Premier Firearms Auction
May 12, 13 & 14, 2023
RARE CONFEDERATE LOUIS HAIMAN COLUMBUS GEORGIA ARTILLERY SABER.
This exact sword is pictured in Bill Albaugh’s 1963 Photographic Supplement of Confederate Swords, page 198.
There has always been conjecture as to who made these sabers. Opinions of makers include Boyle & Gamble, Louis Froelich, and Nashville Plow Works. I am fairly certain based on receipts from Louis Haiman & Brother Columbus Sword manufactory showing several hundred artillery sabers made and paid early and late war that Haiman is the maker. Other reasons are manufacturing characteristics of his known sabers: lead soldered lap seamed scabbards, lead soldered iron drags, single iron wire grip wrap, heavy brass mounts, offset peening, forging flaw “fault” prominent near ricasso showing blacksmith weld of iron tang to steel blade. Some of these observations can be made about the other often cited makers, but not all that are all characteristic of Louis Haiman and no quantities of purchases are known from any other maker.
This saber has long collection history dating back to pioneer Confederate sword collector Bill Bond, Vernon TX, 1950s.