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This Model 1860 Light Cavalry saber and scabbard dated 1864 was manufactured by partners Henry Mansfield and Estus Lamb in Forestdale, Rhode Island. Issued to Federal horsemen during the last year of the American Civil War, this is one of 37,500 edged weapons produced for the U.S. Ordnance Department by the firm during the war. The guard, grip, and blade are all firmly attached to each other and exhibit no play whatsoever.
The brass guard and pommel has a dull yellowed brassy patina. Its blade length measures approximately 34-3/4 inches, with a 27- inch fuller. Its curved blade has a pleasing light grey sheen which has been maintained in excellent condition with little discoloration. Along the blade but primarily in the lower region are nicks likely from period use. Marked very clearly on the blade is “MANSFIELD & LAMB”. Its domed brass pommel cap is present. The center-swell handle grips have the leather wrap cover that is worn from use. The original matching steel scabbard has acquired a very pleasing mottled grey patina. There is no denting on both sides.
Both suspend twin rings measuring approximately 1-1/4 inch (outer diameter). Both rings exhibit slight wear indicative of this rig being belted and worn by the soldier. But are firmly in place. The scabbard retains its throat collar and exhibits a brazed seam along the bottom length where the metal was folded and joined. This finely crafted Mansfield & Lamb saber and scabbard will be an excellent addition to any Civil War edged weapon or general relic collection.
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