Confederate Staff and Field Officer’s Sword By Boyle & Gamble, Richmond, Virginia
Confederate Staff and Field Officer’s Sword By Boyle & Gamble, Richmond, Virginia – This most iconic of Confederate swords could be a cornerstone acquisition for any serious collector of Confederate memorabilia. These swords are always a rare find. Such officer’s swords were meant to be carried by Confederate commissioned officers, as evidenced by the fact that many were recovered, in strategic locations, on legendary battlefields where the Army of Northern Virginia was in action.
This particular example is completely and entirely untouched and original. The sword blade retains considerable, visible etching, in a unique and artistic pattern; a second appealing and important feature is the dramatic, fiery-red patina of the sword’s furniture and scabbard brass. Such a patina is only achieved through time, natural environmental exposure, in combination with the high copper content of original Confederate brass, a highly significant element that collectors of Confederate weaponry seek, but seldom see in such a dramatic fashion as exhibited by this sword. A Boyle and Gamble Staff and Field Officer’s Sword, almost identical to this specimen, is shown in a photograph of several Boyle and Gamble swords, on p.12, fig. 2-A of the photographic supplement to William Albaugh’s definitive and renown work on Confederate swords.
The sword is in overall excellent condition. It retains its original leather grip, as well as its original wire wrap. The scabbard is in equally strong condition with the exception of one weak area near the drag. The blade, when fitted into the scabbard, has penetrated slightly through the drag. This is one of the better examples of a Boyle and Gamble staff and field officer’s sword we have encountered.