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. Its original buff leather washer is present. The brass guard and pommel has a dark reddish-brown attic aged patina. Its blade length measures approximately 34-3/4 inches, with a 25-5/16 inch fuller. Its well maintained curved blade has a pleasing light and dark grey sheen with no nicks. Marked very clearly on the ricasso is “U.S. / J.M / 1864” with “MANSFIELD & LAMB / FORESTDALE R. I.” within a large oval on the reverse ricasso. The last parts of “MANSFIELD” and "FORESTDALE" are only partially visible likely due to a weak stamping. Its brass two branch guard and knucklebow is in good shape with no unusual bending. Its domed brass pommel cap is present with one side is inspector stamped “J.M”. The center-swell handle grips have the leather wrap cover that is in fairly good condition with a bit of leather missing at its lower end. Its original twist brass wire is no longer present with the exception of a small strand at the top of the handle. The original matching steel scabbard has acquired a very pleasing mottled grey-brown patina. There is a dent on one side of the scabbard approximately 6 inches from the bottom of the drag. Near the seam, approximately 10 inches from the bottom of the drag, is a small hole measuring approximately 2/16 x 3/16 inch. The two ring bands are present and firmly affixed. Both suspend twin rings measuring approximately 1-1/4 inches (outer diameter). Both rings exhibit slight wear indicative of this rig being belted and worn by the soldier. 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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