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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]

testimonials

My order arrived this morning, thanks for the prompt delivery.

Two excellent original pieces, I must say.

Buckle is in minty condition retaining so much detail esp plummage on eagle's neck and chest, like to see those 'creases' on the legs also... a beautiful example of an early O&C buckle.

Belt is very interesting, rather thin, CROUPON stamped and also behind the tongue...maybe Allegmeine but no SS markings as you state. Beautiful piece none the less.

Thanks for a speedy transaction Chris, I am very happy with my purchase :)

B M, United Kingdom, 26.10.2018

I just got my Tiroler shooting badge in the mail today and it looks great, thank you.

K O, USA, 02.04.2015

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