Original U.S Civil War M-1840 “Wrist Breaker” Heavy Cavalry Saber by Horstmann’s & Son with Scabbard
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Original item: Only One Available. This heavy Cavalry Saber, known as “Old Wristbreaker” among troops, was designated the U.S. Model of 1840, and was the principal cavalry saber used until the Model of 1860 was introduced. As such it was widely used in the War between the States on both sides.
The sword has all brass mounts, a wood with leather wrapped sword grip, and a nice steel scabbard. The leather of the grip is partly intact, as the leather grip wrapping has unfortunately deteriorated and partly fallen away. The twisted brass wire wrapping is fully intact, though it is loose on the grip due to the leather shrinking. The leather blade buffer is intact and in great shape, and the guard is tight on the blade, with no wobble.
The wicked heavy 36 inch heavy curved blade’s ricasso is stamped on one side with the makers name, which is slightly worn –
There is no marking on the other ricasso, as sabers by Horstmann’s were usually privately purchased. They were a large Military outfitter, and sold all types of items for the military. Many of the blades they used were imported from Germany, though we do not see any markings on the blade. They were often imported unmarked, so they could be customized if desired.