This is a very fine example of the classic Confederate staff officer’s sword made by Boyle & Gamble of Richmond, Virginia. It is a typical Boyle & Gamble staff sword with a 30½ inch blade, an etched blade with CSA on one side, and floral decorations on both sides of the blade, a brass hand guard with “CS” below a star, an assembly numeral “7” stamped front of hand guard, a one-piece wood grip that is leather wrapped and a single strand copper wire over the wrap holding it in place. There are two wear holes in the leather wrapping of the handle from actual field use. The etching on the blade is light but can be seen. The scabbard is stiffened leather with top seam and brass mounts. The throat, middle slide, and drag have a bit of play in them and move a little on the scabbard body. They are not loose but merely have some play caused by leather shrinkage. All the brass fittings on the sword and the scabbard are with the red tint that results from the high copper content found in Confederate brass. This sword was the former property of William Albaugh and then Bill Turner, and is a classic example that remains in very presentable condition.