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Item Code: 172-1404
This is an attractive example of an original and rare Model 1840 heavy cavalry saber imported by the Philadelphia firm of William Horstmann. Clearly stamped on the obverse ricasso is the maker "HORSTMANN" over "PHILA". The reverse ricasso exhibits the lone letter "W" stamped on it. Known as the "Old Wristbreaker" to the Federal troopers who carried it, this four pound, eight ounce edged weapon is an attractive piece with a 35½" curved, unsharpened blade that retains its original shiny bright luster. The only complaint leveled against the M1840 was its excessive weight when it rested in its scabbard. Among the distinctive features on these M1840 sabers are the squared back profile, tapered grips, and the brass pommel cap that makes a right angle at the turn point from bottom to top of cap.
Blade specimen exhibits a smooth and clean appearance with no pitting or oxidation whatsoever. Blade retains its original leather washer or pad in strong condition. Pommel cap, of the Phrygian helmet design, bears no decoration, no inspector's marks but does exhibit a mellow golden brown patina. The strong, wooden walnut grips are wrapped with black bridle leather and secured with 22 gauge, single twist, gilded copper or brass wire wound around the grips, nice and tight. Leather has a few light scuff marks but it remains tight and has no cracking or flaking at all. The brass sword hilt, with its brass knucklebow, quillon and two-branch guard, is strong and tight. Hilt bears a pleasing, satiny bronze patina that has some areas of bright brass peeking through. Fitted to this saber blade is its original steel scabbard in very fine condition.
Scabbard wears a dark, mottled plum-like patina mixed overall with scattered areas of dark discoloration and fine pitting. Scabbard retains its throat piece and exhibits a strong, brazed seam along the entire bottom length of the scabbard where the metal was rolled and joined. Piece exhibits a slight ½" long fissure at the drag with a single dent on each side of scabbard 4" from the drag tip. Scabbard is complete with its two suspension ring bands, rings, and steel drag. This war weapon is a very fine specimen of a Horstmann heavy cavalry saber and is a worthy specimen that would enhance any Civil War display or sword collection.