Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 213: Confederate Enlisted Mans 1840 Style Light Artillery Saber

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Confederate Enlisted Mans Model 1840 Style Light Artillery Saber with Scabbard

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $6,000 - $8,000

Confederate Enlisted Mans Model 1840 Style Light Artillery Saber with Scabbard

Manufacturer: None
Model: None
Type: Other
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Item Interest: Active
Catalog Page: 104
Class: Other
Bore Condition: -

This Confederate attributed sword is visually similar to a U.S. Model 1840 light artillery saber and has an unmarked curved single fuller blade that measures 31 3/4 inches long, a brass hilt with downturned quillion, helmet pommel, and an oilcloth grip wrapped with a single strand of iron wire of the type used on the Confederate cavalry sabers made by Louis Froelich of Kenansville, North Carolina, and many collectors believe this is an indication these swords may have also been made by Froelich. The hilt has a deep oval recess by the base of the blade for the scabbard to lock into. This was copied from the Mexican War period Ames artillery and is a rare early war Confederate feature. Includes an iron scabbard with two brass fittings with attached iron suspension rings. It appears a washer is absent at the base of the blade. An identical example of a Confederate artillery saber is pictured and described on page 198 of the book "A Photographic Supplement of Confederate Swords" by William A. Albaugh III in which it states, "Two distinguishing features are: the 'fault' in the blades (as shown by the photograph) identical to those frequently found on products by Boyle & Gamble; and the exceptionally heavy brass mounts on the iron scabbard."

Rating Definition:

Very good and well above average condition for a genuine Confederate issued sword, the blade has various chips on the sharp edge with scattered patches of moderate pitting indicative of battlefield use. Brass retains an attractive original golden aged patina. Oilcloth handle is good with an absent section an either end. Scabbard retains 80% of its original brown lacquer finish with some scattered pitting and wear, an area of separation at the top half, and a dent in between the brass fittings which retain a pleasing golden aged patina.

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