FEDERAL PERIOD BRASS-MOUNTED SABER AND SCABBARD

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Originally $1,150.00

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Item Code: 172-2875

Presented here in very good condition is a mounted infantry officer’s or cavalry officer’s saber commonly used in America during the Federal period, i.e. circa 1790-1805. Produced by an unknown maker, this saber is a high quality piece and likely produced in the US. Specimen features a cast brass hilt matched to a 26” long, slightly curved, single-edged, engraved, wide steel blade with a 7” long false edge. A 20” long narrow fuller runs from the hilt to 6½” from the point. Steel blade exhibits a fire-blued section that extends from the ricasso on both flats for 13¼” and stops abruptly. Just traces of the original fire bluing show but the motifs in floral and military décor in gold are quite visible. Unfortunately, no maker’s marks are on either ricasso. Obverse flat shows a panoply of swords and axes flanked with floral displays. Reverse side has a spreadwinged eagle with an arc above the head and reads “E PLURIBUS ENUM” in hard to read letters. Eagle is flanked with floral décor. Much of the design has been worn away from use and service. Front section of the steel blade free of any bluing or stampings. Blade back is flat. Blade does show areas of very light pitting overall.

The grips are wood carved in a spiral pattern and covered with black leather that shows some shrinkage and scuffing overall. Two strands of brass wire wrap on the handle are still tight and strong. A brass bird’s head pommel has a capstan rivet and top strap on the handle. Also has a large plain brass ferrule at the brass guard. Knucklebow similar to the reverse “P” type. Guard exhibits no decorative tooling on the knucklebow. Black leather scabbard is crudely brass mounted with a pinned brass band to the leather body. A single brass hook attached to the band for securing to a belt. Drag is split and cracked at the tip. Leather body is strong, exhibits very good stitching but is a bit dry. Does show moderate crazing and light scuffing. A good looking Federal period saber and scabbard.

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