Original U.S. Civil War Era French Model 1831 Artillery Short Sword

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. The outbreak of the U.S. Civil War massively disrupted trade around the country, as well as international trade. During the early years of the war, supplies were short on both sides, especially in the South, which lacked the North's manufacturing capacity. Even after the raid on Harper's Ferry Arsenal, they still needed to import many goods from overseas.

This is a typical example of a French Artillery sword that would have been imported during the Civil war, particularly by the South. It is in the typical style for these artillery short swords, though definitely lighter in construction than the official Federal design. These rarely had any markings on them, so as to hide their origin, and prevent possible reprisals from the winning side should material support be discovered. There is however a small animal emblem stamped on the ricasso of the blade, and the word "MADE" at the bottom of the blade just before the crossguard.

Condition of the sword is good, with the expected wear and oxidation on the blade from use and age. There is some sharpening and adjustment that was made at the tip, however the edges are definitely still blunt except closer to the blade point. The brass hilt is a bit loose on the tang, but does have a lovely patina.

This is a very nice example a typical imported French sword used during the U.S. Civil War. Ready to display!

Blade Length: 17 3/4"
Blade Style: Double Edged "Gladius" style
Overall length: 23
Crossguard: 3 5/8

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