This is an in-the-black, CS & Star short sword in really nice, untouched condition. The scabbard in fact, is in fine condition considering the age and heavy use that most of these weapons bore. Leather flaking is minimal and all the stitching is intact. The staining and corrosion on the blade is what one would expect having obviously been in this scabbard for many years, just waiting to come onto the market for the first time since its period of use. The crudely cast grip is untouched and has a wonderful patina, as do the mounts. A great addition to any Civil War collection.