RARE MODEL 1813 STARR CAVALRY OFFICER’S SABER

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Item Code: 870-182

Manufactured: Connecticut

Maker: Nathan Starr

Year: 1813-1814

Model: Cavalry Officer Saber

Size: 34.75

Harold Peterson, in his treatise on American swords, "The American Sword," states, "Between August 3 and November 26, 1814, Nathan Starr delivered thirty-one silver plated officers' sabers to the Commissary General of Purchases. These swords were made at the behest of officers who wanted sabers of the same general pattern as their men but of a better quality...  In all respects except the silver plating, the checkering of the grips and the decorative bands on the scabbard, it resembles exactly the regular issue saber made by Starr under contracts of 1812 and 1813. Since these swords were white mounted, they would also have been appropriate for field officers of infantry. The heavy curved blade is single-edged with a clipped point and a false edge that extends back about six inches. Obverse blade has N STARR and "P" on flat of the back. The grips are wood highly finished and checkered with a small pinwheel (Star) figure incised in the center of each lozenge formed by the checkering. All the metal parts of the hilt are made of iron covered with a plating of silver. These consist of a ferrule at the base of the grips; a backstrap which surmounts the grips and expands to form a cover for the rounded pommel; a knuckle-bow of the reverse P form which is pierced near the pommel for a sword knot; and a quillon which terminates above the blade in a disc. The tang of the blade is secured at the pommel by a small round nut".

The iron scabbard has silver plated mounts and throat. Mounts are in the "Wall of Troy" motif.  One of the rarest officer sabers known to exist.

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