Old South Military Antiques

C----S Artillery Sword
Item #: OS-7043





This 24.25-inch Confederate Short Sword is modeled after the Roman warrior’s sword of ancient times and more recently the artillery sword of the Napoleonic War era. In fact, I have seen war time billing invoices that actually refer to these short swords as "Roman Swords”.

It was originally intended to kill or maim charging cavalry horses, but the War Between the States weaponry rendered such a use impractical. It was likely used more often to slay overly aggressive swine (those that could not get away) or to clear fields of fire for the artillery.

The sword shown here is in near perfect condition. The hilt is tight as when it was new. The smooth, semi-bright blade has some patches of staining, but no damage or nicks. It has never been sharpened or pointed. But for the staining, it is flawless from hilt to point.

I once thought these were made in Richmond; others think it was made by Leech & Rigdon, but the simple fact is, we just don’t know. It is an extremely rare sword in any condition, and even rarer in this superb condition.

Price $5,400.00 USD

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