1864 Original Civil War Model 1860 Light Cavalry Saber by C. Roby
DLRC #: 1802112 // PCGS #: MiscLotUS
An enthralling Civil War relic that came from the great, great, great grandson of a Union cavalry trooper. A nicely original, circulated curved saber that was produced by C. Roby of West Chelmsfort, Massachusetts. The leather grip is well-worn, but the binding and hand protector are still in solid shape. The steel scabbard is also included with this marvelous historic item. The Model 1860 Light Cavalry Saber (referred to as the M1860 as this was when the first 800 were issued) was used by U.S. cavalry from the American Civil War until the end of the Indian wars; however, some were still being used during the Spanish-American War. The saber was 41in in length with a 35in blade and weighed 2lb. 4oz by itself and 3lb. 10oz when inside the iron scabbard. The M1860 was smaller, lighter and easier to handle than its predecessor, the Model 1840 Heavy Cavalry Saber, but still had the same leather-wrapped grip, brass guard and steel scabbard. By the end of the Civil War, over 300,000 M1860s were produced. M1860s were carried by many infantry and staff officers as well as cavalry because the M1850 Army Staff and Field Officers' Sword had to be purchased privately. Well-known users include J.E.B. Stuart and George Armstrong Custer. In the later part of the Civil War, cavalry charges were less frequent and the need for the saber was not as high. Many exchanged their sabers for extra revolvers or left them in the saddle while they were fighting on foot with Spencer carbines and Henry rifles. These sabers the cavalry used are also seen in many Westerns as the movie industry purchased original antiques in the 1920s when leftover Civil War equipment was cheap. It is additionally used by some U.S. Army Cavalry units in Color Guards, when in period uniforms or in Dress Blues. Some are even given out as gifts to a departing Cavalry Trooper with their name, rank and dates of service engraved in the scabbard.
- Category Miscellaneous U.S.
- Series Miscellaneous Coinage