These Confederate officers' swords reflect some of the best work by Southern sword makers. Boyle, Gamble and Co. was the premier sword maker of the Confederacy and the example shown here (5) is unusual in that it has no "fuller." Another fairly large-scale manufacturer was Leech & Rigdon, which was also known as the Memphis Novelty Works. At least six major types of Leech & Rigdon swords have been identified, of which two are shown here (2, 3). A third sword maker was W. J. McElroy of Macon, Georgia, who manufactured sturdy but unrefined edged weapons (6); the metal scabbard is etched with the letters "CS" in Gothic script between the ring mounts.
Three engineer swords arel shown. One is modeled on the US Army Model 1839 Topographical Engineer's saber (1), while the second (9) was made by Haiman and has the silvered letters "CSA" on the guard. The third (12) was a presentation item, the sword having the engineer branch insignia in brass on the guard, while its scabbard isL engraved: "Capt. Jno. L. Saffarransj From his Friends in Honor of his services at the battle of Belmont, Memphis, Feby,22,1862."
The Louis Haiman sword (8) ha: an etched blade with the State of Georgia seal on the obverse and thi letters "CS" surrounded by a wreatl on the reverse.
Boyle, Gamble and Company engineer officer's sword with brass mounted metal scabbard
Leech and Rigdon staff and field officer's sword, variant
9 Louis Haiman engineer officer's sword.
10 E J. Johnston and Company, foot officer's sword, made in Macon, Georgia
11 Thomas, Griswold and Company foot officer's sword, featuring an etched blade
12 Thomas. Griswold and Company engineer officer's sword.
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