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Lot 650

CS Thomas Griswold Foot Officer's Sword w/ Scabbard

Estimate: $3,400 - $3,800

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Civil War Confederate Thomas, Griswold and Company, New Orleans, Louisiana Foot Officer's sword with brass scabbard. Steel blade engraved with scrolling foliate decoration throughout, obverse with flags and crossed cannons below ricasso, reverse with script lettering reading "C.S." to cartouche, brass hilt with pierced scrolling foliate guard, leaf decoration to quillion and pommel, leather grip wrapped in brass wire. Unmarked. Includes a brass scabbard with two suspension mounts molded with scrolling foliate bands and a gold tassel. Blade length: 29 1/4". Overall length with scabbard: 37 3/4". Note: Descended in the family of 14th Vice President of the United States and Confederate Brigadier General John Cabell Breckinridge, through John Breckinridge Gorham of Cherrycote, Lexington, KY.

The Collection of Michael and Peggy Mahoney, by descent from the historic homes of Clarkland Farm at Bryan's Station and Cherrycote, Lexington, Kentucky.


Overall good condtion with areas of pitting, largest 3/4" x 2 1/4", primarily to obverse side of blade. Leather mostly intact with some cracking, areas of loss, largest 3/4" x 1", to grip. Scabbard with areas of oxidate to mounts, expected dents.