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            LOT 212
Rare Confederate Kraft,
Goldschmidt & Kraft Officer’s Saber with Scabbard - 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.
CONDITION: 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. Estimate: 18,000 - 27,500
  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.”
CONDITION: 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.
 104 Estimate: 6,000 - 8,000
 LOT 213
Confederate Enlisted Mans
Model 1840 Style Light Artillery Saber with Scabbard - This Confederate attributed

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