Confederate Swords by William Glaze are of the most popular of Confederate Cavalry Sabers. These were originally made under under contract for the State of South Carolina about 1852 and issued to militia. They were then used throughout the conflict by Confederate Cavalry from South Carolina. The ricasso is marked with the correct Columbia, SC mark with a script style "a". This sword has a wonderful grip with 100% original leather and the original wire. The wire and guard have a super looking deep rich patina, very dark and uniform. The scabbard is dent-free and the blade fine with slight acion marks to its edge. William Glaze was an agent for the Ames company until 1851, when he started the Palmetto armory in the State of South Carolina. He produced 2000 of these M1840 cavalry sabers and 526 light artillery sabers in 1852.