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Confederate Isaac & Co. Georgia Cavalry Sabre

   

 

The firm of Isaac, Campbell & Co. is an example of war profiteering at its worst. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Saul Isaac of New York purchased the London military outfitting company of S. Campbell & Co. He then proceeded to sell swords and other military goods exclusively to the South at inflated prices. A certain number of the fine Enfield P1853 cavalry sabres from Isaac, Campbell & Co. were purchased by the State of Georgia to outfit some of their cavalry regiments. Each of these swords was marked "ISAAC & Co" on the blade spine and a "G" was stamped at the ricasso near the fuller. The three-branch guard is of iron and the grip is made of two pieces of very thick checkered leather, riveted to the wide blade tang. A 1" section of leather is missing from the obverse side, there are chips to the leather, and some rivets are loose. The slightly curved 34 " blade has a long single unstopped fuller and a spear point (several deep edge nicks near the point). The metal is mostly untouched and "in the black". This example came from the Brooklyn Museum, which stated that the donor had been a Union soldier from Ohio who had picked up the sword on the battlefield of Antietam. No Scabbard, as typical of battlefield pickups.

SS1037 $1995

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