M1860 CAVALRY SABER & SCABBARD BY C. ROBY, DATED 1865

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This weapon is a Model 1860 Light Cavalry saber. Considered a lighter, more maneuverable weapon than its predecessor the Model 1840 “Wristbreaker”.

A fine representative saber issued to countless Federal cavalrymen during the Late War of the Rebellion. Manufactured by the West Chelmsford, Massachusetts concern of Christopher Roby and Company, this saber was one of over 48,000 edged weapons produced for the U.S. Ordnance Department. As author and sword expert John Thillmann notes in his descriptive book, “Civil War Cavalry & Artillery Sabers”, “Christopher Roby made a fine cavalry saber and it compares in quality and workmanship with the Ames model 1860 saber which was undisputedly the finest cavalry saber made in the U.S. at that time.”

The blade length of this saber measures 35”, width is 1 3/32” with a wide fuller 27½” long and a narrow fuller 18¼” long. Blade is curved and crisp with just very light scattered gray spotting overall. Marked on the obverse ricasso is “U.S. / 1865 / A.G.M.” The reverse ricasso bears the three-line block address of “C. ROBY / W.CHELMSFORD / MASS.” The stamps are light on the left side.

The tight, brass hilt no longer retains the leather washer, and the high domed pommel cap bears an inspector’s small initials. Hilt has darkish, mellow patina. The grips feature the typical shallow groove, leather covered handle with two-strand twisted brass wire wrapped around the handle. The black leather covering is in good condition with only light wear. Twisted brass wire is tight and strong.

The fine, original steel scabbard has a fine dark gray tone with one small dent near the drag. Two ring mounts are tight and secure two 1¼” diameter sword rings. Scabbard retains its throat piece and exhibits the brazed seam along the bottom length of the scabbard where the metal was folded and joined. No inspector marks are discernable on the scabbard drag save the numeral “86”. The drag has a lightly stamped rack number.

This fine Roby saber with its very reasonable price is a great specimen that would complement any Civil War an especially an Indian Wars edged weapon display or collection.

A very nice sword and scabbard although dated 1865.  [jet] [ph:L]

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