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CONFEDERATE
STAFF & FIELD OFFICER'S SWORD
MFG'D BY
JAMES CONNING
MOBILE, ALABAMA

This is a classic Conning Staff & Field Officer's Sword.  The blade is typically Conning with a 31 inch length, unstopped fuller and a rounded back.  The guard casting is one of the more handsome products produced in the South during the Civil War.  It has the CS between the ornamental branches and is very nicely done.  There is a considerable amount of the original gold wash still showing on the guard and traces on the pommel cap.  The guard on Conning Staff & Field Officer Swords was molded off a pattern which belonged to Jacob Fazier of Macon, Mississippi.  Fazier obtained the patter piece from Windham in Philadelphia.  It was bequeathed to him upon Windham's death.  He changed the "U" to a "C" on the pattern piece.  It then became the basis for swords that he made as well as those made at Conning.  He was employed by Conning to set up Conning's sword manufactory.  This sword is solid, has a nice grip wrap and a bright blade which shows its age but is not grossly disfigured by pitting or chips.  There is no scabbard and that is where Conning marked his Staff & Field Officer's swords.  He normally engraved his name and location on the upper brass mount of the scabbard.  A very attractive piece of Confederate Civil War history.  SOLD!!