34.75" blade length. Marked on the ricasso C. Roby, Mass; on the reverse in three lines US 1864 A.G.M. Brass pommel and three-branch guard. Leather and brass wire-wrapped handle. Metal scabbard. Marked on the top of the quillon portion of the guard is the name TP Carver.
Based on the name "T.P. Carver" stamped in the pommel top, the consignor had attributed this sword to a Confederate trooper so named with service in Co. B, 40th Va. Cavalry Battalion. No provenance accompanies the saber and the name in the context of Virginia service is not found in HDS. An unsourced photocopied document does list a "Thomas P. Carter" with service in both the 24th VA Cavalry Regt. and 40th Va. Cavalry Battalion. HDS also has two other Confederate cavalryman named "Thomas Carver" but without a middle initials. One was in the 1st NC Cavalry but deserted in March 1863, the other in the 5th TN. Cavalry; service dates unknown. Additionally, HDS lists 6 Union cavalrymen named Carver with "T" for the first name but no middle initial. There are simply too many possibilities to be positively certain of the Confederate attribution.
The blade has excellent markings, the blade itself is gunmetal gray with some light staining. The handle is missing some of the twisted wire, but all of the original leather cover is still there. Brass guard and pommel with nice dark brown patina. The scabbard is dark brown with some staining.
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