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    CONFEDERATE CAVALRY SABER AND SCABBARD MADE BY LEECH & RIGDON OF MEMPHIS, TENN. - The firm of Leech & Rigdon, also known as the Memphis Novelty Works were active in the production of edged weapons from early in the war., first in Memphis then in Columbus , Miss. And finally in Greensboro, Ga. They also manufactured at least 1500 revolvers in addition to swords, knives and bayonets. Although unmarked this sword exhibits the characteristics normally associated with cavalry sabers manufactured by this firm. The brass hilt exhibits excellent fit and finish and is notably concave on the underside of the guard. Leather wrapped grip, grooved to accept the original twisted brass wire. The 35 ¼" curved blade has a wide shallow unstopped fuller and, as is characteristic of Confederate blades is very sharp. The blade shows numerous forging flaws with an irregular cutting edge, The iron scabbard is well made with a smooth brazed seam on the bottom. Brass throat, ring mounts and drag with brazed irn rings. A nice untouched Confederate Cava;ry saber associated with one of the Confederacy's best known and most prolific manufacturers.

    Condition: Brass hilt untouched w/nice patina. Grip retains 50% of the original leather with tight twisted brass wire wrap. Blade with scattered light pitting, a bit heavier at several spots. The tip of the blade is slightly rounded. Iron scabbard with smooth pleasing patina, no dents. Brass mounts and iron carrying rings also very nice.

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    December, 2007
    1st Saturday
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