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Model 1860 Enlisted Cavalry Saber, w/Documents to 7th Cavalry

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Model 1860 Enlisted Cavalry Saber, w/Documents to 7th Cavalry
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Model 1860 Enlisted Cavalry Saber, Named on Scabbard, with Research Documents to 7th Cavalry Service. Nice untouched M1860 enlisted cavalry saber with soldier's name engraved on scabbard. Sword is engraved/named to Michael Selzer, who immigrated to the U.S. from Germany in June, 1864. He enlisted September 24, 1864 in the 25th New York Cavalry, Company ''L'', known as ''Sickles Cavalry'', and was discharged on June 10, 1865. In October, 1872 he enlisted in the 7th U.S. Cavalry at Kansas City, MO. where he served until April, 1874, being discharged in the Dakota Territory, for medical reasons. Blade has a maker's mark by Mansfield and Lamb in Forestdale, Rhode Island, stamped on ricasso; reverse is stamped ''U.S., G.W., 1865''. The 35'' blade has one small and one large fuller; the original leather blade washer is present. The three-branch guard and pommel have a nice dark uncleaned patina. The guard is stamped on the underside ''82''. Quillion area is bent down as was commonly done for a better grip. Pommel is marked with a small ''c'' at the top. Grip is covered with original thin brown leather and a single twisted brass wire wrapping. Steel scabbard with two hanging rings; one ring has the remnants of a leather sword knot strap. Scabbard is engraved between the top ring mount and mouth with ''M.M. SELZER, COMPANY T'' in bordered letters with zigzag highlight embossing. Includes a large three-ring binder full of research documents, unit histories, and copies of National Archives soldier's records. Condition is very good, having a nice untouched overall appearance. Blade shows age graying and darkening, with scratches and scuffs from use, but no edge nicks. Guard and pommel have a dark uncleaned patina overall with a dark orange color under the guard that only comes from age. Leather of the grip shows numerous scuffs and scratches, with a couple of small gouges; wood of the grip has cracked in a couple of places. Grip wire is all intact with some minor looseness. Scabbard has a dark rust patina overall with some evidence of a nickel plated finish around the hanger bands and throat. There is a faint number ''19'' stamped in the drag. Overall, a great untouched saber with nice history and documentation. Est.: $2,500-$3,500. (Doug Beneck collection)