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    Confederate Officer's Cavalry Saber With Brass Scabbard Made by Thomas Griswold & Co. New Orleans. The brass scabbard on this sword has minor dings and only very minor scratches. The initial "B" is scratched on the top left side of the scabbard. The brass mounts, rings, and drag are original to the scabbard. The blade is bright, stamped with the firm name in an arch, "THOMAS. GRISWOLD (& Co.)" over NE(W ORLEANS); the stamp was apparently struck at an angle omitting part of the firm name and city.

    The blade is an 1840 wrist-breaker style with file stopped fuller which exhibits very minor pitting at the ricasso on right side. The blade length is 35 1/8" with what appears to be its original leather washer; the overall length of the sword is 41¼". The guard is a standard style used by the firm with vines on the pommel and two of the guard branches. The brown leather and twisted copper wire warp are in excellent condition. Thomas Griswold, after dissolving his partnership with A. L. Hyde, continued to produce all kinds and types of swords, sabers, and cutlasses at their facilities located at 15 Chartres in New Orleans. The operation continued until the fall of New Orleans on May 1, 1862.

    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
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 7
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