CONFEDERATE ARTILLERY SHORT SWORD BY E.J. JOHNSTON

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Measuring 23 3/8” inches overall, with a 16 1/8” inch blade, this short sword shows the typical Johnston hilt with concentric ringed grip atop a sloping section leading to the crossguard and a flattened globular pommel with concave curved pommel cap. The blade shows brownish blue with a deep chip on one edge and two short stretches on the other whether a fault in the metal or an edge strike has caused some delamination. The brass crossguard has a deep patina, show age spots, nicks and dings. The upper border of the recessed panel of the guard, shows a small bend. The blade is a flattened oval in cross-section and is unfullered. Distinguishing between artillery short swords made by Johnston and those made by McElroy, the other manufacturer in Macon, Ga., is the subject of much debate in collector circles. Some attribute the unfullered blade and the better finished recessed panel of the guard, which shows turned sunken roundels at the crossguard ends to McElroy. There is no debate, however, that one of the two Macon makers is the source of the sword.  [sr]

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