Model 1840 "Heavy" Cavalry Saber - Manufactured by Sheble and Fisher of Philadelphia with original scabbard. Blade is in good condition. The ricasso is marked with “SHEBLE & FISHER, PHILADELPHIA.” The original leather washer is present. The hilt has a leather covered grip with twisted wire wrap, which is in excellent condition. The brass pommel cap, knucklebow and counterguard have a nice dark patina. Metal scabbard is complete with throat and both mounts and rings.
Commonly referred to as “The Wristbreaker”, was one of the edged weapons used by mounted forces before and during the Civil War. This sword was used in the US from 1840 through the Mexican War, the Civil War, and finally the Plains Indian Wars of the 1870's and 1880's. The sword was not loved by the Cavalry - officers and troopers alike - and earned the name "The Ole Wrist Breaker". The weight of the sword gave the impression that, when wielded strongly in a downward stroke, the momentum developed could not be slowed by the frail human wrist. This sword, also called a dragoon heavy cavalry saber.
A very fine example of an enlistedman’s cavalry saber.
Inventory Number: SWO 066