Paperback: 326 pages
Publisher: Paladin Press (July 1, 2007)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 10.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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Great book if you are looking for information on rare engraved presentation pieces and the history of who they were presented to. If you want detailed information on the history, makers and photos of field issued combat pieces save your money.
I expected more information on identifying swords and history of the manufacturers and information on inspectors marks, quanity made, So for me ti was nice pictures but not a good reference guide....
The blurb on the back cover says this book is "....an essential reference for all collectors, researchers, historians and students". This is absolutely NOT the case! We all know publishers employ people with absolutely no knowledge of the subject to write these comments. I suspect the author may be embarrassed by those comments!The book is a basic guide at best and as other reviewers have commented it contains mainly info on identified presentation swords but little in the way of any actual info on swords themselves. For example there is only one page (p. 163) devoted to Union Light Artillery Swords and that only comprises two photos of Ames swords with brief captions. There is no text and no mention of other manufacturers, production dates, no mention of the two basic models, etc etc.Having said that the book is worth buying but don't expect it to provide much in the way of details or even general information on the various types of swords.
This book is filled with B&W photos and illustrations of swords and sabers, interspersed throughout the historical and descriptive narrative. There is no index but it is enjoyable searching for swords and seeing the photos alongside the descriptions of the various swords and sabers in use at that time.
Great Book! Great pictures and details. Works great with the Civil War Collector's Encyclopedia. We are looking forward to using them all in the field.
I used it to identify several mystery swords in my collection and for background history. I found it accurate, fascinating and well-written.
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