“OLD WRISTBREAKER” Civil War 1840 CAVALRY SABER American HEAVY CAVALRY Sword Based on FRENCH Sabre
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“OLD WRISTBREAKER” Civil War 1840 CAVALRY SABER
American HEAVY CAVALRY Sword Based on FRENCH Sabre
Here we present an antique US Model 1840 Heavy Cavalry Saber, nicknamed “Old Wristbeaker”, made circa the 1850s. The Model 1840 was the second cavalry saber adopted by the U.S. after the M1833. The M1840 actually reached back further to the French M1822 for its inspiration. It was heavy and made for slashing during the cavalry charge with its swept back blade shape. Its moniker, “Old Wristbreaker”, was quite fitting. It served through the Mexican American War, and even though a new blade was adopted in the Model 1860 Light Cavalry Saber, the M1840 saw fighting from both the Union and Confederate points of view.
The overall condition is very good. The brass guard shows an aged patina. The leather and braided wire wrap is tight with 95% of the wire wrap remaining. The blade is semi-bright. The Ricasso has an “R” on the left side. The steel scabbard has been re-plated.
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Overall condition as seen in photos.
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