From the September 14, 2016, Roanoke Times "rare Confederate naval sword, donated to Goodwill, on the auction block" by Matt Chittum.
This sword could bring thousands of dollars for the organization. Farmer Auctions in Salem expect it to go for between $8,000 to $12,000 at auction on Thursday.
As of Wednesday there was an online bid of $7,000.
The sword was found in a donation of goods and there are only twenty of these naval swords known to be in existence today. Appraisers are convinced of its authenticity.