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I purchased this sword in 2008 at a small Southern Auction. According to the consignor it belonged to a Confederate cavalry trooper by the name of Williams, whose family hailed from Bentonville, Arkansas, and the sword was used in the Battle of Bentonville, one of the last Civil War battles. Sword stayed in the family until I purchased it. Auction tag with the name and address of the auction house, along with a small provenance note stuck to the auction tag, will be included with the sword, and the buyer will have a chance to check the story, and perhaps get in touch with the family for additional information.
This certainly is a fabulous battle-worn veteran. Scabbard, originally plated, was covered with black paint to reduce sun glare. Remnants of both finishes are generously present on the scabbard. Blade has no pitting, and spots of dark patina. Blade is 35 7/8" long, and has never been sharpened. Scabbard drag is marked GK.
Reference: JOHN H. THILLMANN - CIVIL WAR CAVALRY AND ARTILLERY SABERS