M1860 CAVALRY SABER BY D.J. MILLARD, DATED 1862 – SCABBARD WITH SOUTH CAROLINA MARKS

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Produced under the smallest government contract for sabers (10,000) by the D. J. Millard Company’s manufacturing center in Clayville, New York, this early production weapon is a M-1860 Light Cavalry saber. Considered a lighter, more maneuverable weapon than its predecessor the M-1840 “Wristbreaker,” the light cavalry saber weighed about 3 ½ pounds in the scabbard.

The blade length measures 35”, width is just over an inch wide with a wide fuller 27” long and the narrow fuller 18” long. Marked on the reverse ricasso is the maker’s address “D. J. MILLARD / CLAYVILLE N.Y.”  Obverse ricasso shows government stampings of “US / C.E.W. (inspector Charles E. Wilson) / 1862”. The strong curved blade is semi-bright with scattered darker patches. There is one small edge nick visible.

Brass domed pommel cap is tight and its brim exhibits government inspector’s marks “C.E.W.” in two locations. Brass hilt wears a pleasing patina overall and is tight to the handle; stamped “60” on main branch. Still has its original leather washer. The grooved, center-swell grip features leather wrap in good original condition with only minor wear. Brass wire wrap is original and still very tight.

Steel scabbard is in good condition with one noticeable dent on one side about mid scabbard. Scabbard has acquired a handsome dark patina. Throat has a small “K” sub-inspection stamp. The two rings measure 1.25” in diameter. Drag is stamped “56” on one side and “28” on the other. Smaller stampings are “4 / S.C.” and are believed to represent South Carolina use.  [jet] [ph:L]

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