This very desirable quarter-plate tintype features a young Union cavalry trooper armed with a rare Savage Navy Model revolver as well as an M1860 type cavalry saber. These revolver were issued in limited numbers during the Civil War to a handful of Union cavalry regiments, with some ending up in the hands of Confederate cavalry troops. The top of the troopers hat bears a unit badge with a number over crossed swords over an "A" company marking. The writer believes the number is a "2" and likely represents the 2nd Wisconsin cavalry who were issued 400 of these revolvers, the second highest amount issued to a single regiment. The 2nd Wisconsin were involved in the sieges of Vicksburg and Jackson. The buttons, buckles, hat badge, and sword hilt have been lightly accented with gold enamel. It is housed in a leatherette wrapped case with floral motifs.
Very fine, the image distinct with a few patches of very light smudging near the edges of the visible portion of the image. The case is also very fine with some mild wear.
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