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Title US cavalary sabre, model 1860
Nationality American
Period 1865
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This classic sabre was carried by Union troopers throughout the US Civil War (1861-5), or in the Plains Indian Wars afterwards. It is marked 'J.ROBY / W. CHELMSFORD / MASS.' on one side of the forte and dated 1865 with a US mark on the other. Typically, the cavalry trooper was armed with this, a six-shot percussion revolver and a carbine.

The blade has lost all its factory polish, but is still in good shape. There is a strand of brass wire missing from the grip near the pommel; otherwise, the grip and guard are in excellent shape. I have deliberately left the patina on the guard and scabbard to avoid confusion with the myriad reproductions of this sword on offer. A point of essential interest is the brazing seam on the scabbard, which distinguishes the originals from the copies, and the nice patina to the leatherwork. Most of the copies I have seen are marked for Ames, Chicopee, Mass., rather than Roby.

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

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


The parcel has arrived - at the time you indicated.

The sword lives up to expectations and looks even better than on the website. The detail and etching is superb.

Thanks so much for your help and the extra information.

R P, UK, 27.02.2016

Many thanks - badge recieved - excellent one!

A K, UK, 06.02.2014