Authentic antique American Civil War US cavalry sword model 1840, saber called the "wrist breaker” manufactured by Sheble & Fisher, Philadelphia.
Details: a hilt with a three bar brass guard, and a leather covered wooden grip bound with roped brass wire, with a brass pommel. An extremely long slightly curved single edged flat back steel blade, with a narrow and wide fuller, stamped at the ricasso, "SHEBLE & FISHER / PHILAD". The sword is in its original steel scabbard with two suspension rings.
CONDITION: the sword is in good condition considering its age, except the ricasso with the maker’s name has scratches, which makes the makers name not clearly visible. There are two drilled holes on the outer side of the scabbard, one in the lower part of the steel scabbard, and the second at the upper part, most likely made by someone to mount on a wall.
MEASUREMENTS: overall length with the scabbard: 110 cm (43 1/4inches). Length of the sword without the scabbard: 105 cm (41 3/8 inches). Length of the blade: 90.7cm (35 3/4 inches).
Samuel Sheble and John Stevenson were listed as fork manufacturers, and by 1862 they were listed as a supplier for military goods in the Philadelphia business directory. John Fisher at about this time was listed as, among other things, a hardware, cutlery, and instrument maker. It is believed that Samuel Sheble and John Fisher started manufacturing at around 1859, when it was first noted that their firm 'Sheble and Fisher' were listed in the business directory. It is unclear as to how many swords Sheble and Fisher made of the M1840 & M1860 Cavalry Sabers, M1840 Artillery Saber, or NCO swords. This is primarily due to the fact that no known evidence of a wide spread government contract exist, only a small amount of M1840 Artillery Swords & 1,000 NCO swords are known to have been furnished to the government; this is further complicated by the fact that none of the swords in existence are known to have government inspector's stamps.
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