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Title US light cavalry sabre, model 1860 by Roby
Nationality American
Period 1864
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This classic Union cavalry sabre, with nearly 100% of its original polish to the blade, is marked 'ROBY//W.SHELMSFORD//MASS' at the forte, Roby being the most desirable of the Union makers (the Ames swords have recently been reproduced in India). On the other side of the forte it is marked 'US 1864 A.G.M.'

The blade is superb. The hilt is stained throughout with an overlay of nicotine. A little white spirit or some metal polish would remove this easily. There is a 1.5" split in the obverse side of the hilt and a smaller one on the reverse; otherwise, the hilt is in good shape. There is some minor distortion to the knuckle bow of the guard, all too common in these sabres from service wear and tear.

A brazing seam runs the whole length of the scabbard, which is an 1840 model of a US dragoon example. Because of the wider and heavier scabbard, the blade of this example is a rather loose fit. However, I should add that the 1840 dragoon scabbard is in itself somewhat of a rarity.

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

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


The helmet arrived the day before yesterday and I had a look at it today and everything looks perfect. You packed it up very well indeed. ... I've never seen him so thrilled with a gift!

H J, USA, 12.12.2008

Found the item a little on the expensive side and a bit disappointed that you were unwilling to bend a bit on the price of the Officer's Tunic Eagle (half the fun of buying, after all, is the haggling), but impressed by the speed of delivery and the quality of the item. Was well worth it in the long run...

G F, UK, 30.08.2005