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    RARE CONFEDERATE MANUFACTURED 'DOG RIVER' LIGHT ARTILLERY SABER AND SCABBARD. - Although even approximate figures are unknown these artillery sabers were manufactured by the Confederates in very limited quantity, with surviving specimens being quite rare. The somewhat flat brass pommel cap and the classic d guard are quite heavy with crude fit and finish and a number of casting flaws. As with most of these swords, the underside of the guard has a recess to accept the top of the scabbard, which is made without a throat. This detail was used on the early US M1840 sabers and apparently was favored by the Confederates as it negated the necessity of a separate throat on the scabbard. Interestingly on this example a leather washer has been fitted inside of the recess. The wooden grip is channeled to accept the single strand iron wire and the grip was originally wrapped with oil cloth. The deeply curved 31 ¼" blade exhibits numerous forging flaws and has a crude unstopped fuller that extends to within 8" of the tip. The iron scabbard has a crude soldered lap seam and rather crude heavy brass ring mounts with a prominent median ridge. The carrying rings are iron. There is no throat. Regretfully the last approximately 12" of the scabbard has been broken off and is missing. Really a wonderful untouched example of this very rare Confederate enlisted saber that absolutely 'whistles Dixie".

    Condition: Brass hilt with deep dark untouched patina, really great. The grip is sound, wire tight and retains approximately 30% of the original oil cloth wrap, showing very heavy use. The blade is also untouched and gray with scattered medium pitting toward the tip, a bit heavier on the reverse. The missing piece of the scabbard has obviously been gone for a long time, possibly snapped off during the period of use, and it is this exposed section of the blade that exhibits the pitting. The scabbard is very dark, untouched, with some scattered light pitting. The brass ring mounts and iron carrying rings are black and untouched.

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    Auction Dates
    December, 2007
    1st Saturday
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