The sword is in very good condition. The wire is 100% intact. The guard, grip and pommel are tight.The blade is very good. The saber has a patina of about 180 years old. During the American Civil war, over 300,000 swords of various types were imported, mainly from Solingen, Germany. Many of these had no maker marks, and this example doesnt. One explanation was that some manufacturers were supplying both sides, and wanted to avoid embarrassment if their products were found in the hands of the enemy. It is true that some were supplying both sides. I believe that this example was used the Confederate Army. The item "Rare M1840 Artillery US Civil War Sword Confederate Saber American" is in sale since Sunday, September 5, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Original Period Items\Edged Weapons". The seller is "civilwardagger" and is located in Charlotte, North Carolina. This item can be shipped to United States.