This is an extremely rare Confederate made Artillery Short Sword (sometimes called a Confederate Foot Artillery Sword). What makes this one unique is the original casting of the initials "JDA" onto one side of the pommel. Historians believe that this stands for "Jeff Davis Artillery", and that is why these are often referred to (but seldom seen) "Jeff Davis Artillery Swords". It is not known for certain where they were made nor what unit(s) may have used them, but they scream "Johnny Reb" from one end to the other. These are usually found in very poor condition and this example is probably better than average. It shows some pitting and a multitude of casting flaws on each side of the blade. The flaws are definitely Confederate earmarks as is the beautifully patinaed hilt, which shows an extremely high copper alloy content. I have had a couple inquiries about these over the years, so if you were one of the calls, come and get your sword. If you have one of these you wish to part with, let me know as we are always buying good Confederate Swords.