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CONFEDERATE CAVALRY SABER
BY
JAMES CONNING MOBILE, ALA
ATTIC CONDITION
 ORIGINAL SCABBARD
MATCHING NUMBERS

 

 

This is a rare Cavalry Saber made by James Conning of Mobile, Alabama under contract for the State of Alabama during the Civil War.  Conning contracted with the State of Alabama to produce 500 cavalry sabers and this is serial number 200.  This sword is in untouched attic condition.  It is actually smoother than it looks having never been cleaned.  The blade has no chips and is not pitted.  It has a nice dark patina with a little crust laying on top, all of which could be properly cleaned with steel  wool and oil and it would be very smooth.  Conning's mounts were made out of cast iron and is actually an indication of authenticity when you are looking at the mounts on a Conning Scabbard to see a little chip here and there.  The brass guard is beautifully patinaed and the grip wire on is intact.  Typical of an attic sword, it has a little paint on the drag from when the closet it was stored in was painted.  Characteristic of Conning Cavalry Sabers, the leather on the grip has vaporized.  Conning used the single worst batch of improperly tanned leather of anyone in the Confederacy.  Most Conning Cav Sabers come out of the woods with the leather badly degraded if not gone altogether.  He apparently knew this because when he made the artillery sword for the State of Alabama, he didn't even bother to put leather on those grips.  They are just wood and wire.  This sword is properly serial numbered on the pommel cap, on the top of the blade and on top of the guard.  A really rare Conning Cavalry Saber in untouched condition.  SOLD!!