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M1860 Cavalry Sword - Dated 1861 - Marked
Item #: FDR15-096
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Here is a cool M1860 Cavalry Saber without a scabbard. The blade has a modeled gun metal gray tone throughout with some minor pitting noted. The edge has been sharpened long ago with some flea bites noted down the length of the blade. The ricasso is blank on one side (most likely a very light early Ames stamp) and the date '1861' on the opposite side. The leather washer is present.

The brass guard has a nice mellow tone throughout and, as most do, has the quillion bent forward. The leather wrap and wire are gone, leaving the wood grip exposed which has split down the side (see pics). The pommel cap is tight and shows no signs of being messed with - the guard is tight. Somewhere along the line there has been a single strand of copper wire placed on the grip - it is loose however.

What's unique, and I leave this up to you to decide (it intrigued me when I first saw the sword), is that on the outer branch of the guard is marked "W Grady 1 NC". There were two W Grady that I found in the records that served in the 1st NC Cavalry. Winfrey Grady who was captured on a couple of occasions and subsequently died as a POW. The other was listed as William G Grady and was killed at Buckland's Mills, Va. Again, there is some more research to do here.


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