This saber is juts like the old one carried by General Jo Shelby, the Missouri cavalry raider who never surrendered his command. This fine sword has "C.S.A." crisply etched on the 32" long, hand forged blade. "C.S." is excellently cast into the guard with detail. The scabbard is blued steel, with brass throats, mounts, rings and drag. Overall it's 38" long. It's authentic, hand made with a flexible ornate blade and leather grip wrapped with brass wire.