ROBY MADE US CAVALRY OFFICER’S SABER

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Roby made a several versions of the 1860 cavalry officer’s saber and seems to have been willing to take on many custom orders as well. In fact, the blade etching seems to have been individually produced across the board rather than from stencils and his sabers have always been well regarded. This is a nice example of the Roby “Type 1” in Thillmann’s terminology, featuring a plain, un-engraved, hilt, “U.S.C.” blade etching, and plain brass scabbard mounts.

The brass hilt is very good with little or no gilding, but a nice even, mellow patina to the brass and with the blade pad intact under the counterguard. The sharkskin grip wrap is complete, with good rich color and little wear. The dragoon-style wire binding with two narrow strands bordering a twisted center strand is complete and tight.

The blade etching is very legible on both sides, beginning with short geometric and floral panels just above the ricasso, and showing largely as subdued silver on a light gray ground. On the obverse a drum appears over the short first panel, and behind it rises a flag on a spear topped pole flanked by long vines on either side. Above that, grapevines, branches and flowers lead to an eagle with raised wings clutching arrows and olive branch with a US shield on its breast and thirteen stars overhead. A small trophy of arms surmounts that with a large banner and flag cords floating from a staff with a three-point spearhead finial. Scrolling grapevines and flowers finish off the panel, which has a lobed end.

On the reverse, “C. Roby & Co. / W. Chelmsford / Mass.” is etched over the short lower panel above the ricasso. Entwined flowers and vines lead from there to the initials in Old English “U.S.C.” (reading toward the hilt) for “U.S. Cavalry.” A spear with narrow banner and small US shield flanked by vertical vines points up to a final stretch of grapevine scrolls that finish off the panel, which, like that on the obverse terminates with rounded lobes.

The blade edge and point are very good. The metal is uniformly smooth and shows a mix of bright and gray with just a few dark spots above the etched panels. The steel scabbard is very good, showing no rust or dents, all of its original blue, now turned slightly purplish plum brown, and plain brass mounts with a matching mellow brass patina, showing just the slight scallop edge to the throat and typical Roby shoe style drag.

This is a very good example of Roby’s work that would complement a US cavalry collection, edged weapons display, or officer’s grouping.  [sr]

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