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    Fine Condition, Unusual Form, Mounted Infantry Officer's Saber By Horstmann & Sons, Phila. C. 1845. 35 1/2" quill back blade with 10" rudimentary false edge. Etched for 3/4 its length and very similar to the M1833 Dragoon Officer. Obverse with panel of oak leaves, arms panoply with American shield with US, spread wing eagle with shield on breast, riband with hand engraved motto and surmounted by rays. There is a tent flying an American flag above this and then a panel of laurel leaves and berries. Maker's logo etched at the base "Horstmann / & Sons / Philadelphia" with crowned head stamped on the ricasso. "Iron Proof" etched on the back of the blade. Reverse with similar oak leaf panel at base, arms panoply surrounded by oak leaf wreath, Indian brandishing tomahawk with tucked wing American eagle above with riband with hand engraved motto surmounted by stars and rays. Oak leaf and acorn panel at the top. Blade is overall about mint with no edge nicks,retaining 98% of the original brilliant luster and just one small abrasion. retains the original red wool washer. Nickel plated guard also similar to the 1833 Dragoon with two outboard branches, stepped/fluted pommel with full backstrap. The guard also incorporates the unusual feature of a black leather thumb loop attached at the base of the grip, broken at one attachment point but no loss. Sharkskin grip about perfect with twisted brass wire wrap which is all present but a bit loose. There is a 3/8" ribbed decorative ferrule at the base of the grip. The guard is slotted for a sword knot and, remarkably it retains the original white buff knot which is in about mint condition. The knot is 17" long with the strap 3/4" wide and retains both adjusting loops with a huge, bulky 2" wide tassel. The nickeled scabbard with absolutely no dents retaining 90% of the original finish with an area between the ting mounts with some flaking and surface rust. There are a few other small spots of bubbling of the nickel and a few additional tiny flakes. The scabbard should be carefully hand cleaned and would be improved in appearance considerably. Stepped throat affixed by a small screw which is missing. A most attractive and unusual sword and especially desirable, beyond its intrinsic value with this superb sword knot.

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    December, 2012
    8th Saturday
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