C.S.A. Field and Staff

Officer’s Sword


Description and Photograph





     The field and staff officer’s sword shown here was made at the Confederate States Armory in Kenansville, North Carolina by Louis Froelich.  The name implies that the manufactory was a Confederate government operation, but it was privately owned and operated.  Records show that Froelich made pikes, buttons, saber bayonets, navy and artillery cutlasses, belts, knapsacks, cap boxes, cartridge boxes and swords for North Carolina, the Confederate government and for private sale.  The Confederate States Armory is believed to have been the second largest sword manufactory in the Confederacy.  Froelich’s cavalry swords, bayonets and cutlasses are all referred to as Kenansville products, taking their name from the place of manufacture rather than the maker’s name.  Only his unique field & staff sword bares his name and it is this sword that he is most remembered for.

     The large CSA in the counterguard delineates this sword as a field & staff pattern, and as the name field & staff implies, only officers with the rank of major and above were authorized to carry this sword.  However, such distinctions could ill be afforded in the Confederate army and this sword could have been carried by officers of some lesser rank.  

     The beautiful Froelich field & staff officer’s sword shown here is a very nice example of this pattern.  The leather grip wrap and brass wire are completely original, beautiful, and one hundred percent complete.  The blade has lost its factory luster but is smooth from ricasso to point with no rust.  The sword is still sheathed in its original matching Froelich scabbard.  The scabbard is perfect; it has not a single dent.  Both the scabbard’s throat and the sword’s guard are cut with the numeral XII.  These markings were bench numbers used at the armory to match the sword and scabbard so there is no doubt that sword and scabbard have always been together, however, the sword appears to be about 2-3 inches too short.  I say appears because I cannot say with certainty that it has been shortened; the sword has definitely not been shortened and sharpened since the War.  The tip has the natural wear that occurred during its service life, so perhaps it left the factory that way; the other possibility is that it was damaged in battle and had to be re-pointed.

     The sword and the scabbard are completely original in all regards; it has never been altered or even cleaned and with the exception noted above cannot be improved upon.  A bargain at $14,750.00.                                                               



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