather washer. The guard and grip appear to be very similar to the products of Boyle & Gamble. The grip retains its original leather and single copper wire wrap. A sword with beautiful patina from a rarely seen Confederate sword maker.

    Provenance: The Tharpe Collection of American Military History

    Exhibited: The Liberty Heritage Society Museum

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    24th-25th Sunday-Monday
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