29.875" slightly curved single-edged spear point blade with 18.75" unstopped median fuller. 5.5" hilt with cast brass guard with the "CS and Star" motif, surround by a laurel wreath. Crudely sand cast guard, knuckle bow and pommel cap with floral motifs, acanthus leaves and flowing ribbons. Leather-covered wood grip with 7 wraps of single-strand brass wire. Roughly cast forward swept quillon. Blade etched with Confederate patriotic motifs on the obverse, including CSA in a shield surmounting a flag and canon and a flag with 12 "X"-shaped stars in a crude St. Andrews Cross configuration in the canton, along with a variety of flowing foliate themes. The obverse blade shows a clear forging flaw, about 1.75" from the hilt, with a similar, less obvious flaw about .5" from the hilt on the reverse. The reverse of the blade is etched with flowing foliate themes with the central panel showing a simple panoply of arms with a liberty cap suspended from a halberd, crosses flags, a canon and a bugle, all surmounted by a shield with three vertical stripes on the lower portion and 9 crude "+"-shaped stars on the upper portion. Brass mounted, top-seamed leather scabbard with ring mounts pinned to throat and middle mount. Scabbard body with incised lines at edges on both obverse and reverse and a simple flowing decorative pattern embossed along the edges of the seam. A truly spectacular condition example of a very desirable Boyle & Gamble Staff Officer's sword.
Provenance:From the Sword Collection of William Koch
Very fine. Blade retains most of its bright polish its the large majority of the frosty etching, with the only real loss at the ricasso, where the frosting has thinned from contact with the scabbard throat. Blade is crisp, unsharpened and free of any significant nicks along the edge. Hilt with a medium ocher patina, leather wrap with light wear and some minor finish loss, but entirely intact, with all wire in place. Scabbard fine, complete and solid, with some minor crazing and some minor bend marks, mostly on the reverse, but one quite obvious about 5.5" from the top of the drag on the obverse. Seam remains tight along the top edge, embossed patterns and incised lines remain mostly visible. Mounts with a medium bronze patina, with both the mounts and rings showing some small casting flaws. A really stunning example in a fantastic state of preservation.
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