SCHNITZLER AND KIRSCHBAUM MODEL 1840 ARTILLERY SABER WITH SCABBARD

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Item Code: 388-33

This fine saber is an imported, high-quality blade produced by the Schnitzler and Kirschbaum firm of Solingen, Germany. The saber is one of an unknown number purchased by the U. S. Ordnance Department in its Second contract of 1847.

The very fine, steel, single-edged blade is curved with a flat, wide back. The sidearm measures a total of 37” long with a 32½” long blade; an integral wide stopped fuller 25½” long and no narrow fuller. Weighing 3lbs. including the steel scabbard, the well-balanced blade is considered the Type 1 with the recessed guard to accept the raw throat of the metal scabbard. Has no blade washer in the guard recess. Blade back maker markings show “small crown / FW / 48 / small crown / G” in clear, sharp stampings. Both ricassos are blank. The hefty steel blade exhibits a pleasing, shiny-bright factory finish overall. Has just few tiny points of light pitting on the blade. Hard to see. No evidence of sharpening along the blade edge. No edge nicks.

The typical Model 1840 artillery type hilt is a brass single guard / knucklebow that retains a rich, bronze untouched patina. Grips are excellent and feature a wooden core handle wound with cording then wrapped with original black bridal leather. Twisted brass wire on the grips is very tight and strong. Leather wrap exhibits few areas of slight scuffing and wear, else very good. Saber has a brass pommel cap in the Phrygian design with a brim that exhibits no inspector marks. Knucklebow has the markings “small crown / G.”

The high-quality, heavy iron scabbard is undented and has acquired a mottled plum-gray patina overall. Both sword mounts are tight and retain the original suspension rings. Drag shows maker’s marks “small crown / G / 48” in addition to “S & K” (Schnitzler & Kirschbaum). These Second contract sabers are quite desirable and saw much hard service in America’s war with Mexico and later in the Civil War. A fine saber with good looks to compliment any collection at a most reasonable price.

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