Old South Military Antiques

W. J. McElroy Artillery Sword
Item #: OS-7060

The foot artillery sword shown here is believed to have been made by W. J. McElroy in Macon, Georgia. Both E. J. Johnston and W. J. McElroy manufactured swords in Macon, and Johnston produced a nearly, but not quite, identical artillery sword which is found sheathed in an identical scabbard. Because of the similarity of the two, and that these two makers are known to have shared craftsmen, it is generally assumed that the sword shown here was made by McElroy, even though no maker marked examples have come to light.

This example is in like new condition; the grip is tight and retains its deep, rich, natural patina; it even retains its original throat washer. The bright blade has never been cleaned and is perfect. The sword is sheathed in its original wooden scabbard with tin mounts and a lead finial which still has nearly all of its original black paint. It too is perfect.

Its equal may exist, but its superior cannot.