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    Rare Confederate Staff and Field Officer's Sword and Scabbard by Leech & Rigdon in Superb Untouched Condition. Oft referred to by collectors as the "floating CS" pattern , these swords are recognized as being among the rarest of the myriad products produced by Leech & Rigdon, with only a handful of known specimens. The 30½" nearly straight blade uses a single deep unstopped fuller, the overall length of the sword being 37". The guard displays the CS between the outward and middle branches, with foliate decoration on the ends of the branches, and a sunburst pattern cast on the underside of the guard, radiating from the blade. The knuckle bow is slotted to accept a sword knot where it meets the distinctive notched pommel cap. The leather wrapped grip is very nice, retaining the original twisted brass wire. The brass mounted leather scabbard is back stitched and the mounts are attached with screws, the carrying rings are brass. The condition is really quintessentially untouched/ uncleaned. The hilt retains 40% of the original gilt. The blade is smooth and gray with just some scattered stains, retaining the original leather washer. The scabbard exhibits crackling to the finish but is intact and very sound. For the purist, as fine an example of this scarce sword as you will ever see. From the firm's establishment in Memphis, through moves to Mississippi and Georgia, Leech & Rigdon was among the most prolific manufacturers of weapons and equipment for the Confederacy. Their products are highly sought after, this sword being one of the rarest.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2008
    29th-30th Sunday-Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
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