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Title Light cavalry sabre, model 1860
Nationality American
Period 1864
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This is the classic Civil War/Plains Indian War sabre, modelled on but considerably lighter than the 1840 sabre of Mexican War fame. It is made by C. Roby of Chelmsford, Massachusets, and is stamped thus on one side of the forte, while on the other it is stamped 'U.S. // 1864 // A.G.M[.]'.

Roby made some 32,000 and Ames some 200,000 out of a total production of 300,000.

The blade (34.5" long) is in excellent shape. The scabbard has minor patination overall, mostly now polished out, with some deeper scarring on the reverse between the carrying rings. There is a small crack to the scabbard at the leading edge. There is a little serpentine distortion to the central knuckle bow, otherwise the brass work is magnificent. The leather grip must be one of the nicest I've seen in 40 years trading!

NB: Unlike modern copies, the scabbard has a brazing seam throughout its length.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Edged Weapons : Swords : American : 19th Century]


Sword arrived today. Fabulous. This is an excellent example of a fighting sword of its period, and a real gem. The 1828 Pattern is such a gorgeous sword, and this is a fine example. Even my bride is impressed and she doesn’t really get swords.

G F, New Zealand, 06.11.2013

The medal is in superb condition and the pouch. Thanks very much, Chris.

M T, UK, 21.03.2007