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Authentic Confederate Manufactured or Used Swords and Firearms of the Civil War
Authentic Artifacts from the Revolutionary War Era thru About 1840
Wonderful Looking Early Type Virginia Manufactory Cavalry Saber
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What a great Relic! This is the sword that collectors refer to as the Virginia Manufactory sword. These were initially made by the state of Virginia so they wouldn't have to rely on the North or foreign markets for weapons. They were initially produced in the early part of the 1800's. They have a very distinctive iron guard and backstrap. It has the blade that measures 35 inches in overall length with a few service nicks along the edge. The state of Virginia authorized the establishment of the Virginia Manufactory, in Richmond Virginia. This was the only state to establish large scale manufacture of arms for its militia units, this manufacturing center would take a prominent role later in the Civil War. manufacture of these swords for Virginia units. Manufacture of swords ran from 1802 to 1822. This model was produced for Dragoons. The curve is heavy with a significant curve, the handle is heavy iron with cuts to give it form. The handle was covered with leather, wrapped in wire, the leather was thin and usually is damaged or missing and this one still retains a superb amount of the leather with all of the wire. The hilt on this First model pattern is flat and secured with a nut. The blade has one narrow and one wide unstopped fuller, flat on top. The scabbard was iron and it is missing as is so often the case. The iron hand guard has the beautiful classic lines of the Virginia made cavalry saber. The backstrap is still present and holding the parts together. Many of these swords were pressed into Confederate service during the Civil War. It was likely lost by one of the Confederates fighting in the Virginia area. Only about 10,000 of these Virginia Manufactory swords were produced and this one has a ton of character.


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