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Auction Date: December 3, 2010

Lot 3014: Unmarked Confederate "Dog River" Cavalry Saber

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Unmarked Confederate "Dog River" Cavalry Saber
Estimated Price: $4,000 - $6,000
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Serial #Unmarked Confederate ManufacturerNone ModelNone
TypeOther Gauge Catalog Page134
Barrel FinishBright Grip
Stock ClassOther RatingSee Condition
DescriptionUnmarked and un-identified Confederate copy of a U.S. Model 1860 Light Cavalry Saber. The saber has a 34-inch blade with rounded back and two, stopped, fullers. The blade is one-inch wide at the ricasso. The cast, brass, two-branch guard and Phrygian helmet pommel are nearly identical to the regulation U.S. saber. However, the back of the guard tapers to a distinct point and the underside of the guard has a deeper indentation with more pointed ends than a U.S. saber. The guard and pommel have rough casting and polishing marks which are not found on a U.S. Model 1840 or Model 1860 saber. The grip profile generally matches the profile of the Model 1840 grip. The grip appears to be covered with oiled cloth and is wrapped with a single strand of thick brass wire. The wire has the reddish tone that is typical of Confederate brass with a high copper content. The saber has no visible markings or traces of makings. The manufacturer is unknown but the lack of fine finish on the guard and pommel, oil cloth grip cover thick wire wrap on the grip identify it as a Confederate "Dog River" saber (Confederate sword of unknown origin).

ConditionGood. The saber blade is in good condition with a smooth dark patina. The blade edge is free from nicks. There is some minor pitting on the ricasso. The brass guard and pommel are in fine condition. The brass has a very attractive, un-polished, patina and is has no significant dents and scratches. The oil-cloth grip cover shows moderate handling wear. The thick brass wire wrap appears to be original and is completely intact. The leather washer at the junction of the blade and guard is missing. The scabbard does not have a scabbard. This is a good example of a Confederate "Dog River" copy of a regulation pattern U.S. Model 1860 Light Cavalry Saber.
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