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    Civil War Officer's Saber

    Appraised Value:

    $1,500 - $2,000 (2013)

    Appraised on: July 14, 2012

    Appraised in: Rapid City, South Dakota

    Appraised by: Rafael Eledge

    Category: Arms & Militaria

    Episode Info: Rapid City (#1714)

    Originally Aired: April 29, 2013

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    Form: Saber, Sword
    Material: Metal, Animal hide
    Period / Style: 19th Century, Civil War
    Value Range: $1,500 - $2,000 (2013)

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    Appraisal Video: (1:00)


    Appraised By:

    Rafael Eledge
    Arms & Militaria
    Shiloh Civil War Relics

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: I brought this sword that my husband got from his father.

    APPRAISER: And what do you know about it?

    GUEST: Absolutely nothing.

    APPRAISER: Well, this is a Civil War cavalry officer sword. Here at Roadshow, we see a lot of cavalry sabers. This one is the officer's version, which is a lot better. We have the ornate etched blade. It has the eagle with the "e pluribus unum" motto on it. On the guard, it's sand-cast with ornate floral work on there. The grip is shark skin. All of these things take it to that higher level of being an officer's, instead of the enlisted man. Have you ever had the sword appraised?

    GUEST: Nope.

    APPRAISER: The regular swords like we see are $400 to $500 for the enlisted man's version of this. This one is the officer's, and it's worth multiples of that. It's worth $1,500 to $2,000 on today's market in a retail situation.

    GUEST: Oh, good. I'm glad to hear that.

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