Simply spectacular condition, one of the best known examples of this type and certainly in the top 5% in terms of condition for ANY Confederate Sword, this beautifull dolphin-head is considered by many to be the most aesthetically pleasing of any Naval Sword ever created. The combination of WHITE sharkskin grip, large naval motif guard and distinctive dolphin-head pommel are striking, as are the coiled-snake mounts and drag. These wonderfull weapons, totally unique to the Confederate Navy were the result of efforts by George Tennant from the firm of Courtney & Tennant (Importers and Naval Outfitters) who went to England and contracted with Robert Mole and Sons of Birmingham, England to manufacture the famed and blockade-run Dolphins. The guard on this example retains virtually 98 - 99% of its original gold gilt on the pommel and prox. 70% on the scabbard mounts. The leather scabbard (which often is not even present!) is in very fine to excellent condition for this model, with some flaking to the finish. The blade shows all of its original etch and frosting with only the most minor specs of corrosion scattered about its face. The ricasso is boldly stamped with the C & T address and the etching is deep and clear with a wonderful Confederate 1st National Flag proudly etched among florals and Naval Motifs. Examples of the famed Dolphin Head are in the Smithsonian Institution and The Confederate Museum in Richmond. This particular example is one of the finest specimens ever offered for sale, and worthy of the finest museum or private collection. Have a question about your Confederate artifact? Click on our blue icon at the top of the page and contact us !