W x 1 1/4″ H
Presented is a rather roughly made short
sword with a prominent CS on both sides of the cross guard and a star on both sides of the pommel which is a careful recreation
of swords selling for many thousands of dollars. Like the original, it is has no maker’s mark, and there is no
scabbard. The sword came from the collection of a southern gentleman and nothing else is known about its history, but it is
a well made copy and not authentic. None the less, the scarcity of the real swords of this design makes this a worthwhile
addition to those that fancy Confederate Civil War relics, but can’t afford them.
For example, there are two swords
of the style with these same markings on the internet. One is priced at $12,500.00 and the other at $9500.00.
This sword design
was first made by Ames as the Model 1832 and issued to regular artillery regiments and infantry. The Ames short
sword appeared in their catalog as Number 350.
DIMENSIONS: The blade is
1 /4″ wide at the hilt and 18 5/8″ long. There is a long wide “fuller”, starting
5″ above the point that is 13″ long. The hilt is 4 1/2″ long, 1 1/4 wide and 7/8″ thick. The entire hilt
is cast brass. The grip is molded with a decoration that looks like a continuous strand. The quillions is a straight
cross. There is an STAR imprint on both sides of the pommel.
Condition of blade, Obverse and ReverseCONDITION: The blade has some slight pitting
and darker grey spots with with some of its original nickel plating in evidence. On the reverse side there is some small
links, and prints that have been transferred to the blade. Both edges are sharp. The blade is solid in its handle.