Confederate Foot Officer’s Sword, Likely by Leech & Rigdon


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Leech & Rigdon, also known as Memphis Novelty Works, made some of the best arms in
the Confederacy. Since Memphis fell early in the war (May, 1862), in anticipation, the
manufacturing moved to Columbus, Mississippi. By late 1862 Columbus was also
threatened, so the firm moved to Greensboro, Georgia, at which time it is believed sword
production halted, in favor of producing revolvers. Therefore, all Leech and Rigdon
swords were produced relatively early in the war. This example is a fairly accurate copy of
the US M1850 Foot Officer’s Sword, with cast brass guard, featuring pierced foliage and
laurel leaves on the capstan pommel, with the ovoid rosette on top which is common to
swords by Leech & Rigdon. Differences from the US model are the addition of leaves
radiating from the blade seat, tobacco leaves on the top of the guard, the lack of gilding,
and no leather on the wood grip (twisted brass wire only). Unmarked slightly curved 32″
blade with long unstopped single fuller, showing some forging flaws as typical of CS
manufacture. Untouched condition with mellow patina on brass and scattered age
staining and light pitting on blade. Uncleaned and never been apart, with original double
leather blade washers. Overall length 37 1/4″. No scabbard.