Nice ca. 1810-1840 Militia Light Artillery Saber - F.W. Widmann Philadelphia
Here is a Very Good ca.1810-1840 Militia Light Artillery
Saber ! Unlike many of this pattern, this one is American
maker marked too ! Though it probably missed action in
the War of 1812, many of these sabers saw service in the
Mexican War, & even early in the Civil War. Saber has a
33.5 inch long single edge blade with 8 or 9 minor flea bites,
and a tiny bit of pitting on the last 1.5 inches at the tip. Rest
of the blade has a salt & pepper look. Blade, grip, and guard
are tight with very little if any play. Grip still retains 80-90%
of its original leather wrap worn only on the high points, and
all of its original double twist copper wire. Makers’ mark of
“F.W. WidmannPhilad.” stamped in relief on front of cross
guard. Widmann is better known for his Marine Swords, and
presentation swords, but apparently also produced “working
man” sabers. Original leather scabbard is present with no
breaks and brass mounts. Some stitching loss on the back
but scabbard hasn’t opened up like you sometimes see.
Brass drag is very secure, but middle and upper mounts
are loose and will slide some. Ring on upper mount is an
old brass washer replacement. These Early Sabers are
not uncommon, but to see them US Maker marked is !
A Nice Early 1800s Artillery Saber that Displays
$775 plus shipping
Fine M1840 Heavy Cavalry Saber by Horstmann Philadelpia - Silver Painted Scabbard likely from GAR Hall Display
Here is a VeryNice Model 1840 Heavy Cavalry Saber, a.k.a.
The Wrist breaker ! An American made version, manufactured
by Horstmann of Philadelphia, it is completely original and in
it's original scabbard ! Scabbard has an old coat of silver paint,
which likely indicates it hung in a G.A.R. Hall, or saw use during
parades. Scabbard fine though, with throat & carry rings intact,
& no major dents, just one tiny rust thru spot at the very bottom
near the drag. Saber also in fine shape, with full length blade
having 7-8 small nicks on the edge, showing honest use.
Maker's mark of “ HORSTMANN PHILAD'A” easily legible
on left ricasso. Grip still retains it's original leather and wire
wrap. Leather is worn some as usually seen on originals, and
wire has one or two strands loose near the pommel, but still
intact. Brass guard has a tiny bit of play, but not bad at all.
Most of the sabers sitting in southern state arsenals at the
beginning of the war, were American manufactured Model
1840's, so you know a good number of these were carried
by Confederate Cavalry. A Nice Original M1840 Heavy
Cavalry Saber !
$695 plus shipping
Very Fine Non-Regulation 1850 US Field & Staff Officer's Sword w/1902 Knot
Here is a Fine Condition Non Regulation US M1850 Field& Staff Officer’s Sword ! Both Sword and scabbard are in outstanding condition, and there is also a very nice gold and black sword knot tied on the sword guard. The knot is NOT period, but a 1902 pattern, that looks good with the sword, and is often sold for $125 to $150 by itself. Sword grip retains 95% or more of it’s original fishskin grip with all wire wrap intact and tight. Grip and guard are tight to the blade with virtually no play. Device on guard is “E Pluribus Unum”over an Eagle, over the cut-out letters US, with all the brass having a wonderful mellow patina. Engraved blade
has floral sprays with US upside down on the left side, and floral sprays, with a spread wing eagle over a bannerwith E Pluribus Unum, on the right side. Blade measures 30.5 inches in length. Top of blade spine shows “ Iron Proof” mark, likely indicating this sword is an import. Knot is about 13.5 inches long. Scabbard appears to be a blue that is mostly gone to a smooth brown patina, with brass mounts, throat, and drag. A Fine Non Regulation US M1850 Civil War Field & Staff Officer’s Sword, that Displays Beautifully !
$995 plus shipping
Nice Modified Austrian Yager Saber Bayonet
Here's a good non dug example of the M1849 Austrian Yager Carbine sword-socket bayonet ! Iron/Steel is still in good shape with no active rust or pitting present. Tip has been cut down and rounded, and the socket has been shortened considerably, with a hole drilled thru both sides. You can just see where the slot used to be on the right side. I have seen examples like this, with rounded points, and a hole thru a modified socket, described as a make-do CS Militia Sword, but haven't seen any documentation to that effect. Could very likely have been done post-war, to insert a wooden handle, and use as a corn knife.There are many examples of all types of bayonets, converted post-war to use as hoes, scythes, or farm knives. Just don't know. However, there were many of these imported at the beginning of the Civil War, and used by both sides. An unusual bayonet, that displays nicely, and may have more history than I know ! $125 plus shipping
Excavated M1842 Bayonet w/Super Nice Iron
Here is a Real Nice Excavated US M1842 Rifle Bayonet !
It came out of the ground with the iron in very nice condition, and
I would bet it came off a slope, or dry sandy ground. Some minor
roughness around the edges of the socket opening, and a little
more on the body of the socket, but blade itself is in great shape.
