IRON-MOUNTED M1812 SWORD BY NATHAN STARR

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Item Code: 819-82

The leading sword maker in America from 1798 to 1830 was Connecticut’s own Nathan Starr of Middletown and his firm produced the military edged weapon presented here. This hefty cavalry saber is a no-nonsense enlisted man’s edged weapon and one of over 10,000 such pieces made under the Starr contract of 1812-1813.

Saber follows a modified design criterion specified on January 11, 1813 that incorporated a sharper curve to the blade, a pronounced angle to the hilt and a wider opening between grips and knucklebow. Saber specimen features a hefty iron hilt matched to a 33 ½” long, curved, single-edged, and a non-fullered steel blade with a pronounced clipped point. The robust blade measures almost 2” wide with a ¼” thick back and has no etchings or engravings save the maker’s stamp on the obverse ricasso. Stamping reads “P (proved) / HHP / N.STARR” in sharp, crisp marks. Blade, still sharp and strong, exhibits a nice dark gray patina.

Knucklebow is pierced near the pommel for a sword knot. Grips are wood, ribbed and shaped to fit the hand and wear a black leather wrap that is original showing only minor wear and crazing.  Retains original leather washer. Original black paint still covers much of the handle and knucklebow.

This American-made, iron-hilted, enlisted horseman’s saber is a fine specimen of early Americana edged weaponry and a great collectible.  [jet]

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