Leech & Rigdon Cavalry Officers Sword
This Leech & Ridgon Cavalry Officers Sword was stolen at the Maryland Antique Arms Show, late Friday September 29th or Saturday morning September 30th. A reward will be forthcoming to anyone providing information for the return of this Immeasurably rare Confederate Cavalry Officers Sword manufactured by Leech & Rigdon of Memphis Novelty Works, Memphis, Tennessee. On September 18th 1861, the Memphis Appeal advertised the following: Memphis Novelty Works, Thomas Leech & Company, Corner of Main and McCall Sts. Memphis, Tenn. Established primarily for the Manufacture of Army Cutlery and brass castings of all kinds. We are prepared to receive and fill orders for the following: Infantry Swords, Cavalry swords and sabres, artillery cutlasses knives, Bowie knives of every description, bayonets for shotguns and rifles. In the fall of 1861 or early in 1862, Leech was joined by Charles H. Rigdon of St. Louis, Mo. Confederate authorities anticipated the fall of Memphis, Tennessee, and set up an armory at Columbus Mississippi. In 1862 Columbus, was again threatened by the Federals with Thomas Leech choosing the relocation to Greensboro, Georgia. It is believed most sword making production ceased upon location at Greensboro and that all manufacturing was devoted to revolver manufacture. The Leech & Rigdon Cavalry Officers Sword is unarguably considered in a class of the "very rarest" of all manufactured Confederate Cavalry Officers swords. The attention to casting detail and unequaled blade etching, rank this example as a true work of art, with fewer than five examples of this pattern known to exist. $95.000.00   CS Acquisitions Museum 




















Stolen At the Maryland Antique Arms Show
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