Modified 1840 US cavalry sword

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Modified 1840 US cavalry sword

Postby Will Mathieson » Sat Oct 20, 2018 3:43 am

Here is a modified (scabbard) 1840p US cavalry sword. Not everyone's cup of tea but the scabbard caught my attention (and price!).
Scabbard rings and loops removed and leather covered with attachment for the Sam Browne rig.
The scabbard has black paint under the leather covering which appears original. My thoughts are after the US Civil War many swords became surplus at low prices.
Some Canadian militia cavalry regiment or regiments may have taken advantage of inexpensive swords. The sword is one of three that were found at an estate south of Belleville Ont. that the family said they had as far as they could remember. Now to source any photos of Canadians with US swords.
The sword itself is unmarked but for a "69" stamped into the knuckle bow nearest the pommel. Lack of makers marking usually means a Solingen maker.
Condition is fine with excellent blade, hilt and grip covering with its wire. I had to use a magnifier to determine that the grip covering and wire are original.
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Re: Modified 1840 US cavalry sword

Postby Dmitry » Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:02 pm

The scabbard throat is brass? Can't see the rest of it.
The regulation US M1840 scabbards were iron.
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Re: Modified 1840 US cavalry sword

Postby Will Mathieson » Wed Oct 24, 2018 12:59 am

The throat is iron as is the scabbard.
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Re: Modified 1840 US cavalry sword

Postby Dmitry » Wed Oct 24, 2018 2:16 pm

On the photo throat looks like brass, on the inside it looks yellow, with green patina.
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Re: Modified 1840 US cavalry sword

Postby Will Mathieson » Wed Oct 24, 2018 3:09 pm

By the looks of the leather etc. this sword lived on a fireplace mantle. The colour you see is deceiving. A magnet tells me it's a steel throat.
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