This is probably the finest known example. It came direct to auction from the descendants of a Pennsylvania soldier who brought it home with several other artifacts and war trophies. The entire collection was sold at auction over 10 years ago, at which this sword was the highlight. It has been displayed many times in a glass case at shows in Gettysburg, Richmond, Nashville etc., never before offered for sale to the public. I stepped up to the plate to buy this as I enjoy owning, examining and selling the best items available. The best way to learn about these artifacts is to own them. In my minds eye, the best ones to own are those few examples by which all others can be judged in terms of their architecture and materials. It educates and rewards the brain that an expert cannot do with a book or explanation. In fact, I have long ago determined that most of the true experts are long gone.