Confederate Mitchell & Tyler Staff Officer's Sword

29.25" semi-curved, spear-point blade with single 20", unstopped median fuller. 5" gilt brass hilt with a star over CS cast into the guard, surrounded by a laurel wreath. Grooved wood grip with leather cover and 16 wraps of twisted wire. Obverse blade etched with panoplies of arms and simple foliate scrolls with the letters CS in the center. Reverse blade etched with panoplies of arms with the words LIBERTY on a flag, HOPE on a shield and VICTORY OR DEATH in a ribbon. Reverse ricasso etched in an arc: Boyle Gamble & Co over Mfg. For / Mitchell & Tyler / Richmond / VA. Black lacquered wood scabbard with high grade gold gilt brass mounts with decorative floral bands. A really spectacular condition Confederate staff officer's sword by Boyle & Gamble and retailed by Mitchell & Tyler.

Provenance:From the Sword Collection of William Koch


Fine. Blade retains much of the frosty etching and bright polish with all of the etching remaining completely visible and all words completely legible. Blade with some scattered flecks of minute surface oxidation and a couple of tiny dings in the edge. Hilt and guard with strong traces of gold gilt in protected areas, wrap and wire fine with some light wear. Partial leather throat washer in place. Scabbard fine, with mounts retaining much of their gold gilt as well.

Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000
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