C. Roby Plain Hilt Model 1860 Cavalry Officer's Sword

34.75" curved, single-edged blade with 27.5" stopped median fuller. 40.75" in overall length, with a gilt brass 6" hilt with three-branch guard and Phrygian helmet pommel. Grooved wood grip with top-seamed shagreen cover and thirteen wraps of dragoon style gilt wire, with a twisted pair flanked by two plain wires. Blade etched IRON PROOF on spine and with deeply etched flowing foliate motifs on the obverse with an American Eagle and panoply of arms as the central themes. The reverse of the blade engraved in a similar fashion with flowing vines, foliate scrolls a panoply of arms and with the letters USC (US Cavalry) as the central motif. The ricasso is etched C. ROBY & CO / W. CHELMSFORD / MASS. Partial buff washer in place at throat. Sword is accompanied by it correct pattern gilt brass mounted, browned metal scabbard with two suspension rings and a prominent lap seam along the lower edge. Plain hilt cavalry officer's sabers with etched blades are uncommon, as a company grade officer on a budget was more likely to acquire the more practical variant with a decorative hilt with a plain blade. A fine example of an uncommon cavalry officer's saber by a prominent American maker and retailer.

Provenance:From the Sword Collection of William Koch


Fine. Blade retains some of the original polish, showing some dulling and some very lightly scattered flecks of age discoloration and oxidation. Blade and hilt remain tight and the peen is untouched. Hilt with some traces of gilt finish, and some lightly scattered impact marks. Grip with some light wear on the high edges, particularly along the top. Wire tight. Scabbard with nice thinning brown over most of the metal as well as some surface oxidation and some very minor light dings and handling marks. Mounts with strong traces of gilt.

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
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