CAVALRY OFFICER’S SABRE IDENTIFIED TO CAPTAIN MARCUS A. MOORE, 1ST MASSACHUSETTS CAVALRY

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Item Code: 870-159

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Manufactured: Newark, NJ

Maker: Sauerbier, Henry

Year: Early Civil War

Model: Model 1840 transitional with 1860 style grip

Size: 34.2 inch blade, 1.17 wide, .353 thick

This sword has all true Type 1 features with the exception of the Model 1860 style grip of thinner design with the center swell. It is leather covered with twisted wire wrap. The guard decoration is cast and chased on both inside and out on the branches in a leaf design.  The quillon is cast and chased with oak leaves and acorns. The top of the knucklebow is cast and chased in the same way on 3 sides, the top with oak leaves. There is a wide decorated band around the base of the pommel. Inscribed on the back of the pommel is “Capt. M. A. Moore”. The pommel is fastened by a sunken spanner nut. The blade has the Knights head of Kirschbaum from Solingen. The etching consists of a stand of arms, American Eagle with E. Pluribus Unum and another stand of Arms. The reverse is similar with a U.S. replacing the eagle and a Fasces instead of the last stand of arms.

The scabbard throat has a leaf design, the wide brass mounts have a leaf / geometric design with leaf decorated ring bands. The scabbard has the acid etched scroll design from the middle mount down. An American Eagle is etched between the mounts and an ID is engraved below the throat: “Capt. Marcus A. Moore / 1st Reg. Mass Cav.”, and surrounded with delicate floral work.  The cast shoe drag has oak leaf design.

Dr. Marcus Aurelius Moore was born in Boston in November 1824 to Charles W. and Charlotte Moore. He attended West Point until poor health caused him to withdraw. After recovering he graduated from Harvard Medical School. On 9/17/61 he enlisted as a Captain; on 10/31/61 he mustered into Co. M, 1st Massachusetts Cavalry.  He was discharged on 1/5/63, apparently due to illness, possibly malaria. Moore died at the young age of 39 on 3/30/64 in Waltham, MA; he is buried in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA.  Massachusetts death records indicate, however, that the cause of his death was diabetes.

Moore was a member the Freemasons as was his father, Charles, who published a memorial to his son in an 1865 issue of The Freemasons’ Monthly magazine:  “To the memory of my beloved son Marcus A. Moore, M.D., who died of disease contracted in the Service of his Country, as Captain in the First Massachusetts Cavalry, March 30, 1864: This volume of the Freemasons’ Magazine is affectionately dedicated.”

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