Old South Military Antiques

William J. McElroy Cavalry Officer’s Sword
Item #: OS-6947







William John McElroy was born in New York City in 1822. It is not known when he moved to the South, but by 1845 he was in Savannah, Georgia working as a tinner, and in 1850 he was a merchant in Macon, Georgia. Apparently, Georgia was very good to McElroy; the 1860 Macon census list him as a 37 year old merchant with $5,500 in real estate and $17,550 of personal estate.

When the War Between the States began, he put his talents to work making war material for his adopted home. Wm J. McElroy & Co was making war accoutrements as early as September, 1861. During the course of the War he made swords, knives, cutlasses, spurs, belts, bits, buckles, brass crossed cannon, cap letters, gun and sword parts. In short, he made anything and everything military that he could produce and sell. He is best known for his beautifully made and etched swords. Because of the quality of the swords he produced and because many of his products carry his name, they are among the most desirable Confederate antiques in the world.

One of his rarest productions is shown here, a Cavalry Officer’s Sword with its original etched scabbard. No more than six swords of this pattern are currently known to exist. The sword’s blade is etched with McElroy’s name and address, a large CS, a Confederate First National Flag and McElroy’s standard vine pattern. The scabbard is etched with crossed Confederate First National flags and the same vine pattern. The grip wrap and wire have been restored.

Though far from a pristine example, this is a very difficult pattern to acquire in any condition.

Price $33,000.00 USD