C.S. Arms, Inc.

Cliff Sophia, Proprietor

9150 John S. Mosby Hwy. (Rt. 50)

Upperville, VA  20185

(540) 592-7273 | sophiacsarms@aol.com

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Item No.: 9910 Price : $3,995.00
Description :
Here is an original, Virginia Manufactory Saber with its iron scabbard. This is a First Model, 2nd Variation saber with an un-modified full-length blade of about 36". Established by the General Assembly in 1798, the Virginia Manufactory of Arms was intended to provide quality arms for Virginia militia units and lessen the need for federal assistance. It was located on the James River Canal just west of the Richmond city limits. The First Model sword was not popular with the troops. It had a long deeply curved blade that was heavy and hard to wield. Consequently, many were shortened, especially by the Confederacy after the start of the Civil War. Swords with their original, full-length blades are scarce. This sword is in fine condition with the scabbard in good condition. The armory bright blade has some overall brown staining. The very tip of the blade, about 1/16" is broken off. The sheet iron guard has a steel gray patina with no dents or bending. The iron back piece has some light pitting near the guard. The wooden grip retains its brass wire wrap and about 30% of its leather covering, the remainder having flaked off. The iron scabbard has three dents and some significant pitting, especially near the drag. There is more pitting around the throat and frog button. The scabbard has been repainted black. They were originally black, but given the evident pitting, this has to be repainted. The blade has regimental markings on the spine. You can make out "Va. Regt." but the number is lost to time. This is a nice example of a First Model Virginia Manufactory sword. Stock no. 28218



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9150 John S. Mosby Highway (Route 50)
in historic Upperville, VA
  Box 602
Upperville, VA. 20185
(540) 592-7273 or (540) 592-7274
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