May 16, 2020 09:00 AM EDT Asheville, North Carolina


College Hill Confederate Staff Officer's Sword

Nashville, Tennessee, 30-3/4 in. blade, finely etched "CSA" engraved on a frosty blade with flag and ornate flourishes, curved brass hilt, leather grip with twisted wire; leather scabbard with brass mounts; includes sell sheet from Gary Hendershott, communication with Lt. Col. Dyer descendant, personal information on Lt. Col. Dyer and the Tennessee 13th Regiment

Note: This sword has changed hands on at least one occasion as the personal sword of Lt. Col. B.L. Dyer. Based on the photographs in Daniel Hartzler's book, Confederate Presentation & Inscribed Swords & Revolvers (page 282), Brunk Auctions has decided not to make a direct attribution to Dyer as there are subtle visual variances between the sword being offered here and the sword illustrated in the book.

This sword would make a nice addition in an advanced collector's holdings as a representative Officer's sword from the short-lived College Hill foundry.
That foundry was located in Nashville, Tennessee, and was under the close supervision of L.T. Cunningham. When Nashville fell to Union forces in April of 1862, the manufacture of bladed weaponry was permanently halted.

Provenance:Sold by Gary Hendershott (as Lt. Col. B.L. Dyer's personal sword), Sale 154, Lot# 1502 for $45,000; Property From a Franklin, Tennessee Historic Home


overall excellent condition, light scratches and dark areas to blade; scabbard with some splits to leather and areas of weakness

Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium

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