Saturday July 26, 2014

NEW! Civil War Officer's Sword


it's real! We didn't make this one!

It is a private-purchase infantry officer's sabre from around 1812, imported by Tomes & Son/Melvain in New York and manufactered by Wilhelm (William) Clauberg. Tomes & Melvain held contracts for 3289 sabers and 814 sabers of English pattern, but I did not find a numeric mark on this one.

The obverse of the blade has the "PROVED" little brass disk embedded into the blade, foliage and scroll work, and "U.S" concluded with additional foliage. The reverse has the W. / Clauberg / standing knight / Solingen. The handle is original ray skin, peened through by the backstrap; the wire seems to be silver or nickel silver as it has a green patina under it. The brass hilt has an even, solid patina on it, as does the scabbard - there are no spots of discoloration that would indicate active metal corrosion.

The scabbard is pretty well-loved, but in all it is a solid work. If you wish to dicker about the price, I will get you in contact with the owner. He received it from a dealer in Atlanta, who got it from someone's attic in Dowagiac, Michigan, if the story is to be believed. It comes in its own cabinet-grade wooden shipping container, which is a work of art in itself.

If I have missed a photo of an area you would like to see, or a detail you'd prefer to know before purchase, I will make every effort to accommodate your request.

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  • Model: Argh
  • Shipping Weight: 7lbs

This product was added to our catalog on Thursday February 07, 2013.