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Item Code: 173-69
This war dated Mansfield & Lamb saber specimen is of the type issued to Federal horsemen during the last year of the American Civil War. Manufactured by partners Henry Mansfield and Estus Lamb in the village of Forestdale, Rhode Island, this saber was one of 37,500 edged weapons produced for the U.S. Ordnance Department by the firm during the war.
The slightly curved saber blade measures 35” long, has a width of 1 1/16”, a 27” long, wide fuller and a narrow fuller 18½” long. Blade features a semi-bright finish overall and is free of any major blemishes. Obverse riccasso is sharply marked with “U.S. / C.E.W. / 1864” (CEW-Charles E. Wilson, inspector) while the reverse ricasso bears “MANSFIELD / & LAMB / FORESTDALE R.I.” with the markings all contained in a large oval.
Brass hilt, tight and strong, retains its original buff leather washer and a high domed pommel cap stamped on the flat of the brim with the government inspector mark of “C.E.W.” Also on the pommel is a 1” high, hand-scratched letter “R” on the pommel tang. Brass hilt exhibits a pleasing mellow patina. Sword grips exhibit the typical shallow groove, leather covered center-swelled handle with double-strand, twisted brass wire wrapped around the handle. The original, black bridle leather wrap covers the handle and is in strong condition with just light scuffing and crazing. Twisted brass wire is strong and just slightly loose.
The blade’s steel scabbard has acquired a ‘salt and pepper’ light gray patina and has just a few dents and dings. The two ring mounts are tight and hold two 1¼” diameter sword rings. A brazed seam is exhibited along the entire bottom length of the scabbard where the metal was folded and joined. No inspector marks visible on the drag. A handsome specimen, this Mansfield & Lamb light cavalry saber would make a nice addition to any Civil War edged weapon collection.