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May 12, 13 & 14, 2023
FINE ICONIC & VERY RARE DUFILHO CONFEDERATE STAFF OFFICER’S SWORD WITH “PELICAN FEEDING YOUNG”.
30.5” unstopped fullered blade, maker marked stamped “DUFILHO / NEW ORLEANS”.
This is among the most beautiful of all Confederate officer swords. Large guard with relief cast Louisiana State Seal (Pelican feeding young) in laurel wreath & large “CS”. This sword is a fine “attic condition” survivor with original scabbard with scalloped mounts and rococo decorated ring bands. Alexandre H. Dufilho was prewar cutler making surgical instruments and bowie knives. He continued his trade postwar up to 1867 still listed as cutler at his wartime address 21 Royal Street, no doubt among best Confederate sword makers.
PROVENANCE: Cullen Smith estate collection