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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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The cavalry sword arrived safely this morning, very pleased with it. Many thanks.

S G, UK, 20.01.2009

Hanger arrived safe and sound 11.30ish today. Very pleased, it's as expected. Your excellent pics make all the difference in terms of confident buying over the net. As a matter of interest, the frog, which as you said is very a/f, is, as you thought, 'spot on'. On closer inspection it is a mk.1 Naval Frog, designated 'for cutlasses'. Date seems around 1860ish give or take.

By the way, I think your site is very user friendly. Seems to work much better than many and up to date, a rarity!!!

C W, UK, 20.04.2006

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