Premier Firearms Auction
May 12, 13, 14, & 15, 2023
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.