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Swords Used by the Cavalry Branch of Service
Edged Weapons
Gorgeous Presentation Cavalry Officer Saber of the 2nd Maine Cavalry
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This is a truly beautiful sword! This is an original U.S. Model 1860 Officer's Cavalry Saber and we know who carried it! This beauty is Identified to Captain Samuel H. Libby, 2nd Maine Cavalry Veteran Volunteers. This is a more ornate variation of the sword that is illustrated on page 170 of the Cavalry and Artillery Saber book by John Thillmann. This sword is designed with a wonderful gilt brass hilt with the ornate floral designs that let us know it was for an officer and not an enlistedman. It has the stylish spread wing eagle on the top of the counterguard. On the handle of the sword it has the original sharkskin grip intact with a fantastic untouched appearance. Over the skin, it has the original double twist brass wire still tightly attached. The steel blade is full-length at 34-1/2 inches and is clearly maker marked on the blade "COLLINS & CO./HARTFORD/CONN." The blade is beautifully etched with an eagle, "U.S.," and floral designs. The sword is accompanied by the original fine quality silver plated steel scabbard with gilt-brass fittings. The top mounts has the gorgeous "US" lettering in the brass. What makes it really stand out is the jeweler quality inscription between the mounts that reads "Presented to/Capt. Saml H. Libby/Co. L 2d Maine Cav. Vet. Vols./by the Members of the Company,". This soldier was part of a very interesting story. Beofre he served witht he 2nd Maine Cavalry, Captain Samuel Libby was a member of the 27th Maine Volunteer Infantry. He mustered out on July 17, 1863, and reenlisted in the 2nd Maine Cavalry. He was one of the men that stayed after the end of their term of service to protect Washington, D.C. after Gettysburg because many people were worried about the Confederates attacking the capitol. For this THE ENTIRE regiment was awarded the Medal of Honor. The medal themselves were never awarded and in 1917 they were removed from the list of Medal of Honor winners because they couldn't say which men of the 864 men of the regiment stayed to protect Washington. The records show that Libby served his full term on both enlistments and our friends at CivilWarData.com even had an image of Libby in uniform. We sold this sword a couple of years ago and the man that bought it was able to find three CDV images of Libby and one of them is autographed. He is holding another sword in the images. He also found three books about the regiments that he served with. You get the sword as well as the three CDV images. This is a fantastic sword from all angles and there is a very cool history on the man that owned it.

Item #: B2542
Shipping Weight: 20 lbs
Your Price:$5,500.00 USD
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