Original U.S. M-1872 Light Cavalry Saber with Nickel-Plated Scabbard - marked Made in Germany

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. The U.S. Model of 1872 Light Cavalry Saber was the second in the series of light cavalry sabers used by the United States. The design was used in the U.S. from about 1872, through the Indian Wars and skirmishes of the 1870's, 1880's and 1890's.

This sword, unlike it's predecessor the Model 1860 Light Cavalry, was considered a minor improvement, although many were still not satisfied. The weight of the sword was less when compared to the Model of 1840 (Wristbreaker) and Model of 1860 (aka New Model). This sword was plagued with many manufacturing defects and ultimately led to the creation of a replacement, the Model of 1904. The noticeable difference is a smaller, sleek-appearing blade (almost fragile in appearance). The hilt appears to be a cross between the 1840 and 1860.

Condition of this 38 inch long example is very good, with the expected wear and patina of age. The curved 32 1/2 inch long blade is solid, with staining but no major rust or pitting. It could probably be buffed to a full shine, but we left it intact to preserve the patina. The grip is solid on the full length tang, however the guard is loose. The grip still has most of the leather wrapping intact, with the original twisted brass wires resting in the grooves of the grip. The blade is unmarked, save for a Made in Germany script marking on the ricasso. Europe, particularly Germany and France, had a very large sword export business, and many upmarket officer's swords were equipped with European blades.

The brass hilt is still in nice shape, though most of the original gilding has worn away over the years. It is a typical cast example, with a very decorative pommel an guard.

The scabbard is in great shape, with no large dents or dings on the scabbard body, and a mostly intact nickel plating. There are some bends in the scabbard towards the drag, but they do not interfere with fitting of the Saber.  The brass fittings are very nice, though the the fitting for the upper hanging ring has a crack on one side. Also the screw that retains the scabbard throat is missing.

Overall a great chance to pick up a typical late 19th century U.S. Light Cavalry Saber.

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