CLASSIC CONFEDERATE CAVALRY SABER

$4,250.00

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Item Code: 648-15

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This sword has all the characteristics you look for in a Confederate cavalry saber.

The brass hilt has a nice, untouched, mellow patina and follows the U.S. pattern in general terms, but is rather crudely cast and hurriedly finished. The curve of the knucklebow is rather broad as is the brow of the pommel cap. The guard follows the U.S. pattern with knucklebow and two branches, that latter rounded in cross-section and joining the side of the counterguard. But the counterguard has a rather pointed quillon and the underside is very crudely finished, almost dished out, with a crude, irregular border. The grip is in very nice condition and also typically Confederate, wrapped with leather, but bound with a single strand of iron wire. The grip is fashioned in the U.S. 1840 style with no swell in the middle, an omission that simplified and speeded production. A leather sealing pad is in place on the underside of the counterguard.

The blade is in very good condition. The edge and point are good. It has a flat back and single broad fuller that is “unstopped,” i.e., just tapering off toward the guard instead of ending squarely at the edge of a pronounced ricasso. The blade shows as a combination of silver gray, mixed with darker gray areas, but with smooth surface and no pitting.

The scabbard is iron, showing a typically Confederate lapped seam along the bottom reverse that shows lines of solder. There is a small dent on the reverse just below the upper ring band and another about a third of the way from the drag to the lower band. The scabbard has a brown finish for the most part, but with gray exposed in places and spots of brighter gray solder. The ring bands are fairly wide brass, with patina matching the hilts, and show appropriate wear to the loops by the iron carrying rings from the weight of the saber when carried on a sword belt. Some solder shows at the edges of the bands. The throat and drag are iron. The throat is flat, in the 1840 style, and the drag has a rather straight upper edge. The scabbard tube ends rather squarely in the drag.

The pommel shows no one has ever tried to take the sword apart or tighten it. The hilt shows a slight looseness. This could be easily fixed. We have left it alone. This is a very nice example of a no-doubt-about-it Confederate cavalryman’s saber with good condition and a great look.  [sr]

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