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    Second Model Virginia Manufactury Cavalry Saber Marked Third Virginia Regiment Modified for Confederate Use. The 33¼" blade is marked on the back "3 V'A REG't" and on the obverse at the base with the numeral "5" and on the reverse the numeral "2." The iron hilt was modified by removing the disc and reshaping the quillon to a rounded profile. The original wood grip has two longitudinal splits and is missing a small piece at the top. The sword is overall untouched with a deep dark patina and just some minor scattered pitting on the guard. At the outbreak of the Civil War, the state of Virginia had 3,675 of these sabers (1st and 2nd models) on-hand and a considerable portion were shortened and slenderized as is the case with this example, for issuance to Confederate Virginia cavalry troops. The survival rate on these swords is very low. A nice untouched example with very desirable markings.

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    June, 2008
    29th-30th Sunday-Monday
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