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CONFEDERATE ARTILLERY SWORD
MFG'D BY
JAMES CONNING, MOBILE

This is a rare Conning Artillery Sword which is in its original scabbard.  The blade is approximately 28 inches in length and strongly marked "James Conning Mobile."  The blade is very smooth with a light patination and numerous minor chips to its edge.  The grip is intact, made of polished wood.  Conning did not use leather on the Artillery Swords.  It has all of its small twisted wire and the guard is marked with the State of Alabama property marks and serial number.  The scabbard is in heavy patina with a brass seam which is opening slightly, and lead soldered mounts.  There is a breakthrough on the upper part of the scabbard edge which is not so much a product of rust as it is that they finished it so thin when they made it.  Some of the original black paint still adheres to the outside of the bottom of the scabbard.  The State of Alabama bought 500 of these swords but something happened to them, as they are extremely rare.  The Conning Cavalry Sabers supplied to the State of Alabama while scarce, seem to be more numerous today.  SOLD!!