Total length of about 20.5 inches, with blade length of 17.5.
Lock ring was missing in action. A Nice Excavated Example
of the M1842 Rifle Bayonet !
$100 plus shipping
Nicely Preserved Excavated Enfield Bayonet
I gave this a quick look over when I got it and listed and sold it. Customer though wrote me back and said “I don’t think it’s an Enfield.” So, I gave him a refund and he sent it back. After a careful look at what he saw I now know it is in fact a socket bayonet for the P53 Enfield, BUT, it has a post war alteration of having a bushing installed in the socket to make it fit a Martini Henry Rifle. It was a make do modification done with surplus Enfield Bayonets, until a new 25 inch long bayonet could be manufactured specifically for the 1876 Martini. I never try to deceive anyone, just simply didn’t give this a close enough look the first time. It is still a historic Excellent Condition Excavated Enfield Bayonetbut with a post war modification. Lock ring is still present and the iron is strong with no active rusting or flaking. It’s in such wonderfully preserved condition I think it has been out of the ground for a long time. Superb Example of an Excavated British Bayonet modified for the Martini Henry Rifle. Measures approximately 20.25 inches long with a 17 inch blade. Recovery location Unknown.
$95 plus shipping
Nice Relic Condition M1855 Springfield Rifle Bayonet
Here's a Real Nice Relic/Pickup Condition M1855 Bayonet! All the metal has a wonderful deep brown patina, with only a few areas of very minor pitting. No major bends or damage, and the US marking on top of the blade is still visible. Blade measures 18" long, with the socket measuring 3", making total length about 21". Socket diameter is .780 to .785. Lock ring is missing. Just a Nice "Relic" Example of the M1855 Springfield Bayonet ! $95 plus shipping
Nice Original Condition Ames M1860 Light Cavalry Saber & Scabbard with 1864 Date
Here is a Very Good US M1860 Light Cavalry Saber Made
By Ames ! Blade is a smooth dark gray color, little pitting
and original point. There are a couple of edge nicks, and
three or four little fleabites. Grip and guard are tight with
no play, and grip retains its original leather & wire wrap,
leather being about 60% or so. Wire is tight. The brass has
a wonderful dark reddish patina. The leather washer is a
replacement. Left ricasso is marked, “Ames Mfg. Co
Chicopee, Mass.”, worn but legible, and right ricasso is
marked “U.S. MM 1864.”Original scabbard fits well,
and in good shape, except for the missing throat. Just
a Good American Manufactured US M1860 Cavalry
Saber Ready To Display !
Very Nice Nathan Starr "Contract of 1812-13" Cavalry Saber - 33.75 Inch Blade - Henry H. Perkins Inspected
Here is an Excellent Early Pattern, Nathan Starr Saber, that possibly saw service in the War of 1812 ! This is the 1812-13 pattern, not the 1818 pattern, and may have been issued before the end of the war ! Saber is in very good condition with blade and grip tight to each other. Grip still shows 80% or so of the original leather wrap and never had wire. Right ricasso shows clear inspector’s marks of, “P, over an HHP, [Henry P. Perkins]over maker’s mark of N. STARR.” Blade is a salt & pepper gray with several small nicks along the cutting edge. Iron scabbard is in wonderful condition, with both mounts tight, drag not worn out, throat tightly intact, and except for surface rust, just first rate. Tip of saber still has its original point. Although the contract called for 10,000 of these, in his book, Historic American Swords, Howard Crouch says that only about 1,000 were produced ! As these early Starr sabers go, this one is in very good condition for a nearly 200 year old artifact !! A Fine ca. War of 1812, US Saber that possibly saw service in the Mexican War and Civil War!
Beautifully Preserved Confederate Bridle Cutter Pike From a Large Cache Recovered in South Carolina, in 1980.
Here is a Beautiful Excavated Confederate Bridle Cutter Pike ! It’s been wonderfully preserved, showing little rust on the blade or bridle cutter, and then given a heavy protective coating, that is still intact today. There is no flaking or active rust anywhere on the pike. It measures about 18 inches in overall length, with a 12.75 inch blade, 5.25 inch covered tang where it would have attached to a pole, and approximately 5 inch long bridle cutting blade. There is an old label taped on the lower portion of the blade, but it could be easily removed if desired. This Pike is one of a cache of them recovered on the Old Manchester & Wilmington Railroad, in South Carolina, in 1980. It is accompanied with almost a dozen papers attesting to its provenance, including an account of finding the cache by the original digger, an affidavit from him, a letter from West Point, confirming which pattern it is, a couple of newspaper articles, and even an engineering report with reference to the April, 1865, Official Report concerning the Union Troops burning the Confederate Supply Train. If you Ever Wanted a Confederate Bridle Cutter Pike with Provenance, THIS is the one for you !