The full length, single-edged steel blade measures 29.50 inches long by 1 wide and has a slightly rounded back. A 20.00 inch long unstopped wide fuller runs down each flat. There are no narrow fullers. Edge is good with several minor nicks. Total length of the slightly curved sword, including grips, measures 35.00 inches.
The non-etched blade itself wears a pleasing, light gray, dusky sheen overall with scattered areas of slight pinprick rusting, mostly near the point. No evidence visible of sharpening to the blade's true edge. The center-swell, wood handled grips are covered with a very strong, original brown russet leather wrap that is remarkably tight. Light flaking or leather chipping is visible. Grips are wound with seventeen turns of thin twisted brass wire which is tight.Grips feature a brass pommel cap of the Phrygian-helmet design trimmed with a cast ivy leaf pattern. Cap has hints of a crude mold seam running down its face. All brass wears a rich and mellow patina. This Confederate infantry officer's sword exhibits a brass knucklebow mated to a single-band, cast brass hilt with a slightly turned guard. Brass hilt is tight to the blade. Hilt's decorative cutout band is cast with a crude floral design that shows wear on both the interior and underside. The unadorned leather scabbard is a classic specimen, with a good body complete with its brass collar, brass suspension mounts, and brass rings. Scabbards of all the B&G swords are said to have been made by the R. Bosher Carriage Factory in Richmond, VA.
Leather surface has cracking, crazing and some flaking consistent with age and use but no breaks. Side seam remains intact overall. Each of the brass bands and mounts are in very good condition with the top mount being a little loose. Both brass mounts and the drag exhibit single lines of edge tooling. All brass furniture has acquired a mellow bronze patina.This original, Richmond-made sword of Boyle and Gamble manufacture, together with its original leather scabbard, is a wonderful, honest CS veteran of the Civil War. This sword is a beauty! It is the original Confederate officer's sword that was manufactured by the famous firm of Boyle & Gamble of Richmond, Virginia. They were one of the premier makers of edged weapons for the Confederacy. The pommel cap is present with the classic leaf pattern. This is a nice example of a Boyle and Gamble Confederate foot officer's sword complete with its original leather scabbard. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Original Period Items\Edged Weapons". The seller is "rachelemandelgallery" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.