The Civil War Relicman,
Harry Ridgeway

Winchester, Virginia, USA.
Civil War (pre 1898) weapons.

Ridgeway Reference Archive, Civil War weapons.
Confederate saber, Boyle & Gamble.

This is the "Ridgeway Reference Archive", a research tool for educational purposes only, and is provided at no cost to the reader.   Some of the relics listed are retained in the author's collection, most reside in other collections and are not owned by the author.  None of the items listed in this section are for sale, please refer to sales listings for items offered for sale.  This is a work in progress, I list items as I get to them, there are many patterns that are not listed yet, this list will be regularly updated as I get pictures and descriptions for more items.  I will also correct mistakes, so if you see any please tell me.  All  items listed are believed to be authentic to the Civil War or as otherwise described.   Any excavated relics have been recovered from private property with owners permission.    This information is available for research purposes, pictures may be used by permission only.

All weapons listed on this webpage are strictly manufactured before 1898, and are considered unsafe for actual use.  These are antique collectible weapons of the Civil War (most are pre 1865, unless I state otherwise) and actual firing of these weapons is not recommended for any purpose whatsoever!  Because these are all "pre 1898" weapons, no licenses are required for ownership, but common sense and good judgment should be applied.

Confederate cavalry saber, Boyle & Gamble.
The Confederates liberally followed the Model 1840 "wrist-breaker" designs, using features such as the handle with with slight curve, and hilt with three branches, otherwise there is much variation.  This pattern, is tentatively attributed to Boyle & Gamble, Richmond Virginia, based on the crude cast recess on the guard, however it is not marked with the maker name.  Pommel has contours similar to the Federal pattern.  Handle has single curve, and is oil cloth covered with a single strand of copper wire which is not twisted. Blade has no fullers. The grip has cloth wrap intact, wire is loose, blade is clean with pleasing patina and minor pitting, scabbard is missing, inexpensive example of Confederate manufactured saber.   Blade length 34in.  
Ref: Albright Confederate Swords pg. 24
, (tentatively).

W1112     Confederate cavalry saber, Boyle & Gamble.
Blade length 34 inches.