This hilt pattern is shown on page 75 of "Confederate Edged Weapons" by Albaugh and noted as "The best known of the K. G. & K. swords. . ." This pattern is also shown on page 114 of "A Photographic Supplement of Confederate Swords" by Albaugh. It has a 31 3/4 inch straight blade with a wide, unstopped single fuller, floral, and martial etching on both sides, "C.S." on the reverse side, partially visible "K. G. & K." mark etched on the obverse ricasso, and "Columbia/S.C." clearly etched on the reverse ricasso. The brass hilt has a densely decorated counter guard with oak leaf and acorn designs along with "CS" and has "VI" on the reverse near the blade, and the distinctive laurel and oak leaf pattern found on Kraft, Goldschmidt & Kraft swords is on the pommel. The wood grip is wrapped with dark leather and a plain copper wire. It has the distinctive metal scabbard with painted body and brass throat, suspension bands, and drag used by Kraft, Goldschmidt & Kraft.
Fine. The blade has distinct etching along most of both sides, some dark patches of pitting, and mostly bright surfaces with areas of original frosty finish still present. The hilt has deep aged patina turning brown in some areas indicative of remaining essentially untouched for many years, distinct designs, and moderate wear appropriate for a Confederate battle weapon, and the grip similarly shows moderate wear including flaking of the leather. The scabbard has a mix of the original finish and a dark brown patina with mild texture on the body, deep aged patina on the brass mounts, and a dent near the drag. This is a solid and attractive Confederate officer's sword.
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