30" blade with etched panels of military motifs. Stamped into the sword blade on one of the panels in two lines Dufilho, New Orleans, On the right side of the blade in one of the etched panels is the name Col Jos Solomon, on the reverse is C.S. in a rectangular panel. Brass knuckle bow with brass pommel. Ivory handle with gilt brass wire wrapping. Nickel metal scabbard with brass bands and drag. A gold inscription plate with the inscription: Presented to Col Jos Solomon By The Officers Of the 4th Regiment 2d Brigade L.M.I.
A newspaper article detailing the presentation: A very pleasant affair came of on Wednesday night in the third district, being the presentation of a sword to Col. Solomon, commanding the Fourth Militia. Regiment of Gen Labuzan's brigade by the officers of the regiment. Captain R.H. Bowes, who was selected to make the presentation. Did so in the following next speech: "In behalf of the Officers of your regiment, I present to you this sword. It is intended as no Holiday gift, but for active service to defend our homes and our firesides. We shall follow you, sir, and this bright blade lead, in your hands whenever and where ever you may lead, and we know that under your leadership we shall be in the face of the foe. We shall go with you to fight as brave men should fight for all that is dear to them. (From a New Orleans newspaper announcement in the February 28,1862 issue of the Daily True Delta.)
Unfortunately, records of men serving in state militias during the Civil War are difficult to access, if they still exist in their respective state archives. Colonel Joseph Solomon does appear in a basic record for the 4th Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, Louisiana Militia Infantry, but no additional details were found. It is assumed that most New Orleans-based militia ceased to operate following the capture of their city in late April 1862 by Farragut's task force.
Blade has a dull grey look with some light staining. Etched panels are clear. Brass still retains some of the gilt finish. Ivory handle is excellent retaining all of the original gilt wire. Also still retains a gold bullion knot. Nickel scabbard with some dents. Brass is excellent with nice patina. Drag has a worn flat. Overall a great example of a presentation Confederate officer's sword.