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Cavalry Officer's Saber Identified to C.S. Bailey 2nd Louisiana Cavalry
Item #: FD761
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This is a most unusual grouping with beautifully engraved import cavalry officer’s saber inscribed on knuckle bow "C.S. BAILEY / 2ND LOUISIANA CAVALRY”. Grouping came with a once framed image showing Confederate flags and a 1904 UCV cavalry reunion badge mounted with 2 Confederate flags and fine New Orleans CDV of Bailey in uniform apparently holding this exact sword signed on verso "C.S. Bailey / CAPT 2ND LA CAVALRY”. Clarence S. Bailey was in the 2nd Louisiana Cavalry U.S. Army and why he visited a UCV reunion in Nashville is unknown. Regardless this is a fine "as found” sword imported by Horstmann with large etched panels of generic panoply of arms, shark skin grip and metal scabbard. Clarence S. Bailey originally enlisted 9-30-1861 as a corporal in the 3rd Massachusetts cavalry and was commissioned in the 2nd Louisiana cavalry 10-8-1863 as lieutenant and later promoted to captain 5-12-1864. Both units Bailey served had extended service in Louisiana including service at Port Hudson and other actions around New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Copies of service and pension records accompany this lot. PROVENANCE: The Confederate and Civil War estate collection of Fred Donaldson. CONDITION: Very good overall. 32″ blade is gray overall with crisp discernible 16″ panels. Shark skin grip is complete though worn through at high areas. Scabbard is dark with iron patina with several dents. Sword retains its protective washer. The displayed ephemera is good to very good. Silk ribbon on the 1904 pin is broken in several areas. The 2 silk flags are frayed and glued to board. CDV was once glued to board and has matching glue stains, overall very good with good contrast, detail and good signature.

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