This is hands-down, the best Haiman I've ever seen and I've owned it for about 6 years since it walked into the Mansfield, Ohio civil War Show. It is nearly flat mint, showing all of its original burgundy paint on the scabbard, a near perfect oil-cloth grip and an excellent blade. It is as perfect as you will ever find. It is field-inscribed very tastefully on top of the pommel cap; Jos. Karr, 3 O. V. C., 1864, the only one I have ever seen that has a dead-nuts real inscription of any kind. Although the 3rd Ohio Cavalry had a great history, Karr was not in the field until October of 1864. He most certainly captured this weapon in the deep South late in the war, soon after its issue. I believe it to be the best that may ever be found, especially with capture history. Some research may uncover exactly where, when and (if one is lucky) who it came from. Stranger things have happened. In any case, I have seen swords ALMOST as good garner $6500 - 7500.00 without any ID. This one is special and for the very best, top-notch Confederate Collector.