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    Scarce Confederate Artillery Short Sword by Boyle, Gamble, & McFee

    Scarce Confederate Artillery Short Sword by Boyle, Gamble, & McFee

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    The firm of Boyle (Edward), Gamble (Thomas) & McFee (Edward) was located on 6th Street
    in Richmond, Virginia, just one block from the Richmond Armory.  They made a wide range
    of edged weapons for the Confederacy.  The foot artillery short sword is completely
    unmarked and was unidentified as to maker until a marked example was recently found
    which proved they were the work of this Richmond firm.  Like most foot artillery short
    swords of the period it was fashioned after the French model which was a modern
    recreation of the ancient Roman gladius.  When adopted by the French, these were
    originally intended to kill or maim charging cavalry horses, but such use during the Civil
    War was rarely practical so these stout weapons were largely used to clear brush and help
    with setting up the artillery batteries.  It features a somewhat crude one-piece cast hilt of
    high copper content brass with flat cross guard and integral grip with 19 ribs.  The 18 7/8"
    double-edged blade of gladius form features a single unstopped 9" central fuller on each
    side.  Blade is uncleaned with rust patination; heavier encrustation and edge nicks toward
    the rounded point.  Brass hilt is tight with undisturbed peen and rich patina.  Overall length
    24 1/4".  It lacks its leather scabbard, which rarely survives.

    Code
    SB1788
    Period
    19th Century
    Nationality
    American

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