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    Confederate Officer's Cavalry Saber "Diamond-Shaped" Sword With Original Leather Scabbard by Boyle & Gamble, Richmond, Virginia. Brass four (4) branch guard with "DIAMOND HATCHED BASKET" design; original leather wrap with single brass wire. Blade is 29 7/8", and the overall length of sword is 35½" with original leather washer; unstopped single, fuller beginning 2¼" from ricasso; bands are 1½" heavy brass, attached to mounts that are in a "Coffin" pattern. Scabbard is leather, backstitched. Mounts are solid brass; top mount is 5 15/32" pinned, unique "squared" design throat; middle mount is 3 5/8"; drag is 15 17/32" pinned. Carried by Henry A. Hatcher, 2nd Virginia Cavalry.

    Boyle & Gamble operated in Richmond, VA, throughout the Civil War, located on South Sixth Street, a block from the old Virginia Armory where they produced swords of all types as well as bayonets and knives. The principals of the firm were Edwin Boyle, T. Gamble, and E. MacFee. This example is the only known example of this style of "Diamond Headed" guard.It is a unique sword that would have been special ordered by Capt. Hatcher of the 2nd Virginia Calvalry.

    Provenance: The Tharpe Collection of American Military History

    Exhibited: The Liberty Heritage Society Museum




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    June, 2007
    24th-25th Sunday-Monday
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