1865 Dated Roby Model 1860 Light Cavalry Saber - Manufactured by the West Chelmsford, Massachusetts firm of Christopher Roby and Company, this cavalry saber and scabbard was one of over 48,000 edged weapons produced by the firm for the U.S. Ordnance Department. Considered one of the ‘later contract’ (1864-1865) specimens, the M1860 blade presented here is a finely made weapon.
Blade is slightly curved. Marked clearly on the obverse riccasso is “U.S. / 1865 / A.G.M.” The reverse ricasso bears “C. ROBY / W.CHELMSFORD (arched) / MASS.” The tight, brass hilt retains the original buff leather washer and a high domed pommel cap which bears an inspector’s small letter ‘M” stamped on it.
The grips feature the typical shallow groove, leather covered handle with the Roby-style, two-strand twisted brass wire wrapped around the handle. The pleasing, black leather wrap is in very good condition with no rips or tears.
Matching steel scabbard wears a dark chocolate patina is in good condition. The two ring mounts are tight and secure two sword rings. Scabbard retains its throat piece. No inspector marks are discernable on the drag.
It is noted that General George A. Custer carried a Roby enlisted model 1860 during his wartime service and said the saber was the best model sword ever made. This Roby saber is a great specimen sure to compliment any Civil War edged weapon display or collection.
Inventory Number: SWO 045