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Authentic Confederate Manufactured or Used Swords and Firearms of the Civil War
Authentic Civil War Confederate Short Pattern "Gladiator" Style Artillery Sword
Item #: A8123
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Wow! What a cool Confederate sword! This is the classic pattern of Confederate short artillery sword. These were patterned after the gladiator style sword. Since the 1830's the U.S. Government had made a sword of this pattern that was officially known as the model 1832 U.S. artillery short sword. When the Civil War broke out many of the Southern arsenals produced their versions of that sword. This is one of those Confederate manufactured swords. There are a few obvious differences between these Confederate swords and the Union made swords. The blade on the Confederate sword has the wide single fuller groove and the Union sword will have three on each side. The handle on the Union made sword will have rivets holding the blade in place and the Confederate made sword will only be peened at the top of the pommel. That is one of the cool things about this sword. Often times the peen woodwork loose and the blade would come out of the sword. If the soldier was in need he would have to make a field repair to keep on using the sword. That's what they did in this case. You can see that on the cross guard it has been hammered and hammered to clamp onto the blade itself. This would allow the sword to function as well as it ever did which was perfect in a time where there were no easily found replacements. The handle is made of cast brass and has the fish scale style grip which is similar to the Union made pieces. This one is a beautiful and classic example of the Confederate workmanship. The sword measures 24 inches overall with 18-3/4th of those inches being the blade. Going down the center of the blade it has the single fuller that is hand formed by the maker. The brass that composes the handle is in wonderful shape and has a fantastic color to the metal. This is a great looking Confederate gladiator style artillery short sword that any collector would love to have.


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