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Object Name SWORD
Catalog Number 0985.03.00062
Date ca. 1861
Description Regulation Confederate Naval Officer's sword; single edged, slightly curved blade with single stopped fuller, stamped on reverse ricasso "Courtney & Tennent / Charleston, SC", back of blade near ricasso stamped "MOLE", etched with floral sprays, crossed cannon, fouled anchor, and stylized Confederate national flag, gilded brass hilt cast with cotton and tobacco plant sprays, crossed cannon and fouled anchor within oval; shagreen wrapped grip wound with three gilt wires, stylized dolphin head pommel and scaled backstrap; "I.S.B." painted in white on the hinged counter guard. Leather scabbard (.62a), gilded brass mounts with knotted rope design.
Dimensions W-1 L-36 inches
Owned Irvine S. Bulloch
Owner Regiment Shenandoah Station
CSS Nashville
CSS Nansemond (James River Squadron)
CSS Alabama
CSS Shenandoah
Made Robert Mole and Sons (maker) Courtney and Tennant (retailer)
Provenance The sword and scabbard, made by Robert Mole & Sons, was imported by Courtney & Tennant of Charleston, South Carolina. It belonged to 1st Lt. Irvine Stephens Bulloch, who was sailing master of the CSS Alabama and CSS Shenandoah.
People Bulloch, Irvine Stephens
Search Terms Confederate States Navy
Battle of Cherbourg
Surrender at Liverpool, England, November 1865
Subjects navies
edged weapon