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    US M1833 Dragoon Saber with Period ID to Jefferson P. Boles, 4th Tennessee Cavalry, CSA. The consignor purchased this sword in Georgia many years ago and, upon carefully removing years of built up grime, discovered "J. P. Boles" lightly but neatly scratched on the backstrap. A search of records yielded only one viable candidate, Jefferson P. Boles. The 4th Tennessee Cavalry was organized in August of 1862 and disbanded January 23, 1863 with most troops being dispersed to other regiments. Despite their short term of service the regiment was heavily engaged including Murfreesboro and Fishing Creek.

    The sword is a standard issue M1833 dragoon. The quill back blade generally smooth and light gray, with one noteworthy area of heavy pitting on both sides about 3" from the tip. Hand engraved "N. P. Ames/ Cutler/ Springfield/ 1839 on the obverse with inspector's mark at the base and "United States" on the reverse. Brass hilt excellent retaining a light to medium patina with "J. P. Boles" scratched on the backstrap. The grip retains most of the original brown leather, with one small repair near the pommel. Twisted brass wire appears to be an old replacement. The original iron scabbard generally smooth and dark with just some pitting at the drag. There are a number of dents, including a noteworthy one about 4" below the middle mount which has resulted in a crack, about 4" below the middle mount, but very sound, original throat, the rings are old replacements. A scarce US sword with good Civil War period Confederate ID.


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    June, 2008
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