RELIC US MODEL 1860 CAVALRY SABER BRASS HILT - BILL GAVIN COLLECTION

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Item Code: 601-374

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This specimen, in relic condition, is an original brass hilt from a Model 1860 Light Cavalry Saber recovered at Halltown, WV by Bill Gavin. Excavated brass hilt is strong and exhibits asymmetrical features.  Brass guard is intact with knucklebow, quillon, the two-branches and wears a excavated bronze patina overall with oxidation.   Both branches and knuckle bow are distorted and bent but no cracks are visible. Mr. Gavin recovered this artifact in Halltown at the Judge Lucas Kion Hall outside of Harpers Ferry.

This item is from the collection of the late William G. "Bill" Gavin (1924 - 2010) was one of the nation's most prominent and esteemed Civil War relic collectors. Following graduation from West Point [Class of 1946], Gavin became a pioneer in applying WWII mine-detector technology to relic hunting. Along the way, he became an avid historian whose collection, with its origins dating back to the 1930's, was enhanced by his acute knowledge of battlefield troop movements. His service to his country included six years in the U.S. Army, followed by a seven year period in which he was a member of the U.S. Army (Ready) Reserve.

Mr. Gavin shared his Civil War knowledge via the publication of four books and several magazine articles. In 1963 he authored one of the earliest books on relic buckles (Accoutrement Plates North and South, 1861-65), and in the 1970s established the Rectory Museum in Harper's Ferry, while becoming owner of The Cliffside Inn. He was also the owner of Happy Retreat, the 18th century home of Charles Washington, youngest brother of George Washington, located in Charles Town, WV. The Horse Soldier joins the national Civil War community in mourning Bill Gavin's passing, and is proud to be able to offer items from his exceptional collection.

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