A truly historic sword taken from Harper's Ferry Arsenal by John Brown in his famous raid. Then it was given a Texas regiment and captured and stored at the U.S Arsenal in Mt. Vernon Alabama. The identication tag and history is from Francis Bannerman who became very wealthy buying and selling Civil War surplus arms. The tag reads as follows" 323-D Ahistoric relic of John Brown's Raid on Harpers ferry Arsenal. One of a lot of pikes and swords captured and stored at Harper's Ferry Arsenal .When John Brown and his men surrendered,later taken by the Confederates early in the cont. the War and eventually given to a Texas Regiment,from whom they were later captured and stored at the U.S Arsenal Mt. Vernon, Ala. afterwards destroyed by fire the old metal in the Arsenal ruins sent to the rolling mill at Rock Island Arsenal ,from whom we acquired them. A historical relic sword that helped precipate the great Civil War. " This historic sword exhibits exposure to fire but it's stampings are still very good.