Purchased in Abbeville South Carolina about 1970. US 1860 cavalry saber type, with maker’s name or mark, if any, obscured by rust. 34 ½” broad fullered blade plus the tang. True “corn crib” or barn find. After the war, the South was basically disarmed. Many swords were made into corn knives or other agricultural tools. Others weapons were secreted away as the concept that the South would rise again was ingrained in Southern culture. This sword was disassembled to prevent confiscation. Surely it served the South and was therefore Confederate, whether an import or captured US issue. Its owner’s intent is unknown, but it is part of the post war effort to retain precious arms which, in our own experience included discovery of a group of Springfield muskets under the floor of a store in Edgefield South Carolina.