The Pelican feeding its young has been on the State seal of Louisiana from the time it was admitted into the Union in 1812, the 18th state. During the Civil War, the Confederate seal had the pelican's head turned to it's left, with a nest full of young. Louisiana was the sixth state to adopt an Ordinance of Secession, at a Convention held in Baton Rouge on January 26, 1861. This exceptionally rare Louisiana Staff Officers sword was constructed with a massive guard measuring 4.4 inches. It has six branches off the guard that quickly form into three branches, creating the knuckle bow. The pommel is two-piece seamed, cast with eleven stars representing the eleven Confederate states. The guard is exceptional, with a circle type frame encasing the Louisiana Pelican state seal, with two joined semi-circles, displaying the letters CS. The fixed counter guard boasts a branch with leaves and berry designs, with the entirety of metal surfaces covered in heavy gold gilt. The blade is profusely engraved in "hand cut" scroll designs, running 22.5 inches down both sides for the blade. The scabbard is top seamed leather with gilt brass mounts. An exceptionally rare extant example, which survives as "one" of only"two" known examples. Ex: William A. Albaugh and Kevin Hoffman Collection. $125,000.00 CS Acquisitions Museum.