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    Fine Untouched Condition Confederate E. J. Johnston Foot Officer's Sword with Great Family Provenance / ID Although unmarked there is little question this sword is the product of the prolific Confederate sword manufacturer E. J. Johnston of Macon, Ga. 29 1/2" blade with stopped fuller and 7/8" ricasso. Blade generally with smooth dark patina and just a few minor spots of salt and peppering. Classic brass hilt, untouched / uncleaned, and about perfect with especially nice fit and finish. Highly polished wood grip with nice smooth rich patina devoid of wire wrap. Interestingly there is a very old small iron pin inserted where the blade meets the hilt obviously to tighten it up. The back stitched leather scabbard is excellent retaining most of the original finish, with just crazing but no flaking and very sound. The scabbard retains the middle and lower mounts while missing the throat. The carrying ring is of very thin gauge brass. Both mounts also untouched / uncleaned and near perfect with just a couple of very shallow, really negligible dents.
    The sword was carried in the Civil War by Captain Henry Kosciusko Byington, (Boynton is the family ancestral name although he is listed in records as Byington, as a result of an error in paperwork when the family immigrated from England) Co. D, 57th Georgia Vols. The sword has been passed down through the family since the war and consigned by a direct lineal descendant. Byington originally enlisted as a sergeant in Co. G, 2d Regt. 1st Brigade, Georgia State Troops on October 11, 1861. He then enlisted as a Captain, commanding Company D, in the 57th Georgia and served with the unit through Cumberland Gap, the Kentucky Campaign of Aug. - Oct. 1862, and the Vicksburg Campaign where he was captured on July 4, 1863. He was paroled on 7 July, is listed as exchanged on 8/15/63, and promptly rejoined his regiment, serving through Champion Hill, the Atlanta Campaign, Franklin and Nashville and the Carolinas Campaign. Because of the depleted state of the 57th he was transferred into the Georgia 1st Consolidated Inf. on 4/9/65. The sword is accompanied by a professionally color printed monograph containing Byington's biography, copies of documents such as his parole and records, photographs of Byington after the war, as well as photographs of the sword itself. A exceptionally nice, untouched, Confederate foot officer's sword with a superb history.


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    November, 2011
    12th Saturday
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