Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Unique U.S. Mounted Artillery Officer's Saber, Circa 1795. First example even remotely similar we have encountered. 31" curved flat blade with raised 10" false edge. The blade is decorated for 2/3 its length with gilt highlighted engraved decoration including, on the obverse leaf scrollwork, arms panoplies, a great primitive American spread wing eagle with shield in the center with rays above and riband with engraved motto below. Also a large liberty cap on a pole with riband engraved "WARRANTED" below. Reverse with similar engraving but incorporating the central theme of an American Indian with bow, arrows in quiver etc. The engraved decoration on this sword is more extensive than any other sword we've seen from this period and retains 70% of the original gilt highlighting. The blade dark and smooth with no pitting, just one tiny nick and some small minor scattered patches of very old surface rust.. Very nice and a very scarce form. The hilt is even more unusual. The wide brass guard, which is decorated on the face with a profusely pierced motif of grape vines, splits at the bottom to form two branches and a base, with pierced scrolls and incise decorated quillon. Ring for attaching a sword knot where the knuckle bow enters the pommel which is a massive lion head. Exceptionally fine detail with full backstrap. Checkered ebony grip, shaped to fit the hand, very sound with one age hairline and a large chip inside just below the pommel. 3/8" decorative brass ferrule at the base. The hilt overall retains 90% of the original gilt. The sword overall really striking, and an exceptional American officer's saber from the early Federal period.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    December, 2012
    8th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 604

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold on Dec 8, 2012 for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2021 September 25 - 26 Including the Mahoney Collection of George Washington Inaugural Buttons. Americana & Political Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    You reach a customer base that is in many ways completely unknown to the major auction houses, and your marketing to this base is as professional as one could hope for. As I continue to wind down my holdings.
    Michael Z.,
    Hawthorne, NY
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search