Rare Leather Scabbard B. Douglas, Columbia, S.C. Confederate Cavalry Saber

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This very rare Confederate Cavalry saber and is one of only of two complete examples known, and this example is in wonderful "as found" condition, with perfect blade, grip and scabbard. The unique scabbard mounts found on this sword consisting of brass body and soldered, brass fixed carrying rings. These mounts, usually broken, are often found excavated on various Civil War sites, but this may be the only 100% complete example of sword utilizing these mounts known. There are other similar variants known on other Douglas products which are also rarely encountered.

This sword is identified as Douglas from its distinctive mushroom shaped plain pommel cap, rondels cut on ends of scabbard drag and saw tooth edged protective washer. This sword also exhibits a fine branched hilt, that is flat overall, similar to other Douglas and "Corn Pone" Confederate Calvary Sabers. This is a beautiful sword with great patina and a complete near perfect oil cloth grip with single iron wire wrap. PROVENANCE: Steven Hess Collection. 

Sword overall is in fine condition with 33" unstopped fullered blade, which is gray-bright, still exhibiting orig tool marks, with light staining and pitting. Protective washer is mostly intact though chipped and missing part of one end. The oil cloth grip is complete and intact with most of its original polish with some light chipping and wear at high areas. The original single strand iron wire and tared grip wrap is complete and tight. Brass hilt, pommel and scabbard mounts exhibit yellow and mustard colored patinas. Scabbard is sound and solid, though the leather scabbard body has numerous scuffs, scratches and areas where polished surface is missing as can be seen in photos. The centrally sewn scabbard on reverse is mostly tight and intact with about 1 inch of loose stitches, near drag, as can be seen in photos. 

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