U.S. mounted Infantry officer's saber and scabbard circa 1840
brass hilt with traces of silvering, carved bone grip and shell langets, blade blued and gilt with two bright panels on each side; together with silvered brass scabbard.
overall L37" blade L31 1/2"

Provenance: Property deaccessioned from the Centennial Museum at the University of Texas at El Paso to benefit the Museum Collections Fund. (Accession #56.3.5 inked on crossguard)

Purchased by Norm Flayderman, Wallingford Hall, Kennebunk, Maine.

From the most important American sword collection of Philip Medicus, New York, New York.

Literature: Flayderman, Norm AMERICAN SWORDS FROM THE PHILIP MEDICUS COLLECTION. Mowbray Publishers, 1998. p.132, pl.62, #62f.

Flayderman dated this sword to 1815-20, which might be a bit early. It is generally accepted now that these rather elaborate styles were popular in the 1840s.

  • Hilt with traces of silvering, small, recent chip to bone grip at pommel on reverse. Blade retains 95% of blue and gilt, 1" x 1" area of pitting on reverse just below langet. Scabbard retains 85-90% of silvering, with two small dents on either side near drag.

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