I just received this email:
"This concerns my experiments in artificially aging a cheap replica
confederate Staff & Field Officer's sword for my own collection. I
really do think everyone interested in collecting antique edged weapons,
especially Civil War pieces, should be familiar with the methods of
forgery. Spending $100 dollars and a few hours out in the workshop might
help prevent the loss of thousands of dollars on a forged item."
Impressive lesson in how a modern copy of a sword was changed into an aged "authentic" one. A must read for all. Please click on the below link to view this vital info!