BRITISH 1796 LIGHT CAVALRY SABER MADE FOR THE AMERICAN MARKET

$3,150.00
Originally $3,500.00

Quantity Available: 1

Item Code: 870-624

This steel-hilted saber is modeled on the British 1796 light cavalry saber and the style was very popular in American mounted units from before the War of 1812 right into the 1840s. This has a very clean blade with bright etching showing American motifs, a good hilt and grip, and full scabbard showing black japanning.

The hilt has a birdshead pommel and simple reverse-P knucklebow pierced for a saber knot. The grip is black leather covered with a twisted brass binding wire, both of which are tight and complete. The metal is smooth, with no pitting, and a mix of dull silver and soft brown in color. The blade pad is present, between two shield-shaped langets. The blade is bright, with very legible etching. The reverse has floral sprays and scrolls leading up to a standing figure of Liberty with her garments swirling around her, holding a liberty cap on a pole or spear, with a trophy of arms above, surmounted by more floral elements on a visibly frosted background. The obverse has a geometric latticework at the ricasso, with floral motifs above that are topped by a mounted soldier with raised a saber overhead. Over this is an American eagle with a US shield on its chest clutching arrows and olive branches, under an “E Pluribus Unum” ribbon, topped by more floral elements and lastly a group of thirteen six-pointed stars. There are a few gray spots among the upper elements of the design, but the etching is very clear and dominates one’s sense of the blade.

The scabbard is black-japanned iron. The throat, rings and drag are present. The surface is crusty, but preserves most of its blacking with just a little gray poking through here and there and one or two very small spots of brown surface rust showing through.

This is a very pretty sword with a good edge and point that is plain in overall configuration, appropriate for its adoption in the early Republic, but which has several well executed, obviously American motifs in the very visible blade etching.  [sr] [ph:L]

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