This is a highly desirable presentation grade cavalry officer's saber made by Samuel C. Bunting of Philadelphia. The saber has a Model 1840 pattern, flat-back, 35 1/4 inch, blade with acid-etched panels highly decorated with detailed images including stands of flags, an eagle, a cannon, floral sprays, a large "U.S." and "UNION AND VICTORY." "S. C. BUNTING" in an arch over "PHILa" marked on either side of the ricasso. "IRON PROOF" etched on the spine. The gilt brass, three branch guard has acanthus leaf engraving, and the quillion area of the guard has a highly detailed cannon with full carriage and wheels. The pommel is engraved with leaves. The leather grip is twisted in brass wire wrap. The scabbard has a gilt brass drag, suspension bands and rings and throat. The drag and suspension bands are decorated with raised acanthus leaf designs. These Bunting officers sabers are described on pages 123-125 of the book, "Civil War Cavalry & Artillery Sabers" by John H. Thillmann. This is one of only a handful of Bunting marked examples of its kind known.
Fine. Guard retains strong traces of the original gilting with attractive aged patina on the balance and still retains its original saw-toothed buff leather washer at the base of the blade. Leather grip is very good with light handling and age related wear, and the twisted wire wrap is tight and complete. Blade is very fine in bright original polish with some areas of light brown patina, and the etched panels retain nearly all of the correct frosted acid etched background finish. Scabbard is good with brown patina and scattered moderate pitting on the iron surface, and the brass fittings retain strong traces of the original gilting with attractive aged patina on the balance. This is an attractive and highly decorated example of a rare Bunting officers' cavalry saber that would make an excellent addition to any U.S. martial sword collection!
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