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    Confederate Staff and Field Officer's Sword Manufactured at College Hill Arsenal, Nashville, Tennessee and Inscribed to Lieutenant E. M. Johnston, Company "A", 14th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry. Johnston enrolled in Captain R. J. Lawrence's Company, 14th Mississippi Inf. on 29 May 1861. He remains on the rolls until early August, at which point he apparently resigned his commission

    The overall length of the sword is 36". The 30 3/8" blade, with the distinctive pen knife ricasso, is etched on both sides to within 6" of the tip. The obverse of the blade is etched with scroll motifs and a blank central panel. The etching on the reverse includes a Confederate 1st national flag and NCSA in the central panel. All etching is highlighted with scroll work and hand engraved details. The blade is smooth and bright with just a few patches of light pitting and a couple of tiny nicks, really very nice. The sword retains the original leather washer at the hilt. The basket of the guard is pierced with floral and scroll work along with the CS and cast floral decoration on the outboard branch. The distinctive pommel cap is plain and the leather grip with twisted wire wrap is near perfect. The entire hilt retains approximately 75% of the original gold wash. The brass-mounted leather scabbard, which is contemporary to, and was unquestionably used with the sword bears the logo of the Ames Manufacturing Co. At least one other Cunningham/ College Hill sword is known utilizing an Ames scabbard. The face of the throat is neatly engraved in period script, "Lt. E. M. Johnston/ Com. A 11th/ Miss. Regat." Unquestionably period and absolutely authentic. The brass mounts of the scabbard also retain approximately 75% of the original gold wash and are identical in wear and color to the hilt of the sword. The leather body of the scabbard exhibits some minor crackling of the finish but is excellent and very sound. The sword and scabbard are a perfect match and have clearly always been together. An important Confederate staff and field officer's sword, striking for both its great rarity and superb condition.


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    June, 2009
    25th Thursday
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