I never use the absurd phrase, Looks good for its age, see pictures. I give a detailed written description along with pictures, then I grade the item mint, new, excellent very good, good, etc. I also point out any problems that I can find. American Civil War Model 1840 cavalry sword.
Leather covered wood and brass wire wrapped grip. Brass knuckle bow and pommel. This is a great example of an American Civil War Sword, American Army Model 1840 Heavy Cavalry Saber. It is in overall good/very good condition.
It has the single fuller that runs the length of this combat blade which makes the weapon lighter and easier to carry. The blade has the overall grayish patina. There is a slight nick on the blade, which is small enough that you have to look and feel for. The blade, guard, and pommel are in good/very good condition.
The grip is missing about 1/3 of the original leather. The wood and wire wrapping are all in good/very good shape. The blade and hilt are solid.
In the heavy brass guard. You physically have to move it with your hand to feel this tiny bit of play in the guard Again the blade and hilt are solid. The original scabbard has the usual battlefield dents and has its own 153 + year patina.
During the American Civil War, war materials were often on short supply on both sides. Even French dragoon pistols were used by the Union.Master Swordsmith Clemen & Jung of Solingen, Prussia. It display's the proper marking C & J on the ricasso.
The maker mark design with the C&J inside a box of dimples is indicative of specifically American Civil War importation. Both Northern and Southern Buyers found these to be quality steel weapons of top grade European craftsmanship and tended to be reserved for officers. I traded for this sword about 40 years ago from Marquis Jewelers of Alexandria, VA , the owner was G.Chick Somavilla, a WW II combat vet and very good friend, who has since passed. As a recall from 40 or so years ago, he acquired it from Homer Brett the knife expert? I may be wrong, but this is what I recall. This is why I feel it is Confederate. I also could find no inspection stamps, which I understand was done extensively in the North, but not so much in the South for edged weapons. Also see my other combat edged weapons and hard to find military books. AMERICAN CIVIL WAR 1840 MODEL HEAVY CAVALRY SWORD GENUINE, CONFEDERATE" is in sale since Wednesday, July 4, 2018.
This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Original Period Items\Edged Weapons". The seller is "paulsier" and is located in Great Falls, Virginia.
This item can be shipped to United States.