US Civil War Confederate Cavalry Trooper's
Sword / Sabre (sold)
An 1840 model "wrist breaker" US cavalry sword / sabre
made by PD Luneschloss clearly for the Confederate Army in Mississippi
during the American Civil War.
An interesting sword in very good condition with an even more interesting
story behind it. Bought with a story it came from the American South
years ago directly after the US Civil War, the markings confirm
The ricasso / forte of the blade has been clearly "cleaned"
by the maker; the maker's name has been removed. However, they did
not obliterate all of the maker's mark and the bottom line of dots
that makes up the famous PD Luneschloss logo can still be clearly
seen. Foreign makers such as Luneschloss provided the Confederate
Army with 1840 Model cavalry sabres as the newer 1860 Model from
Northern US based makers obviously became impossible for the Southern
army to source. However, wishing to be discrete and not upset the
Union, foreign maker's either did not mark or removed the markings
on blades to the south. There are many unmarked blades on foreign
made 1840M's that come onto the market but most of these never saw
the USA let alone action. This sabre not just made it to the USA
but also was accepted into service, given both scabbard drag and
hilt rack number stamps.
The scabbard is stamped "M" for Mississippi, the hilt
stamped "99" for sabre / rack number 99. The impressive
35 inch blade with single mini fuller next to the back edge is in
superb condition and firm in the hilt. The hilt itself is in good
order, the grip complete with twisted wire grip wire / bindings.
The steel scabbard very good too and the blade sheathes / draws
exceptionally well. A well above average example and with excellent
provenance that this was once held by a trooper of General Lee's
Confederate Army. Item reference 302. Further / full sized images
available upon request.