C. Hammond Model 1840 Cavalry Saber - Inventory Number: SWO 236
Model 1840 “wristbreaker” cavalry saber made by Charles Hammond of Philadelphia. Little is known about Hammond’s saber contract, but it is supposed that they were produced in the early 1860s for a state militia or possibly under a commercial contract for another manufacturer. The ricasso bears the clear maker’s mark “C. HAMMOND.” The blade is in excellent, bright condition with a nick-free edge. The guard appears to have areas of gilding or gold paint remaining. With the number “73” stamped on the knuckle bow and pommel. The leather grip is in excellent condition and complete with twisted brass wire wrap. The original leather washer is intact around the ricasso. The scabbard is in good condition with areas of light rust and exhibits the classic Hammond crudely brazed seam touched up with lead solder. An overall excellent example of a scarce maker.
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