Premier Fine Art & Antiques Auction
August 29, 2023
Below is just a small portion of the massive selection of high quality art & antiques to be featured in our upcoming August 29th 2023 auction! This auction will span multiple genres of collectibles, including Fine Paintings & Art, Jewelry & Silver, Orientalia, Rare Glass & Lamps, Early & Victorian Furniture, Decoys, Carvings, Coin-Op, & MORE!
RARE CONFEDERATE JAMES CONNING ARTILLERY SABER.
Confederate copies of the US model 1840 artillery saber are few and far between.
Only two makers marked theirs, Thomas, Griswold of New Orleans, and this the latter and much rarer: “JAMES CONNING” in arc above “MOBILE” stamped deeply on ricasso. Conning also serialized this like several of their patterns. The hilt is marked on either side of knucklebow: “STATE of ALA 1862” & “77”. Original scabbard is iron mounted with soldered mounts and drag which is unique among Confederate makers to Conning.
Based on the known survivors and serials known, about 125-150 sabers are estimated made, about 10 survivors are documented.
This is among the rarest enlisted Confederate sabers known.