Old South Military Antiques

Boyle, Gamble & McFee Artillery Sword
Item #: OS-7268


This 24 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.

Though many different artisans produced artillery swords for the Confederate Government, only a few patterns can be identified to a specific maker. The artillery sword shown here is one of those few. It was made by Boyle, Gamble & McFee, the famed sword makers of Richmond, Virginia. These are positively identified by the few maker marked specimens

It seems that in nearly every case where a sword is identified to a specific maker, it is because just a few have been discovered to have the company name stamped into them. For example, Louis Haiman & Co. manufactured over 9000 cavalry swords, but only three of their cavalry swords have shown up that had their name on them. The same can be said of E.J. Johnston’s artillery swords or McElroy cavalry swords. This is because only examples manufactured to be submitted as samples to the Confederate Government were marked with the maker’s name. There was no need to mark the swords purchased under contract and issued to the soldiers directly from the Confederate depot. The example shown here matches the marked Boyle, Gamble & McFee foot artillery swords exactly, with the exception of the name stamped into the cross guard. This sword is in excellent condition; with the exception of some carbon staining near the tip of the blade and several chips in the blades edge. Its copper mounted scabbard is in virtually perfect condition and though I don’t show it sheathed, it fits perfectly. The leather remains as solid as the day it was made.

Price $3,500.00 USD