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    Nashville Plow Works Confederate Cavalry Saber with Original Scabbard A unique opportunity to own an authentic Confederate officers cavalry saber, a sword that has been long treasured by collectors with the biblical injunction of turning "plowshares into swords." The facility, operated by principals Messrs. Sharp and Hamilton, was located on 8th Avenue in Nashville near the railroad overpass and operated until Nashville fell to Federal troops on April 1, 1862.

    After the fall of Nashville, both Messers. Sharp and Hamilton were taken into custody by the Federals and charged with treason; they were later released. It is unknown how many swords were produced by the firm nor if other products were made other than the swords. The blade with unstopped fuller is 35 ½" with an overall length of the sword of 41." The blade has an appealing dark, even patina with very limited pitting. The guard is sand cast without the stippling that is seen on some of their other products.

    On the underside of the guard is the distinctive "CSA" and also the firm name "NASHVILLE PLOW WORKS. The back strap/pommel is cast in one piece, and there is a joint in the back strap approximately 1/3 of the way up from the guard, which is not loose from the grip. The sword retains its original leather and finely twisted brass wire wrap. The scabbard's lap seam on the bottom is braized. The mounts, throat and drag are brass, and the drag is loose but stable. The scabbard retains 95-plus percent of its original black paint. Overall condition of the sword is excellent.

    Provenance: The Mullinax Collection

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    24th-25th Sunday-Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
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