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Item Code: 515-575
This is a seldom-seen, imported Model 1860 enlisted man's cavalry saber by maker the Henry Boker firm. The Boker firm had two locations, one in New York City which was the financial and administrative center, while the manufacturing facility was in Solingen, Prussia (Germany). The Model 1860 light saber was the only model of saber made by this company. Their products were all were quality-made pieces.
The slightly curved saber blade follows the characteristics of an Ames blade and measures 34½" long with a width of 1 1/16", and features a 27" long, wide fuller and a narrow fuller 18½" long. The blade back has a slight rounding to it and the obverse ricasso exhibits the maker address strike of "HENRY BOKER / SOLINGEN". The brass hilt is tight and retains its original buff leather washer. The domed pommel cap is unmarked. Hilt is untouched and exhibits a mellow patina and no visible inspector marks. Sword grips exhibit the readily identifiable profile of shallow grooves that give the saber grips a more flat appearance. Handle is leather covered with twisted brass wire wrapped around the handle. Grips tight at the hilt / quillon with the black bridle leather cover on the handle has been re-wrapped. Twisted brass wire around the grip is strong.
The blade's steel scabbard has acquired a light surface coating of pinprick rusting and is free of dents and dings. Appears to have been painted or coated with a light gray covering. Drag has little wear but also has a slight rusting surface. The two ring mounts are tight and hold two 1 3/16" diameter sword rings. A nice specimen, this Henry Boker imported light cavalry saber is reasonably priced and would add a highlight any Civil War edged weapon collection.