BEAUTIFUL US MODEL 1860 CAVALRY OFFICER’S SWORD BY TOMES & DAGGETT

$3,550.00
Originally $3,950.00

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Item Code: 870-179

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The drawn saber meas. approx. 41.00 inches from point to pommel. The blade meas. approx. 35.00 inches with a central fuller that is 26.50 inches long. The surface of the blade is very clean and bright. There is very little mottling visible and the edge is free of nicks. The blade has wonderfully strong detailed etching. The obverse ricasso is blank. This side of the blade is strongly etched with a palm branch supporting a patriotic shield and two US flags draped on poles. Above this is a large stylized “US” topped by scrollwork, a drum and a panoply of arms. The reverse side has a stamped letter “T” on the base of the ricasso and is strongly etched with “H. N. DAGGETT” within a scrolled riband followed by a wonderfully large spread-winged eagle flanked on each side by two national flags and a plain banner within a scroll worked frame and above this is an “E PLURIBUS UNUM” riband decorated with scrolls.

The “T” mark on the reverse ricasso is for a New York City importer named Francis Tomes who was in business from 1819 to 1879. During the Civil War the firm imported weapons from Europe, mostly Britain. The H. N. Daggett mentioned on the blade had a contract with the state of Massachusetts in 1862 for a small quantity of musician’s swords as well as repair of swords and the manufacture of some scabbards. The company is not well known and probably did the etching on the blade.

The hilt has a very nice dark brown leather covered grip with twisted brass wire wrap arranged in three rows, two parallel lines of plane wire with a row of twisted wire at center. The leather shows very little wear and the wire wrap is 100% intact. The brass pommel cap, knuckle bow and counterguard have a bright gilt finish. The knuckle bow and two branches have engraved scroll decoration as does the guard edge and face. The pommel is also outlined with a scroll decoration.

Metal scabbard is complete with throat and both mounts and rings. The surface of the scabbard is bright though it does show some hints of having been blued at one time. There are some tiny scattered spots of oxidation but no dents. There are some small areas of light mottling. Drag is excellent and shows no wear.

A wonderful example of a cavalry officer’s saber.  [ad] [ph:L]

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