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Title US dragoon officer's sword, 1831 model
Nationality American
Period c 1831
Price £575.00
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This is one of the rarest of the post-1812 War cavalry swords. The Federal army was microscopic at this time, perhaps only 30,000 strong, the numbers only gearing up for the Mexican War of 1848. The design is a direct copy of the British light cavalry sabre of the same era.

The hilt and scabbard are of iron. The grip is fish skin wrapped around a wood core, with a copper wire binding (all intact!). There is some minor patination to both hilt and scabbard. It has been carefully cleaned overall, by hand. The blade measures just under 32" long and has minor dark patina spots scattered throughout.

I suspect that the blade is a German import and certainly the engraving would indicate that - the eagle has a definite Tyrolean aspect! I think this is the last 19th-century example of a US cavalry officer's sabre with an iron hilt; after this they were always in brass.

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


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

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[From a vendor, rather than a buyer]

I'm delighted that you are happy with the badge and I hope you can sell it to someone who will value owning it.

I tried to sell it on eBay but they won't accept Nazi items. I then contacted several dealers via a Google search who mostly offered me 40-50 after some haggling. Most of the other dealers tried to conceal its true value in their replies and also lacked manners which doesn't inspire confidence.

Ultimately it's about trust. I should think that most prospective sellers have done their own research and therefore know roughly what their item is worth. You were the only dealer who had the integrity to concede that my valuation was approximately correct and I respect your comment that you can't offer this as you need to make a profit. Your honest approach is greatly appreciated and I felt comfortable taking the risk in sending it to you.

Thank you for a smooth transaction

C D, UK, 01.07.2015

Thank you. I have received the bayonet. It is indeed in excellent condition and miracle! It fits my antique P53 perfectly.

A F, Belgium, 29.08.2005

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