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Item Code: 172-2095
Here is a fine quality Mansfield & Lamb saber of the type issued to Federal horsemen during the American Civil War. Produced by the Forestdale, Rhode Island firm, this weapon is the Model 1860 Light Cavalry saber. Considered a lighter, more maneuverable and finely made weapon than its predecessor the M1840 Wristbreaker, the light cavalry saber weighed 3lbs, 7 oz in the scabbard.
The blade length of this weapon measures 34½", width is 1 3/32" with a wide fuller 27½" long and the narrow fuller 18¼" long. The curved blade is crisp with original shiny bright finish. A few normal age discoloration and some scattered light pitting in spots. No edge nicks visible. Marked clearly on the obverse riccasso is "U.S. / C.E.W. / 1863." The reverse ricasso bears "MANSFIELD / 7 / LAMB / FORESTDALE RI." The tight, brass hilt retains its original buff leather washer and a domed pommel cap that bears the inspector's stamped of "D.R." on the brim. Brass hilt with its two-branch guard and knucklebow is strong and tight and wears a mellow bronze patina overall. Appears cleaned at one time. Branches are symmetrical and not bent, cracked or broken.
The shallow grooved, center-swell handle grips feature the original black leather wrap covering which is in wonderful condition with no rips or tears, just a few slight scuffs. The good looking original steel scabbard has acquired a mottle-gray patina and shows some tiny dings and light dents. Ring bands are tight and secure two 1 1/8" diameter sword rings. Scabbard retains its throat collar and exhibits a brazed seam along the entire bottom length of the scabbard where the metal was folded and joined. Inspector marks of "S" are discernable on the scabbard drag that shows some wear. This is a handsome saber and would compliment any Civil War edged weapon display.